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Celebrate with Recycled and Biodegradable Confetti

biodegradable confettiAs you’re popping open a bottle of champagne to ring in the New Year, or for other special occasions such as weddings and birthdays, you might have the urge to  throw some confetti. Avid recyclers know how easy it is to simply shred paper and make your own, but here are a few more tips for making festive, recycled confetti.

If you have extra time on your hands, or want to arrange a laid-back social activity, sit around a table and make your own confetti using specially shaped hole punchers. This adds a creative touch to simply sending some paper through a paper shredder, and is kinda fun. This Paper Punch Set of 40 different shapes is a good start.

Kids will love this activity if it’s raining outside and they can’t go out and play. Paper confetti in cute, unexpected shapes also looks great spread out on the table at a New Year’s celebration.

For the socially conscious, making your own confetti beats purchasing imported goods. Make your party a little greener by using paper instead of foil-based confetti, as wood and other plant-based fibers used in paper are biodegradable. For nicely scented confetti, add in dried lavender or rose petals.

Make Your Own Confetti

biodegradable confetti

Make your own paper confetti with specially shaped hole punchers.

Confetti eggs are also a fun craft project. Thought to bring luck and good fortune, confetti eggs, also known as Cascarones, are colorful egg shells filled with confetti. Some believe that Marco Polo originally brought them from Asia and eventually to Spain and then Mexico. Use this handy tutorial to make your own confetti eggs. To play a practical joke on someone, hide a confetti egg from them, then sneak up and quickly break it over their head for a confetti shower.

If you want to buy them instead of making them yourself, these confetti eggs are handmade and filled with biodegradable multicolored paper. They make for excellent party favors, and custom color combinations are available.

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Stickers Transform Boxes Into Recycled Crafts For Kids

Don’t Throw Out That Box!

Ever buy the toddler in your life a toy, only to have them play with the box instead? Stickers from Box Play for Kids are printed on 100% recycled uncoated paper and allow your child to transform common items such as milk cartons, paper towel rolls, and mac ‘n’ cheese boxes into interactive toys. Janette Eusebio Harwell and her husband Greg, co-founders of Box Play for Kids, have developed wonderfully simple idea that stimulates curiosity, enthusiasm and learning. Their daughter, like many kids, is fascinated by many things – but stickers and old boxes top the list. Fortunately, her parents are both designers who have specialized in package design, branding and advertising for over 20 years.

“This product line was inspired completely by our then 2 1/2 year old daughter. I love recycling or rather ‘upcycling’ with my daughter because it really stimulates her creativity and imagination and I feel good when she’s interacting with toys that don’t require a monitor or batteries. I also think the dramatic, creative play has helped a lot with her language skills,” says Harwell.

Proudly made in the USA, the uncoated stock paper used allows little ones to draw on the stickers giving them the ability to add their own personal flair. Recycling crafts for kids- Start ‘em young!

Turn Old Boxes Into New Toys

All you have to do is rinse out  the interior and exterior of milk or plastic egg cartons and then just peel and stick. Where’d that box go? All I see is a fire truck or a piano!

recycled crafts for kids

recycled crafts for kids

recycled crafts for kids

The Puppy Dog above is a single panel sticker that fits around most standard paper towel rolls, and it is awesome. As seen below, an old mac ‘n’ cheese box never looked so good!

recycled crafts for kids

There’s also a bunch of other fun ideas, including binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and other cute animals. Go to boxplayforkids.com for more information or Order Online.

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Can You Recycle Receipts?

With all the shopping we do, particularly around the holidays, many people are asking if you can recycle receipts. The short answer is no, but there’s some details worth knowing when it comes to recycling receipts.

Most receipts nowadays are printed on thermal paper. Receipts used to be printed using ink on plain paper, but thermal printing involves no ink and makes printing much quicker and quieter. With thermal paper, numbers and items listed for the stuff you bought seem to appear magically. When paper passes over a thermal print head, the chemical coating on the paper turns black on the areas of the receipt where it is heated, producing an image.

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Most receipts are printed on a thermal paper.

It is the smooth, chemically-treated aspects of this type of paper that make it not recyclable and it should be placed in the trash. It’s inevitable that receipts get thrown in with the mixed paper because people want to recycle them and they’re easy to throw in the bin. When all is said and done, receipts don’t make up all that much of the total paper processed by a paper recycling plant. Some thermal papers are coated with the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, and this material can contaminate recycled paper, and brings down the quality of higher-grade paper when it is mixed in.

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The Flat-Out Truth About Recycled Countertops

recycled countertops

Recycled countertops ensure that materials collected in recycling programs will be used again for new products.

Recycled countertops come in many shapes and sizes, and are made from a variety materials. The majority of recycled countertops are made from glass and granite, but you can also find some made from aluminum, and even paper. These eco-friendly products measure up in terms of durability as well as scratch and heat resistance, plus look great in your kitchen or bathroom. For your next remodeling project, consider these countertops made from recycled materials and how they could fit into your space. Photo credit: georgiapeachez

Glass Countertops

When glass is sent to a recycling plant, 90% of the recycled material will be used to make new containers, but some will also used in kitchen tiles, wall insulation and beautiful countertops. Recycled glass countertops have the advantage of being resistant to stains, heat and abrasions. Countertops like these have been known to last several decades, and do not require the use of chemical sealants following installation.

Just as with a good quality, eco-friendly paint, there is very little emission of volatile organic compounds (known as VOCs) in the installation process of recycled glass countertops. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. For comprehensive listings of where to find recycled glass countertops, see EcoBusinessLinks.

Aluminum Countertops

Recycled aluminum countertops are softer than stainless steel countertops, but have the same smooth, modern style.

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Support a Culture of Recycling

100% Recycled Paper at Paper Culture

Every now and again, a company will practice the mantra reduce, reuse and recycle and it will make us stop and really listen. At Paper Culture, there are personalized stationery products for all types of life events and holidays. What sets them apart is that unlike some companies, their entire catalog is eco-friendly, instead of just one line of products. Even their packaging is recycled!

Remember that recycling one ton of paper saves enough energy to power the average American home for six months and saves 7,000 gallons of water. Use the paper calculator to find out how big an impact buying recycled paper makes.

All of the products at Paper Culture are printed on 100% postconsumer recycled paper. As you may remember from our RecycLingo page, postconsumer means materials that have served their intended use as consumer items have been recovered or diverted from the waste stream for recycling. Examples of postconsumer recovered materials can be anything from used beverage containers to wine corks. In this case, using postconsumer paper helps reduce waste, and that’s no small feat.

In addition, as part of their 1,000,000 tree pledge, they plant a tree in honor of your purchase of every order. They also feature FREE services like the Mail & Message, where they stamp, address and mail cards for you.

Other Impressive Business Practices

We approve of these other environmental practices, making a purchase of one of the products at Paper Culture is a step towards buying smart and ethically:

  • Paper produced using wind power.
  • Made in the USA- They are based in California, and production is done exclusively in the United States.
  • Cards to Trees program – Their pledge means they plant a tree with every order placed in an effort to promote reforestation. Since this past Earth Day, they’ve planted over 200,000 trees.
  • If you are not happy with your order, they provide a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, and will refund your money.

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We are a proud affiliate of Paper Culture, and your purchase also supports our work. They also happen to be having a sale on bamboo wall art, where you save 20% off all Bamboo Wall Art. Create your own design and upload any photo you’d like or you can use one of their designs. Just enter code: BAMBOO on the Review Order page. You’re welcome!

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