It was unbelievable when it happened, the transformation of the rejected. With a few nips and tucks, waste became taste again.
After moderating the episode on “Sustaining The Environment” with Mrs. O. K. Olanlokun, something stuck with me. She mentioned her son needing a bookshelf and she making one for him out of an Indomie carton. Since then, my recycling antenna went buzzing non-stop, looking for its first target!
Prior to now, I always placed my books in the upper part of my wardrobe and this took up considerable amount of space and wasn’t as flexible as I’d have loved it to be. While doing some home shopping for the month, the vendor packed up our purchases in a Peak Milk Carton and upon offloading its content, I wondered “Now what? I’m definitely not going to start stacking up cartons and build a house for cockroaches to live in, RENT FREE!”
And then, my “antenna” buzzed uncontrollably and bursted! The idea came through in a flash. I quickly dashed to get my paper cutter, cello tape and some notice pins and began to imagine. Imagination went on and in a matter of 10 effective minutes my peak milk carton turned into a bookshelf!
I wasn’t able to make process photos as it was in the spur of the moment but I definitely took these reveal photos. It not only houses my books but some other stationery on the top half as well as toiletries. To maximize more space, I pinned it to the door of my wardrobe so now, I have more room and decided to make a mini art wall out of it as well as extra storage for larger books. Just like that, I’ve recycled my first major waste material and I yearn for more!
The Benefits & Significance.
Recycling is an act as well as an art. It takes awareness, creativity as well as an innate need for something new to recycle or go DIY like I did. This act and art helped me in the following ways:
- Avoiding clutter in my living space and reduce the risk of cockroach infestations
- Reduce the volume of waste, in some way, which would have been disposed off
- Exercising my creative ability to satisfy a need
- Saving me the cost of buying an actual bookshelf and giving me more room to do more in and with the former book storage space.
A lot more benefits can be attached to the act of recycling but in all, this is an act of environmental sustainability and a basic way to keep oneself safe, sane and creative.
What would you choose to recycle? A used plastic Coke bottle, Spoons or Clothes? There really is no waste as things can be revived by an act of recycling! Try it out and help sustain the environment and inevitably… sustain yourself!