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Recycling Everything for Everyone

Everyone from the average renter to the business-minded owners can incorporate recycled material into their everyday lives. Recycling is a continuous cycle where material is kept in rotation. If you’re not buying new material, you’re saving money, helping the environment and using your creative juices to help your life. The act usually brings to mind collecting things in bulky blue containers, but there’s actually many ways recycling can be done.

Quick Home Projects

There’s smaller recycling projects without the need for machines. You can get newspaper to use as makeshift wallpaper. Toilet paper rolls can be used as wire organizers by rolling the wires into the center. Partially-cut milk jugs can be turned into planters. Clothes and curtains can be cut and reused in other fabrics. There’s even a no-sew option for adding a new fabric to a couch or love seat using precise folds and safety pins.

Do-It-Yourself Conversion

Everything mentioned so far has been re-purposing material, but you can also do work that’s usually left to production centers like paper mills. You can recreate your own rough paper by putting it into a blender with warm water to make pulp that is then molded, pressed and dried. The result is paper that fits your desired size and thickness. You can also add plant material to the pulp to make beautiful, decorative paper. There’s the option of melting plastic in an oven, though the fumes make this a more complicated process best done with an oven designed for this and with some oversight. There may be workshops available in your area that can help.

Heavy Machinery

Of course there are those who make a living out of recycling and production of recyclable materials, In these cases, heavy machinery could be worth the investment. There’s extraction equipment too, useful for those who may or may not be in the production business. Sometimes, extracted material is easier to transport. There’s companies who can use the recycled rubber material to make other roll products.

This is just a few ways you can directly recycle products. You can try to find local workshops or look at online photo albums to get even more great ideas. Everyone has a chance to recycle in ways that be both fun and profitable.

The Pallet House

With the rising cost in real estate, building materials, contractors and land, sometimes, it is best to downsize and keep things simple. This pallet house is a good example.


The house is made of recycled pallets. It has the basic necessities every home can have and one of the good things about this small house is that, you can build it in less than a day and on the size that fits your family best.

The pallet house can be installed with insulators too for those cold winter nights and plastic tarp to keep the moisture at bay during raining season.

This small house can be the solution to those refugees or homeless people. If the government can allocate a piece of land where houses such as this pallet house can be build, then there’ll be less homeless people in the street. Those who can’t afford the stellar price of housing can also build their own.






(all photos from i-beam design)

Inventory Of Unused Items

I thought I have already gotten over buying or acquiring stuff that would end up at the back of my closet or in a storage box under the bed. I am looking at the number of various bags, from designer to mid-range to recyclable to the custom tote bags. I still have plenty and I already sold and donated quite a number. That only means, I still have a lot stashed somewhere.

Bags and clothes are not the only things that are gathering dust in my closet and shelves. There are books and DVDs, all original. I’m not sure whether I’ll donate the books or sell them. My daughter insists to sell them so we can make money out of them. I am beginning to lean on that suggestion. We could use the money as savings for her education. It won’t be substantial but the proceeds will surely be enough to cover at least a month’s worth of grocery. That’s for sure.

Another stuff I want to get rid of are the winter clothes. We have plenty! Dubai is not even a cold place and when we have winter here, it’s mostly short-lived. However, we do use them when we travel to colder parts of the world. So, this one is a bit tricky. I might hold the thought.

There are still toys left in our closet which my daughter ceased to play. We sent a box-full of toys few years ago and I couldn’t believe my eyes how many more we have left.

I wonder if all these seldom used items will be disposed of properly. I am starting to make an inventory and will probably post some to our community online market to be sold. I just hope people won’t go stingy on me and haggle for a lesser price.

Holiday Gift-Wrapping Tips

Phote credit: uniqueholidaygiftideas.com

Christmas is just around the corner. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If so, I do hope it didn’t burn a big hole in your pocket. Well, if you have spent that much on gifts, here are few tips to follow to save on the gift-wrapping part of the whole holiday gift-giving process. All you need are old news papers, spare cloth or bright, patterned textiles, used maps, glossy magazine spread, old Christmas wrapper left-overs, plain paper – it could be colored if you like, few ribbons or twines and some pretty paper or plastic bags from your old shopping adventures and foils.

1. Use the old news papers, maps or glossy magazine spread as a gift wrapper. Add some colorful twine or ribbon to complete the effect.

2. If you have old patterned clothes or spare textile at home which you are not using, use it to wrap uneven shaped gifts. Tie with a fancy ribbon or a cut-out piece from the same cloth to bind the whole thing.

3. Make your own personalized Christmas wrappers using colored or plain papers. You can doodle your initials or use printed holiday cut-outs and stick them on the paper. If you’re into stamping and you have Christmas collections of stamp, use it to decorate the paper.

4. Recycle left-over Christmas gift wrappers. Whenever I receive fancy gift wrapped presents, I try not to tear the gift wrapper. I roll them again and save them for future use. Now is the perfect time to take them out of the storage and let someone else enjoy the pretty gift-wrapped present.

5. Recycle those pretty mall shopping bags you have been stashing in your closet. I normally keep those small paper bags for small items and I just affix a sticker on the logo of the paper or plastic bag to cover it up. I also add embellishments like paper flowers and gift tags to accentuate the recycled gift bag.

6. Use foil to add extra sparkle on your wrapped gifts and accentuate with a pretty bow. The gift will look very pretty under the Christmas tree with the lights reflecting on the shiny surface. Add drama and effect on the Christmas scene.

I am sure there are more ideas on gift-wrapping out there. But the intent is to save what you can and recycle what you already have at home for extra savings. Enjoy the Holidays and whether you have gifts to offer or none, remember, the reason for the season is Christ. Merry Christmas everyone!

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