|Handmade, Recycled Paper by PulpArt|
Sometimes, it can be pretty obnoxious (but really, that's just me griping about overly intrusive marketing of commercial products -- I'll spare you that rant for another day).
I think the fact that "upcycling" and reusing old products for something new is suddenly trendy is hilarious. Don't get me wrong, I think that it's great! I truly am thrilled that the rest of the world has caught on.
The reason why I think it's funny, is because it's something that I've been doing for a long time. I'm not that old, but from the moment I learned about recycling in school in second grade, I've been quite adamant about it. Also, coming from a decidedly poor, country family, re-using things for a new purpose was just part of life. It's what we did, and what we continue to do.
Part of it stems from necessity. If you lack resources, you have to use everything you already have. "Necessity is the mother of invention," isn't just a saying. It's a fact of life! I also do not say this with any negativity. It's not a complaint. Just a statement of fact. It tickles me pink when I can find a new use for something old that might've ended up in the trash otherwise.
Sometimes having less forces you to be a little more creative. :)
That all having been said, this brings me to my point: the vast majority of all the packaging I use to ship my items from my shop are recycled.
The packing paper that's stuffed inside the mailers and USPS boxes and is wrapped around your items to protect them? That's from orders from my bead wholesaler. The paper usually arrives crumpled and stuffed in the bottom of my boxes.
The plastic bags that are wrapped around the items after I've wrapped them in paper just-in-case there's moisture leaking in somewhere? Also from my wholesaler. When I order more than one of a certain product, they tend to arrive stuffed inside those open mouthed plastic bags in addition to their individual plastic baggies.
The boxes I receive my products in are already made from recycled materials, and are great for storage. They've also ended up quite handing in packing things since my mother and I will be moving into a much more economical living space in March.
I'm always trying to think of clever ways to re-use things. I've decided most recently to try my hand at making recycled paper beads out of my old catalogs from Fire Mountain Gems that I have lying around. I'll keep you all posted on the results!
What ways do you re-use old items? Do you have any cool projects you have done or would like to try out? Feel free to leave me a comment! I'd love to test out a tutorial or project idea.