Made recycling resolutions for the New Year? If so, they probably involve collecting materials and putting them into a blue bin. Our standard conception of recycling is good… it’s not always particularly compelling, though.
Russell J. Gehrke’s book Recycling Projects for the Evil Genius changes that (and, yes, that’s an affiliate link). Rather than how to separate paper from plastic from aluminum, Gehrke’s book focuses on DIY projects that you can do at home with materials that might otherwise go into that blue bin… or, god forbid, the trash can. Paper can become bricks and blocks… as can plastic bottles and shopping bags. Food and yard scraps can become compost… more quickly. And though the title specifies recycling, Gehrke goes beyond the concept into making your own household cleaners and pest and weed control products. If you really get into upcycling various materials, he even has tips on how to turn it into a business (which he addresses from experience).
If you want to get more use out of the materials that come through your home or business, or just have a real knack/jones for doing it yourself, you’re bound to find some projects here that you can’t wait to try. If you do, let us know about it…