Recycling is good for the economy. Who? Us! When we recycle and purchase recycled products, it creates a greater demand for recycled goods. Products made from recycled materials use less water, create less pollution and use less energy.

By recycling, we preserve our resources and protect wildlife. What? Paper recycling alone saves millions of trees. Trees provide habitats for animals and produce oxygen for the planet.

Recycling helps our climate by producing less carbon. Where? Everywhere! It does so by reducing the amount of unhealthy greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycling saves energy. How? The manufacturer doesn’t have to produce something new from raw natural resources. By using recycled materials we save on energy consumption, which keeps production costs down.

Recycling reduces the need for more landfills. Why? No one wants to live next to a landfill. Besides, there are much better ways of using the land – like food production.

Start Recycling. When? NOW! There are over 80 billion aluminum cans used each year around the world. Those that are just thrown away (instead of recycled) can take up to 500 years or more to decompose!


I like to go to thrift stores and pick up vintage pillowcases and sheet sets that are in good condition.



I stamp the pillowcases with iron-on transfers (because I can’t draw.)

 Then I embroider the pillowcases- and sometimes even add crochet edgings on them –  to give as gifts.

The thrifted sheets can be used in a variety of ways – just treat them as you would any other piece of material. I bought a Batman themed twin top sheet and turned it into three skirts in varying lengths – one for me, one for my daughter and one for my granddaughter!

I even had enough material left over to make a top to go with my skirt!  Dorky?  Maybe, but I don’t care.  I had fun and I saved myself some money – AND was ecologically responsible while doing it!  You can do it too!

Books available at any Chesapeake Public Library that might help you get started are listed below:

Made by hand: searching for meaning in a throwaway world by Frauenfelder, Mark

Do it gorgeously: how to make less toxic, less expensive and more beautiful products by Uliano, Sophie

Shift your habit: easy ways to save your money, simplify your life, and save the planet by Rogers, Elizabeth

The story of stuff: how our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities, and our health-and a vision for change by Leonard, Annie

Earth friendly shopping by Gosman, Gillian



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