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Recycle Week: 18 Easy Ideas for Repurposing Old Materials

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The month of September is full of environmental events for eco-friendly enthusiasts – and this year, September 20th marks the beginning of Recycle Week! Recycle Week is a week-long celebration dedicated to spreading awareness about the importance of recycling.

However, in recent years it has come to light that even though many households have been putting in the effort, a shockingly small amount of waste is actually recycled. To be specific, in his talk on biobased and biodegradable materials at TSL’s Partner Power Summit, Dr Pouya Samani shared that only 9% of plastic is actually recycled.

One of the ways to combat this is to reduce the amount of materials we’re trying to dispose of in the first place – that’s why for Recycle Week 2021, TSL is sharing creative and useful ways to repurpose and reuse materials at home! Below, you can find 18 ideas for recycling your old fabrics, plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard, many of which can be done with kids for fun family activities!

Follow us on social media to stay up to date and share your recycling ideas and repurposing attempts with us on our Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok accounts!

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Fabrics and Old Clothes:

Plastic Bottles:

Remember to look out for sharp edges when cutting plastic! Adding sandpaper to your toolkit for these crafts may be a good idea, especially when completing them with or for children.

Paper and Cardboard:

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