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Why it's important to use recycled DIY materials

by Daniella Lenka Encabo

Have you ever wondered what our world would look like in 10, 20 or 50 years from now if we don’t start recycling? If you’ve recently visited the old Pasig River in Manila, you would have an idea. I understand that not everyone is well informed regarding the overall concept and benefit of recycling. I will gladly share some advice on the importance of using recycled materials for your next DIY projects as a form of recycling.

What is DIY? DIY stands for - Do it yourself, which basically means that you take on tasks to independently build or fix things around you. DIY videos are quite famous on social media as it provides us with essential tips and “life hacks” on familiarizing ourselves with new DIY tasks or projects. One basic example is fabricating a DIY plant pot from an old milk bottle/ carton. One may even decorate it and turn it into something unique and special. Instead of discarding plastic waste, perhaps you can imagine yourself using these items to make creative DIY projects. Like woodwork and other types of DIY projects, one could imagine the joy and satisfaction that a finished project brings!

The average person produces about 4.5 lbs of plastic waste. That’s a lot of plastic! Why not try and re-use these? Like the famous recycled plastic polar bear sculpture in London, it’s exciting to find beauty out of something that so horrifying.

What are your thoughts on this?

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