America Recycles Day

This Friday November 15th, is America Recycles Day so I thought it is a good time to talk about recycling and home decor!

(source EcoHomeResource) 

Recycling can mean a few things when we talk about home decor. For one it could mean taking the item and physically breaking down the parts and reusing the raw materials to create a totally different object. One example of this is recycling plastic PET bottles into new carpeting! This fascinating video from HGTV shows how they actually break down the material and spin into carpet fibers. 

Recycling home decor most definitely also means repurposing old items in new and fresh ways.  This is a sustainable and affordable option for home decor that reduces the amount of furniture that goes into the landfill. As a redecorator I was trained on the basis of "Use What You Have" and specialize in coming up with ways to repurpose your furniture!

If you have some old furniture laying around and aren't sure what to do with it, look no further than Pinterest!  

 
Painted cane back chairs are a great makeover idea. Very simple to do and makes a HUGE impact.  


And I've seen lots of variations on this idea below - take chairs with ornate backs and turn them into a bench!

Chair into bench 

And this eyeglass chandelier - have you ever seen anything like it!?!

via TheJealousCurator

Or this surprisingly elegant bookshelf made from old crutches!! This photo really makes me believe people can make beautiful things from just about anything! 

via Pinterest.

 

TRASH TO TREASURE:

Here are some more resources to help you Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

REDUCE:
Community sharing: Borrow or rent a neighbors appliances and tool instead of buying your own 
www.SnapGoods.com
www.CollaborativeConsumption.com
www.meshing.it
www.freecycle.org
www.SwapAce.com 

 

REUSE (OR DONATE FOR OTHERS TO REUSE):
Hire a redecorator to help you make the most of what you have. Or if you're crafty try painting or reupholstering furniture.

Check out our Pinterest board for lots more ideas:
http://www.pinterest.com/innovatemyplace/diy

For ideas where to donate or sell unwanted furniture:
http://www.recyclingnj.com/recycle/furniture.html
www.craigslist.org
Local Consignment Shops: Hackettstown Trading Post Consignment

 

RECYCLE:
Learn what your town accepts for recycling and when.

America Recycles Day
Keep America Beautiful
Earth 911 
Recyling 101

Learn about single stream recycling! Our town just started and they pick up paper AND plastic, metal, glass all in the same day! 

Recommunity: http://www.recommunity.com/

 

Well I hope some of these ideas have inspired you to make sustainable choices for your home! If you have any things you've done to repurpose items in your home I'd love to know!

Cheers, 

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