Thursday, October 1, 2009
I love scrapbooking embellishments, but I worry sometimes about packaging. So much plastic that cannot be recycled. I know the reasoning--the products are often paper and need protection--but that still is a lot of waste (especially with a stash like mine). So I was happy to read a suggestion to use the hard plastic as a paint tray. I have been saving almost every one I've used in this last month, putting them in a Target bag that I hang off a bookshelf in my scrap space.
Lately, I also became concerned with how much wax paper I use to put the things on that I am painting while they are wet. I had a brainstorm as I was taking some Thickers out of its plastic envelope: why not save the plastic envelope to put my wet paint items on? So I have been saving those as well in the same place as the hard plastic, and this makes me happier about reducing my use of stuff (wax paper) and getting more use out of the hard plastic before it gets sent to the landfill.
And I'd like to give a shout-out to Doodlebug for their stickers, almost none of which they encase in plastic. I never worry for quality with those stickers, and I only have to recycle the paper backing when I am done.
Here's what I used these empty packages for:
I had fun playing with a lot of color here. Can you believe it, I used a whole package of paper whimsies on this project.
If you have any hints for how you reduce or reuse when it comes to scrapping, let me know!