Really, anything can be reused or repurposed. This blog - How Can I Recycle This? - offers over 900 items and over 14,000 suggestions of ways to reuse, repurpose or recycle things that would otherwise go in the bin! Check it out, search for most anything and find creative and useful ideas for recycling! From VHS tapes to crock pots to old lentils to house keys. Search and explore or share your own ideas. You can also follow them on twitter.
art from old books July 9, 2011
check out these beautiful art pieces created from discarded books by an Australian artist Kylie Stillman. Kylie carves trees out of old books — Kind of ironic that trees are used to create books that are now used to create images of tree within them! Check out more images on http://1800recycling.com/blog/ or check out Kylie Stillman’s website!
85 reasons to be thankful for librarians August 3, 2010
This fun and useful list of 85 reasons to be thankful for librarians may not seem green or sustainable related but there are few key points that show how libraries are green: #16, #39, #40, and #41 mentions libraries’ online resources & digital libraries – don’t need to travel and can access from anywhere again and again and again; #22, #37 and #82 mention free DVDs, book exchanges, reading books w/o spending a dime – reuse, reuse, reuse; and of course #56. “Libraries provide free and abundant knowledge to everyone”
So market your library and show how libraries are naturally “green!”
- thanks Louise Baker, writer for Zen College Life Blog
Rebound Designs: reusing books July 7, 2010
At ALA in June, I wandered past a cool exhibitor & very friendly entrepreneur of Rebound Designs - Caitlin Phillips. Caitlin takes old books and creates beautiful and useful art from them! Her main creations are these way cool book purses but she also creates wallets, and Naughty Bits Pins, and more. You can read or listen to the NPR interview about how she got this idea and how she creates these artful reused book purses. Purchase one of Caitlin’s pieces from etsy - or if you are in the DC area, she is at Eastern Market in DC most weekends. Also follow her on twitter @bookgrrl to hear what her latest creation may be.
Swaptree April 20, 2008
I just discovered a Web site called Swaptree.com. It’s a FREE place where you can list, trade, swap, and choose books, DVDs, CDs, and video games. From reading the FAQs, it appears Swaptree really is free and easy. You add your items (UPC or ISBN), let their algorithm determine the trade, then print the mailing label (you dont pay for the mail costs either), and then choose what you want in return for the trade. Wonder if this is worth checking out for libraries? A great thing for a student worker or quality volunteer to look into for you. Perhaps you can get other items for you library in return (such as that CD or DVD the library once own that got scratched or lost by your customers?)