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