The 3 R's – Artful Recycle

What are the “3R’s”?
They stand for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and are all meant to help you cut down the waste you generate. In today’s blog post, we give you some ideas on how to implement them in your daily life!

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The first step to generate less waste is to reduce what you consume, and therefore what you throw away. Before you buy something, ask yourself if you need it or if it could be replaced it by something you already have, or borrowed from someone.

When you still need to buy new products, try to choose good quality items, that have a guarantee when possible. Those might be more expensive than their less durable counterparts but you won’t need to replace them as often, so in the long run, it will save you some time and money.

This first step also includes refuse (another “R”!) which basically means refusing what you don’t need: plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic cutlery and any other kind of disposable items. Most people will assume that you want them and will just give them to you before you even have the time to say anything. Politely turn them down, and maybe give some nice and smiley explanations on why you are doing so: a good opportunity to raise awareness and encourage everyone to help the turtles and the oceans.

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The second “R” stands for reuse, meaning in first place switching to reusable items instead of disposable ones. For example, carry a water bottle that can be refilled instead of plastic bottle, a trendy reusable coffee cup or a tote bag – those simple and affordable alternatives will help you cut down on your waste. Reuse can also include repairing: rather than getting rid of something that does not work anymore, try to see if it can be fixed – some electronics or fabric items for example can easily be repaired. If you can’t fix them, give them a second life by upcycling them!
Reuse also mean that your discarded items can be used by someone else and find a second home. Ask your friends and family if they would be interested in adopting what you don’t need anymore, or simply give them to charity shops or second hand bookstores.

Finally, when you have to get rid of something, make sure everything that is recyclable finds its way to the recycling bin.

Hula Hoop T-Shirt Rug
It took me about 2 hours from start to finish.  Below are all the directions you will need to create this colorful rug for your home or classroom, too.  

Materials needed:
  • About 10 old t-shirts (at least 1 will need to be a youth size shirt)
  • Hula hoop - Larger works better, I used a smaller size hoop because that is what I had already. The size of the hoop will directly affect the size of your rug.  I think 33" is the biggest there is.
  • Scissors

The first thing you will do is cut the t-shirts.  Lay the shirts out and cut the trunk of the shirt into strips about 1" in width.  You will need 11 loops from the first shirt (the youth size shirt) as we you use this shirt as the loom.  
The rest of the shirts don't matter as much, as long as the pieces are about 1" wide.  Cut the shirt all the way up the trunk until you get to the sleeves.  

Next, you will put the 11 loops from the youth shirt on to the hula hoop.  Start with one, and then put the next loop perpendicular to the first (see below).

Then use the rest of the loops from the youth size shirt to fill in the spaces. When you are done, it should look something like the one below.  Be careful to maintain the shape of the hula hoop.  If it gets distorted, make sure you straighten it back out the best you can before you start to weave or your rug will be lopsided.

Before you start to weave, you will need to push 2 of the spokes on the loom together. This will keep the weave in an alternating pattern.
Next, you will tie your first loop of fabric on to a spoke near the center of the loom where all the spokes cross each other. I tied mine on the two spokes that I put together in the last step.  This is a good idea because you will need to keep track of this spoke. To tie the loop onto the spoke, wrap it around the spoke and pull it back through itself (you will use this tie to add pieces later, scroll down to see a photo of this technique).

Next, weave the loop of fabric over and under each spoke.  You will keep the two pieces of the spoke together for now.  Make the weave snug, but don't over-tighten it or your rug will not lie flat (I made this mistake on my first rug).  When you get to the end of the loop, attach another by putting the loop through the last and pulling it back through itself.  
As you weave, push the pieces toward the center of the rug and be sure you don't see any spaces. If you see spaces now, they will be in your rug later.  Continue weaving until your rug is about the width of your hand.  Then you will begin to weave each piece of the spoke individually, going under and over each individual piece of fabric instead of the doubled spokes.  When you get to the two spokes you put together, pull them apart.  One of those two spokes will be treated as all the others (individually weaving over and under each part). The other will stay together as one piece of fabric (do not separate and weave under and over individually). This will continue the alternating pattern of over and under.  

Continue weaving and adding strips of fabric until your rug is about 4 inches from the hula hoop.  Then cut the last loop and tie onto the closest spoke and tuck the ends into the rug.

Last, you will cut each spoke off the hula hoop and double knot it.  

Continue around the hula hoop until each spoke is cut and tied.  Voilà, your t-shirt rug is complete!

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