Monthly Archives: August 2011

Join the “Put a Cork in it” Collection Drive

Drink Wine and Recycle

Corks, 3:1 aspect ratio

Creative Commons License photo credit: Claudio Matsuoka

It’s a fine time to enjoy some wine, and you’ll be helping to give used material a second life if you do!

The California Wine Club is conducting a nationwide cork drive in partnership with ReCORK.org. The program gives you an easy way to return corks with postage covered by The Club so they can be turned into something useful, like shoes or flooring. That’s right, you don’t even have to pay to send your corks!

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5 Creatively Recycled Notebooks

A Roundup of Our Favorite Recycled Notebooks

Recycled Notebooks

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For back to school or anytime to help stay organized or keep a journal, here are some great and creatively recycled notebooks. Did you know that a piece of paper can be recycled five to seven times before the fibers are too short to be used again? Besides paper that has been used again, there are also fun materials to make a notebook out of, from old books to a highly renewable source provided by elephants.

Guided Products
For straight up, utilitarian notebooks, Guided Products are a great choice because they are made in the USA, and they usually have some great sales going on. Their notebooks are made of 100% post consumer FSC certified recycled paper and use soy based inks. The blank, sturdy covers are also perfect for decorating yourself for your own custom notebook. They offer a 15% discount for schools, government orgs and nonprofits.

Look for an FSC symbol when purchasing paper, as it signifies responsible production. FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council, which has developed criteria that addresses legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, and environmental impacts surrounding forest management.

Ecojot
For notebooks with adorable style, ecojot’s line of journals and notebooks can’t be beat. Designed and printed in Canada with 100% post consumer paper, you can find ecojot notebooks online or in stores near you.

Estimates from Conservatree hold that each ton of 100% post-consumer recycled paper that is used in place of a ton of virgin fiber paper saves 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100 kw hours of electricity, and 60 pounds of air pollution. Take note: For every 42 notebooks made with 100% recycled paper, one tree is saved.

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A Flip Flop Story

Check out the amazing, colorful result of lost flip flops that travel hundreds of miles across the sea.

Read more about recycling sandals and flip flops to learn where you can send your unwanted sandals and flip flops to be recycled, plus a cool whale sculpture that teaches about marine pollution and its effects on species, habitats and ecosystems.

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Make a Recycled Fez From an Empty Ice Cream Carton

What to do with an empty pint ice cream carton? Make a fez for your pet! Being subjected to getting dressed up is a small price for your pet to pay to live rent-free and have someone pick up their poop.

Most of these items can be found readily at an art supply store if you don’t already have them at home. Small pieces of felt should be less than $1! You can substitute an old graduation tassel or black or yellow yarn for the bookmark.

What You’ll Need:

  • Paper ice cream container – pint size
  • Red felt
  • Old bookmark with tassel
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Elastic string (optional)
  • Pet whose will power has been broken down
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The Art of Recycling Phone Books

Alex Queral, It's All Relative, 11" H x 9" W, Acrylic on carved phone book

Courtesy of Alex Queral

Artist Transforms Old Phone Books

Most of us have gotten a phone book dropped off at our business or residence. In fact, every year, more than 500 million telephone books are distributed nationwide- enough paper to circle the earth 4 times!

Luckily, your phone book is 100% recyclable. An old phone book can be reused, recycled and upcycled into cereal boxes, paper towels, animal bedding, insulation or more phone books. Paper in phone books can be brought to some recycling centers, and depending on the poundage, money will be given when you drop them off.

Artist Alex Queral, however, has another idea about what to do with old phone books. Born in Havana, Cuba, Queral exquisitely carves portraits into the pages of phone books using a sharp razor knife and his extensive fine art skills. After adding acrylic medium to seal and preserve the book, Queral provides some amazing creative, artistic creations from what other people overlook or discard.

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