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October 3, 2012

Recycling 101
Did you know that more aluminum goes into producing beverage cans than any
other product?  Recycle just one aluminum can and save enough energy to power
a TV for 3 hours - or the equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. 

Repurposing has many of the same benefits as recycling - saving money and keeping stuff out of the landfill. 

I've found old yardsticks and rulers at flea markets for as little as a
quarter each.  What a refreshing idea for transforming a  dull cabinet.

Here's another interpretation of the yardstick/ruler idea.  So cool.

If you find yourself with an extra wood box or drawer, cut small
branches and mount them inside for a woodsy kind of coat rack.
You're right - those industrial hanging lights
are actually old exhaust fans.  So fleaChic!
Ever found an old tool box that was too small to use
as a coffee table and you just didn't know what to do
with it?  Add legs and use it as a console or desk.
Here are three treatments for repurposing ladders:
While ladders make useful shelving units, they're also
charming when used as pot and pan racks in the kitchen.
Remember last week's posting of a vintage phone booth
that had been turned into an aquarium?  Down-size
the concept with a gumball machine for a mini-aquarium.
What a charming entrance to this French book shop.  Face it, there are
some books that will never be purchased at a thrift store even if they're
marked down to a penny.  Artist Jan Reynard turns those unwanted tomes
into architectural wonders:

These rings aren't just darling fashion accessories - they're recycled billiard balls!
It would be almost impossible for us to whittle out one of these darling rings
but you can purchase them by the dozen at Supermarket HQ.
On a more practical note - EVERYONE has tee shirts that they don't use
anymore.  Turn them into hobo tote bags.  Click here for the clever tutorial. 
WARNING:  This last repurposing will bring tears to your eyes.
This little boy's parents built his Halloween costume
around his wheel chair.  Amazing what love can do, isn't it?


  1. So many great ideas. I like the ladder pan rack, and Buster's Ice Cream van is so cute.

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