Pick up the tab?
Did you know that cans can be recycled over and over an infinite amount of times? Read up on aluminum cans in this post- in the meantime, it’s time to talk tabs.
While you should still recycle the whole can, people get really into collecting the aluminum tabs, sometimes collecting thousands at a time through special collection drives.
Pull Tabs For Charity is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and sponsors an ongoing aluminum pull tab recycling program. Check their program out if you’re interested in raising money for your organization, business, K-12 school, or university.
Sometimes the soda companies run charitable promotions themselves. For example, Hansen’s ran a tab collection program for breast cancer a while back. The red tab promotion, which is no longer active, was part of the City of Hope Breast Cancer Campaign. For each red tab received, 10 cents was donated (up to $100k) to the City of Hope for Breast Cancer research.
In April 2010, Sprite ran the “Sprite Tabs For Habitat” program. For each special green tab (which they featured on their Sprite cans during the month of April) that were collected and sent in, Sprite donated 10 cents to Habitat for Humanity, with a minimum donation of $250,000. Keep your eye out for these types of programs, as they crop up from time to time.
Handmade Pop Tab Goodness
Aluminum tabs are lightweight, easy to collect, and are great for artists to work with. The bags featured on the right hand-crocheted from over 700 recycled aluminum pop tabs! Designed by Escama Studio, a San Francisco based company that works with Brazilian crafts co-ops, the bags uphold Fair Trade principles. They also have a nylon fabric liner, zipper closure, one inside zippered pocket and a shoulder strap with hand-crocheted padding.
For more handmade crafting, also head on over to Plastique Creations, where Teresa has been crocheting for 41 years! She incorporates pop tabs into her handmade plarn bags. You can see her great creations on her flickr page, and find out more about them on her blog, plastiqrecreation.blogspot.com.
And to top it all off (so to speak), this beautiful and intricate lamp by Mauricio Affonso is made from hundreds of discarded aluminum pull-tabs.
We hope you enjoyed these recycled craft ideas, and thanks for keeping tabs on recycling!
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