It is a shame that styrofoam chips, cups and other products are considered to be trash. There are so many recyclable uses for them! This was demonstrated in an earlier post “Cheap and useful styrofoam” where objects were made from styrofoam, but since this material is also sensitive to other chemicals, there are even more potential uses! In this video from GREENPOWERSCIENCE you can learn how to make thin spider webs and even wood sealant by dissolving styrofoam in natural chemicals such as citrus peel juice. Yes, the styrofoam still goes out into nature, but since it’s in a so much smaller size, the ultraviolet rays from our sun will be able to break it down much more quickly than any styrofoam cup or chip!
We all know styrofoam. It’s that white light-weight material that protects your goods while it is shipped. It may come as chips, molded pieces or even raw blocks and sheets. It’s used as insulation, shock absorber, modelling material and much more. But most of all, it is cheap! You can buy big blocks of it for a few dollars or find big pieces in your nearest dumpster for free! This is probably why most people see it as trash and not a building material. Well Make: magazine is here to show you how useful it can be! In this particular tutorial they make Halloween tombstone props but if you watch the video, you should easily see how these techniques can be used to make almost any form out of cheap and feather light styrofoam! And by the way, you don’t need special tools like soldering iron or a hot wire foam cutter. Tools like scissors, files, knifes and sandpaper can just as easily be used, although the surface might become a bit rougher. But since acetone (nail polish remover) can melt styrofoam, perhaps you can use a acetone damp paper towel to polish those surfaces? Now that would be a neat experiment!
Here is an excellent tip from IdunnGoddess on how to recycle all those newspapers at home into a wicker type basket! This video demonstrates the very basic of basket shapes, but with a little practice, you should be able to make every type of wicker baskets. Maybe you could even make structure strong enough to make wicker chairs? Now that’s a challenge!
Do you, like most of us, have an ever-increasing pile of small transparent plastic bags? Too small and flimsy to be of practical use right? Wrong! Those bags can be used as an excellent DIY material! In this video from Barrett Sanders we get to see how easy it is to make cool jelly fishes out of them, but we bet you could find many other uses for those tiny bags if you just put your mind to it. What could you make?
This is a special treat and by far the most jaw dropping and inspirational video we have ever found so far. Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming documentary that portrays how poor people, living on recycling garbage in land fills, use their ingenuity and creativity to recycle the trash into proper musical instruments and even assemble their own orchestra! Recycling doesn’t have to be boring, it can be fun, and in some cases it can even increase people’s life quality to such a high degree that they can’t imagine a life without it! So just lean back, watch, enjoy and wonder about what other wonderful things could be made from landfill garbage…