Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Trash to Treasure: Preserving our Planet

When it comes to design, I love a good trash to treasure transformation as much as the next person. What's not to love? Pieces found for free or for a steal become something wonderful and creativity shines though in an amazing way that inspires others.

Today's post is about a different kind of transformation. Some of you may know that I'm an Eco-enthusiast. I enjoy a good river clean up, composting and it makes me sad to see my neighbors tossing all of their recyclables into the trash bin considering we're so fortunate to have a recycle pickup, as not every city or county does. I love new and innovative products that are made with materials that simply need to be 'recycled'. Classy women care about not only their own home environment, but the planet too so I thought this would be a great way to show you how a tiny bit of effort can do a lot of good.

Did you know that Whole Foods has a drop-off bin near the store entry/exit where you can recycle your No.5 plastics? Well, they do and I'm really excited about it. You see most cities, like here in Orlando, only recycle No.1 & 2 plastics leaving the rest to either be reused again (which we often do) and then eventually they'll wind up in the trash. There is a great way to to not only avoid this but make something wonderful in the process.

The best part is your yogurt and food containers as well as used Brita filters (yes, they recycle those too)  can go from this.....

to THIS!

Neat, huh? A company called Preserve collects all of the No.5 plastic and turns it into usable, practical and fun products so the plastic will have a second life and spare our landfills from anymore needless waste. When they reach their lifetime, you can recycle them yet again. :) For someone who gets excited about recycling this is great news!  Preserve creates everything from cutting boards, measuring cups and food storage containers to razors and toothbrushes! The best part is it's all BPA-free and made in the USA. You can see their neat little video on how items are made HERE.

All you need to do is wash out your No.5 plastics (look on the underside of your container for the little recycle triangle) and put them in a bag or box and drop them off at a 'Gimme 5' location when you are in the area. Preserve will do the rest and you'll feel good about making a difference too!

For those of you that felt a little mislead by the post title but made it this this point, I thought I'd share a fun, new blog that I found called Pure Green Design. HERE is one of their great trash to treasure posts which features the image shown at the top.

Now, in the spirit of turning trash to treasure, I'd love to hear how YOU reuse or give old items a new life in your own home. Feel free to leave a link to your thrifty trash to treasure decor posts too-I love those!


  1. Karla, Oh! How I wish there was somewhere near me to recycle. There is NOTHING near me~ for a few hundrd miles.
    I love the cute products they make out of the number 5 things!
    That was a great comment on my blog, thank you. I am fortunate as far as friends go because I have never moved from our small home town. So alot of my L3's are friends from childhood.
    I am also an entrepeneur so I know what you are talking about when you have an L3 that is one! We are a different sort! That is for sure! And if you ar not an entrepeneur... you just don't "get it"! ( :
    I have just recently met a woman we are doing business with and I already know we will be L3's in time. She has lofty goals and so do I. And we will be doing business together as well.
    I hope you do find an L3 in Florida.
    Have a pretty day!

  2. A neighbor convinced me to start recycling about 3 years ago. It's amazing how little I actually throw away now. My son drives and one of his weekly chores is to take care of the recycling. I feel ashamed that I didn't start earlier.

  3. Karla, what a great post! I loved the title, too. Just the right kind of teaser. It is amazing really that we are all "just" getting to recycling, isn't it? It can make such a huge impact. Lidy

  4. As with most things in life, it's always better to start late than never. ;)

    Fortunately, growing up in Canada (specifically Ontario) I can remember recycling in elementary school, at least 20 years or more we've had curbside pickup. I was very fortunate to have a family that were avid recyclers and my dad showed me how to compost when I was ten. He was always big on reusing plastic containers for paint, glass jars for screws and nails in his workshop and is quite the DIY guy. LOL. I'm glad to see that previously unusable plastics are now being used for something useful.

    What is sad is that there are still so many rural areas and even smaller cities here in the U.S. that do not have the priveledge of curbside pickup (like Kristin mentioned). It should really be available to everyone. In Toronto (my old hometown) they've already had a city-wide compost pick-up program for 4 years! America is ahead in many ways but behind in so many others. Hopefully we'll get caught up here sometime soon!

    Karen-That is great that you got on board! I hope to inspire my neighbors with my actions. Recently I've been helping people understand how much money they can save and how many bottles will stay out of landfills by using a Brita jug. The water is just as clean, if not cleaner than bottled. Hopefully they'll catch on! ;)

    Lidy-thanks for stopping by my blog. :)


  5. How lucky!! I wish we had a place where we could dump our #5's off! Like you, I end up reusing them around the house but eventually they end up in the trash. I wish we had a place around here that I could take my #5's!
    and how awesome is Preserve! I LOVE IT!


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