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Reduce, reuse, upcycle

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I wouldn’t be performing my due diligence as a journalist if I didn’t connect my post to one of the biggest events this week. Yes, I’m talking about Earth Day.

While maybe our thoughts of recycling when it comes to crafts include visions of sticky, used Popsicle sticks and folding gum wrappers (hey, it worked for this girl!), many of the great handmade items I have seen include some sort of “upcycled” component.

At some of the markets I have been to in New York, I’ve seen bracelets made from old records that have been bended and painted, and vintage clothing taken apart and repurposed into funky pieces.

Of course, you don’t have to just buy these things. This site has some great tutorials on things you can make yourselves with normally-discarded, everyday items. Then there are all the things you can create with newspaper — near and dear to my heart, of course — including flowers and bowls.

Happy Earth Day!

Categories: General
Lisa Chamoff