Have an interest in making a non-petroleum based plastic for fun? Have a pre-teen looking for a science fair project? Perhaps you are a science teacher and want to wow the few students who care in your classroom? There are several recipes online to make bioplastic in your own home.
Before we begin,please realize that there is a reason companies spend millions on material research. You are not going to be making patio furniture out of what comes off your stove. In fact you probably wont get much else than a . . . →Read More:Do It Yourself Bioplastics Experiment
From time to time a structure is built to illustrate a point about the wastefulness of our society. The building is made of hundred to hundreds of thousands of objects that would be found in our society’s waste stream. Often the objects are part of packaging.
Here are a couple recent examples
Beer Crate Pavilion
Currently located in Brussels,from a distance the building looks like it is constructed of giant yellow Lego blocks. It was constructed in 2008 by Belgian and UK architecture firm SHSH to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo 1958.
These “Lego”blocks are . . . →Read More:Plastic Structures
In order to reduce the waste in our landfills we have to start reusing more in our homes. Aladdin,a reusable container company,has started a challenge for everyday American households to Do the Reuse. I actually found out about the challenge from a frugal living blogger I follow.
As part of the Do the Reuse Challenge,9 families will be blogging about their experiences eliminating disposables from their lives. The website is full of statistics about the impact of reuse,both environmental and economical.
Seven million barrels of oil are used to produce the disposable bottles Americans go . . . →Read More:Do the Reuse Challenge
Turn inexpensive toothbrush into bracelets
This project uses a plastics softening temperature to bend the toothbrush plastic into a circular bracelet shape. Visit Kaboose for instructions.
Soda Bottle Piggy Bank
A quick and easy project. Decorate a soda bottle,give it supports and put a slot for coins on top. This example came from MarthaSteward.com.
Make a Terrarium
Teach your kids about the plant cycle and reuse a plastic bottle to to it. TLC Family has some instructions.
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