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Vintage Trophies Upcycled

Mency’s team recycled over 100 trophies and made them into 40 functional pieces of art.

Do you have tons of old trophies that you can’t seem to part with? Collecting dust and the thought of giving them to the local goodwill makes you cringe, because you know no one in their right mind is going to buy an old trophy. They will just end up in the landfill. So now what?

Believe it or not some eco friendly people are using them in place of buying new mass produced trophies.  Take artist Ira Mency, who fashioned over 40 new trophies or a BBQ Contest in Virginia, she and her art group rebuilt out of 100 old trophies..  The artist remarked, “We got them donated from everywhere, old bowling, soccer, and softball….we took them apart, refurbished them and changed the toppers to pigs. A little artwork and decoupage and we were on our way. It was a lot harder and took a lot longer than buying new, but we did something good for the environment.  The old toppers we made into wine corks and sent them hope with the kids that helped us transform them.”

Old Trophy Recycling

Old Trophy recycling

Mency lives in Baltimore but works in Pennsylvania, so she will pick up your trophies if you are within that regional area. Contact her at 410-908-9241 or read the deals on Trophy Recycling on her blog.  She says, “You can look up Earth411 to see who may take trophies in your area.  A lot of artists may use the parts in mixed media work, repurposing the marble stones or toppers for craft projects. Put them on Freecycle and you never know what will happen. ”



Island Picnic on Etsy Eco Friendly Sandwich Bags

Photo: IslandPicnic on Etsy offers these great reusable organic cotton sandwich bags, get rid of those plastic bags forever!

Let’s say you want to get into the “green thing” but have no idea where to start? Here are some simple ways you can go greener in the home.

1. Start a can for recycling. Not only will you see your regular trash cut down, but recycling will help the environment so these items don’t end up in landfills.  In case you are new at this, you should rinse out your cans before tossing them in.

2. Collect your children’s broken toys into a box, then advertise them on Craiglist free to an assemblage artist, who may recycle the parts into sculpture rather than end up in the landfill.

3. Instead of plastic bags in the kid’s lunch use washable eco material bags that you can reuse.  You can find a bunch on Etsy and you can start here at Island Picnic.

4.  Turn out the lights in other rooms when you are not using, and conserve energy when you can.

5.  Making small changes in your home such as upping the heat to kick on a few degrees, and lowering the temperature of the hot water heater will also help.

6. Air dry your clothes on a line outside when you can. You will be happy they smell fresh too, and just doing this half of the time will reduce your electricity bill.

7. If you have a garden, invest in a compost bin and start composting your food scraps. You won’t have to buy soil next year and you will have a way to supercharge your veggies.

8.  Along those same lines you may wish to start a rain barrel, to self feed the garden so you won’t have to water it.

9.  Get your children into recycling by having a recycled crafts night, where they make cards for someone’s birthday out of old magazines, glue and recycled junk mail.  Here is a great link on DIY greeting cards.

10.  Get a free quote on alternative energy for your home. As crazy as it may sound, you can get low cost solar panels which will save you up to 70% on your utility bills, easily paying for themselves in a year or two. Many people are scared to look into these type of things, but what they don’t realize is with the growing popularity of new green energy, supply vs demand are making them more affordable.

There are just a few tips on living green and going greener in your every day life. Just about everything you do if you make small changes these will build up over time. What are you doing to make a better world years from now?


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