Earth Day ~ Every Day Week Seven:
Reducing Waste and Re-purposing Items
April 15-21, 2012
The dresser to the left is a great example of what I like to call "rustic". Some refer to it as "shabby chic". Either way, it gives a bit of old country charm and can be placed nearly anywhere with various decorations (ribbons, vases, flowers, photo frames, fabrics, artwork, etc) placed on or near it to match the intent of the area. By the way, this is not my own creation.
The other day, my husband saw a dishwasher set out at the curb in someone's trash. Now, this is a little embarrassing and we're not "trash pickers", but it looked almost new so he brought it home and tested it. Everything works. We just tore out a cupboard to install it, wired it up and got the water lines connected...voila! It's only 6 years old, all digital, black, quiet and cleans REALLY well! One less thing going to the dump and a lot less work for me! Personally, I can't WAIT for garage-saleing season to begin! I love to find treasures and fix them up or re-purpose them for many uses or even re-selling. (The old cupboard we removed won't exactly be put in the trash either - I'm going to use the wood for a bluebird house or two!)
I've never been "into" those crafts for kids, etc, where you use old milk containers or egg cartons. I'd rather not buy the plastic stuff anyway, and our cardboard is recycled along with plastics we do have to buy. Thinking about it, it would be really hard to recycle a paper orange juice container after it has been painted, has google-eyes glued on and pipe cleaners sticking out of it. For kids crafts, I prefer to use natural items (sticks, rocks, pieces of scrap lumber to build a birdhouse...that sort of thing). Here's one Pagan-type-thing I crafted out of grapevine, twigs and a bit of cotton string for my Grand-daughter to hang near her bed as a "dream catcher":
|Crafted from natural items, about 5 inches in diameter|
My Week Six Assignment:
Since my husband is a technician for Dell and Lexmark, and works on many electronic products (from several manufacturers) including laptops and desktops of various brands, printers, gaming systems, cell phones, etc, we have a bit of a head start on recycling resources for these items. Most of them, though, get rebuilt by my husband and are put back into service rather than being disposed of. He hopes to start his own business very soon to repair hardware such as was mentioned above and possibly assist with software issues. (If you need some help repairing a gaming system, computer or other electronic item, send me an inquiry I can pass along to him - he's super reasonable and often gets discounted parts to pass the savings on to the consumer - if you're far from where we live, there may be a fair shipping charge added). Had to give him a little "plug" there...his birthday is this coming Sunday - Earth Day, as a matter of fact! :)
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Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.