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The Art of Recycling: "Do It Yourself (DIY)” Creative & Fun Recycling

How are some people engineering fun "at home hacks” in order to tune recycling to their personalities, blend recycling into their home environment, and make recycling a conversation piece? And, they share their designs/creations with all of us. This post builds upon Meena Kadri’s “Hacking Your Home to Become a Better Recycler” contribution.

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While reading Meena Kadri's contribution discussing “at home hacking” approaches that encourage recycling, the idea that came to mind is an Etsy-like movement targeted at the design of recycling bins or recycled materials.

How does one create affordable and custom home recycling systems? The creative Etsy community is doing that admirably, and their products appeal to a variety of tastes. Check these innovative examples out:

3 Natural Linen Eco Friendly Storage Basket, Storage Bin, Linen Sack storage basket, Recycle Storage Basket
by BeInspire

(More) Natural Linen Eco Friendly Storage Basket, Storage Bin, Linen Recycle Storage Baskets
by BeInspire

Large Chicken Wire Basket-Crate-Organizer
by Mumscottage

Wooden soda crate, industrial loft home furnishing, soda bottle carrier, Americana, 1930s bottle carrier
by culturalpollination

Bits n’Pieces Trash Bin: A sweet office trash can with a mix of colors. This can relaxes the office environment. Great piece.
by Palletso

Pine Bench with recyclable storage
by RhodesFurnitureStore

Not only is the Etsy community building cool recycle bins/systems for all of us, they are creating contemporary items out of recycled materials.

Recycled Wine Bottle Light
by ClassyGarbage

Jack Daniels bottles recycled into drinking glasses. Set of two
by AmericanHomeCrafts

Dark Green Wine Bottle Molded Serving Tray or Spoon Rest with Cork-Recycled Eco-Friendly
by ShifflettStudios

Re-purposed, recycled Vinyl Record - L.E.D. Star Wars quartz clock
by ReSpinIt

Recycled Silver Gold Circuit Board Steampunk Earrings Vintage Brass Beads
by DebbyAremDesigns

One can't help but be inspired. Hats off to the Etsy community & to Meena's in home hacking idea!

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Great build, Leigh – and such a wealth of inspiring hacks! Makes me wonder – how do we turn this kind of thing into a more mainstream movement? Looking forward to what folks here will come up with for the Ideas phase...