Monthly Archives: April 2011

Great Recycled Mothers Day Gifts

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

She spent years of her life wiping your bum, so this Mother’s Day treat your mother right!

Recycled tin flowersEverlasting Bouquet

These flowers are made from recycled tin, which will offer a nice colorful and cheery bouquet for a long, long time. Remember that if you choose to buy Mum a real bouquet, use our tips on recycling flowers.

 

 

Bird and Babies NecklaceBird and Baby Birds Recycled Silver Necklace

Handmade, with recycled sterling silver. Have a baby in the family? Have 2, 3, or 8 like the Octomom? Your necklace might get a little heavy, but it’s still sweet.

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How to Make a Recycled Birdbath

Liven Up Your Garden With a Recycled Birdbath

Please Keep Clean Water in Shallow Dishes to Help Birds Survive The Current Heat Wave!!

Creative Commons License photo credit: Koshyk

There is nothing so peaceful and therapeutic as watching birds splash about in your own garden. Combining recycling with bird watching for a winning combination, so use these helpful tips for an easy DIY spring project. Remember that a birdbath can be shallow- the birds won’t mind. All kinds of materials can be recycled into a bird bath. Take a look at some of these ideas and then hunt around your house, local thrift store, or a garage sale.

  • Frisbees
  • A cake pan
  • An old hubcap
  • Old terracotta pots
  • Plates (especially if they have a bit of a lip to hold more water), bowls, cups, etc.

Figure out where you are going to put your birdbath. Will it be in the garden? How tall does it need to be?

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Eco Eggs For After Easter

Egg, Digital DNA, City of Palo Alto, Art in Public Places, 9.01.05, California, USA

Digital DNA by Adriana Varella and Nilton Maltz. Creative Commons License photo credit: Wonderlane

A little bit Easter, a little bit eco, here’s a roundup of some recycled egg-themed goodness.

Digital DNA

Commissioned by the Palo Alto Public Arts Commission in 2000, artists Adriana Varella and Nilton Maltz constructed this 7-foot tall egg using recycled circuit boards. Entitled Digital DNA, this sculpture is an iconic reminder of Palo Alto’s role as the birthplace of Silicon Valley and the new digital information age, and was funded by the city.

Ovetto, an industrial design project by Gianluca Soldi, is a fun egg-shaped recycling bin that’s made from recycled polypropylene. There’s separate compartments designed to make recycling more easy and organized. And it’s shaped like an egg!

We mentioned in our post about recycling crayons that they are easy to melt down and create your own.

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Pitch in at Earth Day Recycling Events

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves

Of the many Earth Day projects and activities, one way to get involved is an Earth Day recycling event near you. People in cities across the U.S. start marking their calendars for the chance to recycle items often not accepted at most locations. Participants are asked to help the environment by bringing their batteries, tennis shoes, cellphones, computers and wide ranges of acceptable and unacceptable items based on local infrastructure.

Earth day recycling event

Creative Commons License photo credit: defendersenews

Along with these recycling events come other opportunities to learn about conservation through displays, informational brochures, give-a-ways and hands-on activities for potentially thousands of attendees. Here’s a few handy tips and background information for these recycling events.

A common question is why do there have to be special recycling events at all? There are a couple reasons.

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Celebrating Recycling in Nature

Baya Weaver (male)  building nest

Creative Commons License photo credit: YimHafiz

Humans aren’t the only ones that rock at recycling. There are other amazing organisms, large and small, that do their part to recycle within the world around them. You may remember from our article on recycling Christmas trees that elephants help out by eating them. The circle of life continues as elephants and people team up together when we make make paper and other interesting products out of elephant poop. Here are some other fun examples of animals that recycle- get inspired this Earth Day, and celebrate how nature recycles.

Nature Recycles

Nature does a lot for people so that we can live on this planet. You could say that nature performs all kinds of services for us, such as pollinating flowering plants, and creating soil for our food to grow. Nature’s recycling systems include the forces behind the the nitrogen, carbon, rock, and water cycles. Most of the work done by nature is not factored into or reflected in traditional prices for the products we consume.

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