Recycling Done Right! Toys Fashioned From Discarded Shoes.

From Imgur.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.


Shoes are scrubbed.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.


Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.

Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.


Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.

Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.


Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

From Imgur.


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Promised My Cats The Sky Scratcher™: New York City Scratching Post For Christmas…Then Saw The Price.

The Sky Scratcher™: New York City cat scratching post.The Sky Scratcher™: New York City scratching post for cats is a green idea that is gluelessly made out of 120 stories of recycled cardboard and renewable bamboo plywood. And the creators of The Sky Scratcher™ go even further by donating a portion of their sales to help feed and assists pets that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Awesome2 until I saw the $149 price tag. Sorry cats but your getting the usual empty box to play in, one shiny Christmas ornament to break and I promise not to have you de-clawed for another year. [Etsy via Inhabitat]

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Jubbling Break: “Ah Ah’s Back” Video Is About A Boy Being Reunited With His Stuffed Blue Monkey.

Thank goodness somebody chose to recycle Liam’s stuffed blue monkey instead of throwing it out. [Laughing Squid]

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Tube Toys From Oscar Diaz Assemble With The Box They Arrived In.

Tube Toys by Oscar DiazHave you ever noticed how much packaging is used on kid’s toys? Maybe it’s a theft deterrent but it is still a waste – recyclable or not. The Tube Toy is different. Designed by Oscar Diaz, the Tube Toy’s packaging is an integral part of the final product. Currently, Mr. Diaz has created 4 Tube Toy models: tractor, car, train and fire truck. The only waste is the label which includes the instructions on how to put your Tube Toy together. The Tube Toy was built for and is now available through Natural Products and Worldwide (NPW). Great idea.

Now here’s the rant section. The Tube Toy is simple and most kids would probably lose interest in it quickly. For the parents whose kids don’t, I’ve got some parenting advice: don’t raise the bar; keep your kids expectation’s uncomplicated when it comes to the toys you buy. Stepping up to the small electronics like a Nintendo DS or letting them play on your iPhone is the equivalent of giving them a kiddie gateway drug. Within a year, they’ll need more and if you’re weak like me, you’ll let them buy what they want. Before long, you’ll have an XBOX or PS3 (both power hogs) and you’ll be kicking yourself for ever introducing your kids to electronics. Much more difficult to stop than to never start.

So if your kids are around three and they haven’t been introduced to gaming, throw out your TV and get a Tube Toy. I wish I would have
followed my own advice because now I’m dealing with the daily effects of gaming withdrawal. [Core77]

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Hopefully Resourcefulness Will Be The Next Big Fashion Statement

Use it up, wear it out - make it do!Good article on Boing Boing about resourcefulness and how it has become a lost art. Stuff is just cheaper to replace now so it doesn’t make sense to repair and re-wear. I’m guilty too as I catch myself throwing out possibly useful items (kids partial toys, holey clothing etc.) because it’s easier to toss and forget.

We should all challenge ourselves to repurpose and extend the life of one extra item each month; an article of clothing, a toy, or an electronic device. I do have to get rid of some underwear that are so old, they’re made out of tree bark. But besides chucking the undies (or using them as rags), I’m going try to patch and repair one normally trashed item each month. I already make a daily un-fashion statement so why not expand on it? [Boing Boing]

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Buy Less Stuff And Try To Spend Locally On Your Kids This Christmas

Jubbling Christmas List
Each holiday, we all receive an onslaught of emails encouraging us to buy most of our gifts close to home. It’s a great goal but unfortunately, most of the stuff our kids ask for say “Made By Small Hands In Foreign Lands” and we normally go that route. I know I do and when I look at my kids’ Christmas list this year, 90% of it is made somewhere outside of North America. So this year, my goal is to spend more locally than previous years.

What can you give your kids that is locally produced? A great gift you can give is your time. Deliver it on Christmas morning as a ‘coupon’ and then let each kid choose what they want to do and make a day of it. They may choose to go to a local aquarium, skating rink, sporting event and then follow it up with a meal at a local restaurant. It might be something you would’ve done together anyway but now it’s your kid choosing what they want to do and it’s local.

Yes, you’ll still buy the stuff they want but by giving your time, you can buy less of it.

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