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  • Up-cycle symbol
    Do it yourself upcycling
    We all know how to reduce, re-use and recycle but what is up-cycling? Up-cycling is a term commonly used by retailers who turn non-recyclable items into useful objects. One of the most popular of these retailers is Terra-Cycle. Is do it yourself...
  • Give worn towels another chance to prove their still worthy
    Give worn towels another chance to prove their still worthy
    Towels come in many sizes and shapes. You may have beach towels, baths towels, hand towels as well as wash cloths in your home. Over time the terry fibers get worn out and threadbare, some may have tears in them while others look misshapen,...
  • Turning nothing into something
    Turning nothing into something
    “Recycling” means you take all the glass, paper, and metal and separate it, then place it in the appropriate canister at the junk yard so it is remade into something useful. “Upcycling” means you take all the glass, paper,...
  • Repurpose
    10 Amazing Websites with Awesome Repurposing Ideas: Recycling 101
    What is the difference between recycling and item and re-purposing an item? Well according to the dictionary the definitions are:Recycle: to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse.Re-purpose to change ...
  • Going on an "Advintage"
    Adventure + Vintage = Advintage
    I generally write about experiences that have already passed -- PAST TENSE. This article is geared toward the future. I have realized that I often visit events, write about them, and the event is over by the time my article is out and ready for...
  • Sharing Dad Stories Can Win Some Great Stuff this Father’s Day!
    Sharing Dad Stories Can Win Some Great Stuff this Father’s Day!
    Dad stories, we’ve all got ‘em. Accidentally tearing up the yard, running faulty electrical wire or tricking you into doing work, everybody has a story about dear ‘ole dad. Now is the time to cash in those ‘precious’...
  • Unwanted.
    Thoughts on Repurposing.
    Repurpose.It is a common enough word, especially these days when everyone is into upcycling and reusing and making sure things don’t go to waste. But how much thought do we really put into the word itself and what it means? Due to overuse it...
  • Upcycling New Skateboards from Broken Skateboards
    Upcycling New Skateboards from Broken Skateboards
    We recently published an article about the thief in Florida who escaped with a flat-screen TV while making use of his skateboard. We are certainly not encouraging anyone else to make use of a skateboard while committing a crime, but now we have a...
  • Five Minute Project under Five Bucks: LP Clock
    Five Minute Project under Five Bucks: LP Clock
    Cruising through Goodwill the other day I happened upon a used clock and some old LPs. Now I had seen CD clocks online and I thought the idea was a little tacky but seeing those old LPs with their 70’s styles and psychedelic colors I thought...
  • Giving and Thanksgiving #5: Rethreaded
    Giving and Thanksgiving #5: Rethreaded
    Rethreaded, located in downtown Jacksonville in a small warehouse at 820 Barnett Street near Beaver Street, is training women who have been abused and /or endangered by the sex trade. This nonprofit is working to break the cycle of the sex trade...
  • Pumpkins
    Crafting harvest pumpkins from upcycled materials
    Fall is here and with it the season of everything pumpkin. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin-scented candles and pumpkin-colored sweaters. If, like the Recycling Examiner, you just can't get enough of pumpkins, check out the...
  • Uses for old cd's
    Ten things you can do with used cd's and dvd's
    If you put your mind to it, there are probably hudreds of things you can do with those old used cd’s and dvd’s that are too scratched to listen to or watch anymore. They make a perfect addition to your prek classroom, and you can ask...
  • Glass Recycled Surfaces
    Gorgeous Glass, Upcycled
    Have you ever thought about the different ways that unwanted glass can be reused? Glass Recycled Services provides products that aren’t only recycled, but they are upcycled which means they are using glass that was headed to the landfill for...
  • Thinker toys: Craft toys that make children think...about the environment
    Thinker toys: Craft toys that make children think …of the environment
    Surely most Austinites struggled with their groceries on March 1st this year. The date snuck up on us -- no more single-use plastic bags at the market or any retail store all over town. The change and the lack of resistance is refreshing to see....
  • upcycling
    Upcycling: old stuff into useful items
    Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. For example, unraveling a wire clothes hanger to break into your car to rescue your keys is not upcycling, stretching out a wire clothes...