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Recycled Gifts:

Crafty Corner has perfected the art of making unique recycled gifts – both personal ones and large numbers of corporate ones. Many businesses have turned to Crafty Corner to create beautiful and functional recycled gifts (please see the "Commissions" page. There are several reasons why individuals and corporations alike have chosen Crafty Corner - aside from the fact that the creative minds at Crafty Corner have honed the skill of envisioning and then creating enchanting gifts!

It takes a mind shift for most people to view what is traditionally called 'waste,' 'rubbish' and 'trash' as something with value and potential. But with the right open-minded view and of course some creative skills just about everything deemed disposable can be repurposed into something useful and aesthetically pleasing. For example, Crafty Corner has made beautiful key rings from recycled glass beads, funky boxes made from recycled tin and unique book marks made from leftover wire and recycled beads, to name only a few Upcycled projects!

Corporate and individual Upcycled gifts provide an excellent opportunity for the upliftment of the community. Crafty Corner is closely involved with social entrepeneur projects in which impoverished individuals are given the chance and support necessary to earn a living by creating these eco-friendly treasures.

Recycling is an excellent habit to foster, however, Upcycling can be an even better option as the process of recycling does still require some energy. The Upcycled gifts that are created by Crafty Corner are naturally eco-friendly as 'waste' is repurposed and so our landfills are saved from being further inundated! Not only does this eco-friendliness help in the fight for our planet's survival but it also offers positive and topical PR for the businesses that choose to recruit Crafty Corner. Fortunately, being 'Green' has become trendy and a company will undoubtedly enjoy positive publicity from supporting social upliftment endeavours as well as encouraging further awareness about the environment!

Have you got items that you know could be repurposed but you're not sure how to go about it? Feel free to being any materials that you have to Crafty Corner and (we?) will gladly Upcycle your 'junk' into something handy and beautiful! Crafty Corner has tons of experience with crafting gems that are specific to the vision and desires of the client. Whatever the material or product you may have in mind, come have a chat with us and we will gladly breathe life into a formerly 'disposable' piece!


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Economic Benefits of Recycling

First, I’m going to detail a few of the economic benefits and will follow this up with some environmental benefits (just for all the “greenies” out there).

  • Efficient recycling programs cost less to operate than waste removal services, landfilling and incineration.
  • Recycling assists in saving money. Families can spend time together making things out of “waste”, thus saving on the pocket and creating some “together” time.
  • Recycling programs within communities are incredibly cost-effective. Some examples would be maximizing recycling rates, implementing “pay-as-you-throw” programs and providing incentives in waste management programs which would encourage disposal companies to recycle more and dispose of less.
  • Recycling creates jobs and income for thousands of people. In fact, four jobs are created in recycling for every one created in the waste disposal industry.
  • Public sector investment in local recycling programs assists greatly in creating jobs within the private sector. For every job collecting recyclables, over twenty are created in processing and remanufacturing the materials.
  • Many large companies worldwide have saved millions by voluntarily running recycling programs. Would these guys do it if it didn’t make economic sense?

Environmental Benefits and Facts

The list below has been supplied by an organization called The National Recycling Coalition
  • Internationally, recycling diverted almost 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000 compared with 34 million tons in 1990.
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves the life of 17 trees.
  • By recycling one glass bottle, enough energy is saved to power one light bulb for four hours. Recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy needed to make it from raw materials, plastics 70%, steel 60%, newspaper and glass 40%.
  • Recycling creates a reduction in eighteen categories of air and water pollutants. Hence cleaner air and fresher water.
  • Recycling saves energy. There is thus a lesser reliance on foreign oil.
  • A national recycling rate of 30% would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the degree that it would be like removing over a million vehicles from the road.
  • Recycling makes a difference. On one US College campus alone, in one year the equivalent of 33913 trees were saved and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal and limestone was alleviated.
  • Wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced over 20 million people worldwide and almost 100 billion rand is being raised for warlords and repressive governments in the process. Recycling would diminish the demand for these materials.
  • Recycling reduces habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity and soil erosion connected with logging and mining. Tree farms and reclaimed mines are not ecologically equivalent to natural forests and ecosystems.

So, as you can see, recycling makes sense from both an economic and environmental perspective, without even going into the fun that can be had by utilizing recycled goods in a creative manner. In the coming weeks I intend to focus more on this aspect, along with providing indications of which household “junk” is recyclable, where it can be recycled and what you could end up saving and gaining by practising it.

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