Ultimate Recycling!

Reblogger Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026


Debb Janes always stays true to "going Green" and this is another wonderful post about re-purposing. Be sure and comment on Debb's blog.

This birdhouse and birdfeeder are made from old barn wood on the local artist's property. The antlers are shed ones also found on her property. I got this for a birthday present! Woohoo!

Go a step beyond Recycling - Re-purpose!

Re-purposing is the ultimate in recycling. I remember when my husband and I repurposed boards to build floating decks on a terraced property, the result was beautiful and the idea of giving new life to old boards gave us enormous satisfaction.

If you've ever seen construction sites, there is a ton of waste that is often taken to landfills. What a shame. Fortunately, there a many new companies popping up to salvage those materials and re-sell them for different purposes.

For example, my son has a friend in Juneau, Alaska who started a new business last year. After spending 15 years in construction, Jason felt sick as he watched a lot of usable building material go to waste. Therefore, he opened a re-purposing store called "Alaska ReUse."

He picks up scraps and project overflow from local  (and not so-local) building contractors and offers builders and homeowners the ability to acquire materials and supplies. What an inspiring concept, I'm confident the idea is catching on around the country.

Other Ways to Re-purpose.

Look around, no doubt there are re-purposing opportunities in most of our homes - inside and out. Instead of throwing something out - find a way to give it new life. If not in your world, at least give it to some organization. Perhaps they can find it an new home, or purpose.

"Waste not, want not,"  is a concept that many of our former generations took to heart. Sadly, we've embraced the disposable and convenient too easily. Surely, we have the time to conisider new uses for items rather them tossing them aside.

Recently, I found this example of re-purposing Pendleton woolen scraps. The young Northwest artist has created coasters and potholders with a decidedly local flavor.  As a fan of her products, I've already given several sets as gifts.



Ultimate recycling

Hopefully, we'll all soon reverse some of our thinking and realize the importance of practicing the ultimate in recycling. 

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Super re-blog of Debb's. The idea of re-purposing stretches recycling further I think is the way to look at it Gayle. Excellent examples.

Apr 26, 2014 03:55 AM #1
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Cool bird house Gayle!

I like the idea of re-purposing - and love those potholders! My Mom taught both of my boys to sew using scrap materials to make potholders. I'm still using one of them - and it's nearly 40 years old!

I don't like the idea of being a "throw away" society, so am grateful that my husband is pretty handy at fixing most things. Two of my favorite pieces of furniture are end tables that he painstakingly took apart, stripped, stained, sealed, and re-built.

One of them was a gift to my great-grandmother from a lodger in her boarding house. That makes the table approximately 100 years old. It had been painted over so many times, seeing the layers come off was interesting. WHY would anyone paint a table "school-bus yellow?"

Apr 26, 2014 09:37 AM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Marte, these are the kind of stories that I love to hear about. I even have a hard time throwing away leftovers or old bread. I will go outside and break it up, throwing it around the yard, because I know the crows love it and even the ducks will swoop in if they're taking notice and I throw it to them in the lake. 

Speaking of your hubby's talents, I bought an old cherry wood table at a flea market for $15.00 with no idea of what it would look like underneath. It had black paint on it....awful. I took a combo of paint remover, lye and water (a trick from an old antiquer), and took a brush, brushing it on everywhere. I was told to wait several minutes, then hose it down, because it would be easier on the wood than spending hours stripping, scraping, etc.

It was GORGEOUS! All I did was use boiled linseed oil to bring out the hues afterwards. That was about 40 years ago, and I don't even know how old it was when I bought it. There is really intricate work around the edge of the top and along the table legs. It was my first project of its kind.

Here it is:

Antiques work great with cabin décor. This is a cherrywood table I refurbished it.

Apr 26, 2014 12:45 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Wife doesn't do this she just takes all of our stuff to the recycle bin and let's someone else do it.  Nice for the people that do

Apr 26, 2014 08:27 PM #4
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