I think about my footprint on the environment pretty often. I know there's a lot more that I can do...my vehicle is reasonably fuel efficient but not as much as I'd like and I don't always think about reducing my consumption of things, like strategic bulk purchasing to reduce packaging and being focused on buying more products from local or close to home sources. Having confessed those sins up front, I can also say that I'm very good recycling and composting...almost nothing from my house goes to the landfill, I became vegetarian several years ago as my way of helping to reduce the impact of industrial farm animal production, and I love little more than figuring out how to reuse or reinvent something in a creative way. So. much. fun.
Here are a few of my favorites...
This is my (no longer working) dining room fireplace hearth and mantle facing. The marble tile that I laid years ago had started to crumble, so I decided to gather tiles that I already had and purchase a few more from SmART*--an art reuse supply store in Nashville that sells only donated materials that would likely otherwise be thrown away. The wood came from my what I had saved from other projects. I also had a partial bag of thin-set (given to me last year by a neighbor who was going to throw it away) and a box of grout.
Tea light holders from wood scraps and leftover stains and varnish that I had on hand. Add wood glue, clamps, a drill bit the size of the tea light candles and the candles. Done!
Never underestimate the power of your creative mind! Which means you can help save the world too!
*Full disclosure: SmART is a social enterprise retail store that benefits Progress Inc. This is the nonprofit organization where I work. SmART provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, keeps really cool art and crafting materials and supplies out of the landfill, and benefits the work of Progress Inc. You can find out more using the button below!
Hi, I'm Donna. Long time artisan/creative. Full time work in nonprofit world. Mother of two adult sons. Currently, also mother of two cats.
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Tile and wood floor...this year's winter project...kitchen renovation