Ever since I started working from home, I’ve been more aware of the amount and types of things we throw in the bin. Sadly more than 80% of it recyclable but due to lack of any recycling facility it usually finds its way into a landfill L So I decided to reuse and recycle as much as I can, collecting everything that I feel can be reused/ recycled in a cupboard.
I had been saving so many old wedding invitation cards, calendars, paper bags, cardboard boxes etc because I knew “I can do something with them”. Finally today was the D-day when I took them and my creative side out!
And here’s what I did!
Recycling Old wedding cards
One reason why I don’t like throwing wedding cards is that they usually have a religious motif on front so I feel it would be disrespectful to throw it in the bin. And second and more important is that they are usually very pretty… the paper is good quality, many-a-time handmade and the designs are elaborate. So I feel I can do something with them and this is what I did:
Every wedding and function we are looking around for gift envelopes and the good ones come really expensive these days. Most of the wedding cards had an outside jacket and 2-3 invites inside. I used the jacket to make gift envelopes. The invites had a lot of text but the empty space was enough to make gift tags and bookmarks .
Recycling Old Calendar
Even though we rarely go to the calendar to see the dates (what are mobile phones for?), every year we throw out the old and bring in a new. Last year I had got a handmade calendar from an NGO called Manav Sadhna at Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad. It had beautiful origami work and quotations. For almost the first half of January the calendar was still hanging until I decided to take it down and again it went in the drawer of things with which I had to do something!
My first thought was to again make gift envelopes or to use them to cover boxes and make gift boxes. But I didn’t have the heart to cut it when suddenly I realised that any two years will have matching months. May 2012 was same as Jan 2013; June 2012 same as Feb 2013 and there was the idea!
Reusing Cereal Boxes
Our household of two people sees a huge turnover of cereal boxes at the end of every couple of months and throwing them out pains my heart and I wish if there was some recycling option. Then I came across this fantastic idea on the alternative where the lady had made gift bags using cereal boxes. And I thought why re-invent the wheel!
Reusing old bottles
Reusing old bottles have been going on since ages in Indian kitchens. Any plastic or glass bottle is properly washed and used as a storage container. So that one is a no-brainer. My neighbour recently asked me for a small branch from my money plant tree and I used an old Dettol bottle as a pot. I also hung around the neck one of the gift tags I made from the wedding invitation cards!
There are many more recycling ideas bubbling and I’m sure to execute and post about them soon! I would love to see more craft ideas on how we can reuse/ recycle items. Please do share your ideas or websites/ blog posts that talk about it!