Monday, June 28, 2010

Recycle & Reuse


Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can be recycled.

If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.

Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year.

A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year. That's a lot of containers -- make sure they're recycled!

Staggering isn't it? We live in a world filled with products and packaging that often are overlooked for their potential second life.

The Designers once again show how empty jewelry boxes, an ice cream container, tea box and perfume box are all perfect for reuse!

So the next time you go to throw away an item ... please recycle it! Creatively or in the recycle bin!

Gift Box Set
Designer: Tonya Dirk

Peacock Lane, Note Worthy Peacock Lane, Grape Dot Cardstock, Grape dot ribbon,
Peacock Land Stamps, Peacock Lane Buttons & Bling, Peacock Lane Flowers, Perfect Day Cardstock sticker

You've Got Style Trinket Chest
Designer: Rita Shimniok

BoBunny Petal Pushers: Whoosh and Doodles Patterned Papers, It’s A Girl Thing Cardstock Stickers, Buttons and Bling, Flowers, iCandy Brads
Sophie iCandy Jewels, Sunkissed Buttons & Bling
Licorice Double Dot Ribbon

If you would like how-to instructions with close up photos visit Rita's blog at

Tea Bag Box to Gift Box with Petal Brooch
Designer: Debbie Nicholas

12" Petal Pushers Patterned Paper, Petal Pushers iCandy Brad, Petal Pushers Happiness is... Stickers, Petal Pushers Flowers, Petal Pushers iCandy Jewels

S'more Survival Kit
Designer: Juliana Michaels

Roughin' It S'mores, Stripes, Rougin' It Combo Stickers, Roughin' It iCandy Stickers, Roughin' It iCandy Brads, Double Dot Ribbon in Chocolate 5/8", Chunky Chip Alphas in Chiffon

Recycled Item: Blue Bunny Ice Cream Container

Designer Tip: Use an embossing template on your chipboard letters and then lightly rub an ink pad over the top to add color.


  1. Such clever and creative recycling work! You have all made amazing transformations of the original products!

  2. Great projects everyone! We're vacationing in Ohio and we can't find recycling bins here for our plastic water bottles - may have to haul them all back -can't bear to throw them away! We love to recycle!

  3. Great ideas! Love the smore kit!

  4. Oh is this post right up my alley!! Just this weekend I used scrapbook packaging I saved to make treat boxes! I've used empty mayo containers, fireplace match boxes, you name it!! These are great, super cute examples, too!!

  5. I am going ga ga over the smore container and the other things are truly amazing!!!! Love them all

    Hugs Alesia

  6. Great work! Thanks for the great reminder to people to recycle more often!

  7. Wow! All those wasted treasures. So this actually makes us scrappers, kinda earth-savers LOL We don't waste anything :D :P
    Great projects! I love them all!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx Monica

  8. I love all these recycling projects! I have a whole huge basket of items that I alter - I can't stand to throw away perfectly good items that can be re-purposed!! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  9. These are fantastic projects! I just love to recycle and I love the great projects that have been shared here! So much fun and it really shows that one piece at a time, we can really make a difference and have some great creations in the end! Thank you so much for the continued inspiration!!! BO BUNNY ROCKS!

  10. beautiful and fun ways to recycle girls!!!

  11. Great ideas! Love the smores box!

  12. Lovin them all ladies! I love this method of recycling!

  13. Que bonitos proyectos me encantan todas las ideas

  14. What a super post of projects - absolutely inspiring!!! I just loved them all!!!