In our “Waste to Art” sessions we will learn how to transform items of low value into useful ones. We will use art techniques to grasp the meaning of the environmental idea of waste treatment. Every endeavor becomes an emotional experience that provokes the imagination, develops creative skills and, above all, contributes actively to the cultivation of environmental awareness.

The wood of 24 trees is necessary for the production of one ton of newsprint paper. If instead of throwing away the newspapers that we read we put them in the container for segregated collection, we will rescue many trees from felling, we will save huge amounts of water needed for the production of primary paper and will reduce air pollution by 73%.

Paper decomposes most easily in nature: over a period of 3 to 12 months, but at the same time it is easiest to produce interesting items from it. Old newspapers, magazines, shoe boxes and napkins: they can all be given second life with a little glue, paint and imagination.

If you have an awful lot of newspapers and magazines and you do not know what to do with them, this is the right idea for you. It takes some time to make but bearing in mind the low price and the end effect, the efforts are worthwhile.

Necessary materials:

  • a large sewing needle
  • a snap off knife
  • a brush
  • pliers
  • newspaper
  • glue
  • acrylic paint

If in spite of the idea of decoration made of old newspapers you still have a lot of such newspapers, you need a box to store them in. Here is yet another interesting idea.

Necessary materials:

  • scissors
  • glue
  • colored strips
  • newspapers

2.5 millions of plastic bottles are discarded as waste every hour only in the United States. If plastics are not recycled, they end up on dumping sites, where their decomposition lasts for 500 to 1000 years and pollutes soil and water alike with dangerous toxins. The production of plastics is twice as energy intensive as the recycling process.

In order to help, we just need to dispose of plastic packaging in the containers for segregated collection or to breathe new life in the old plastic items with a little imagination.

What can we make out of plastic bottles? It is easy, very useful and inexpensive to make. You can store all sorts of things in it.

Necessary materials:

  • scissors
  • a silicone glue gun
  • plastic bottles
  • coloured zippers

What else shall we make out of plastic bottles? Interesting and easy. Kitchen decoration.

Necessary materials:

  • scissors
  • plastic bottles
  • a brush
  • stretch paper
  • colourded ribbons
  • acrylic paint

 

Glass is not decomposed in natural environment (unless you are patient enough to wait for 4000 years), and at the same time it is the ideal recyclable raw material, because it can be processed to manufacture new glass items an unlimited number of times.

Recycling helps avoid unnecessary pollution: 20% of air and 50% of water. It also helps save a lot of energy, which otherwise would be used for the production of primary glass.

Along with that glass bottles, glasses and jars can be transformed into interesting, beautiful and functional objects for our home, office, studio.

Are you also one of those people, who have no clue what to do with all the glass bottles in your cellar? Here is an interesting idea for them.

Necessary materials:

  • a large syringe
  • a paintbrush
  • a paint mixing bowl
  • various translucent bottles and jars
  • watercolours
  • plastic pipes of various sizes for flowers

We have a tasty meal but then we are unaware as to what we should do with all the glass jars. Here is an interesting idea about a romantic evening in the yard.

Necessary materials:

  • candles
  • diverse jars
  • beans, sand or pebbles

Aluminium packaging can be recycled an unlimited number of times. Its recycling process requires only 5% of the energy necessary for the primary production. As we segregate aluminium packaging while collecting it, we also help preserve bauxite deposits.

Cans and caps take a long time to decompose in nature, while at the same time, if we do not recycle them, they are great material for making many interesting things. All we need is some imagination, leisure time and desire.

What shall we do with all the caps that are usually never reused? Here is a wonderful snowman that can decorate our Christmas Tree.

Necessary materials:

  • scissors
  • a silicon glue gun
  • paintbrushes
  • several bottle caps
  • tempera paints
  • ribbons
  • buttons

How often do you eat tasty canned food? Do you recycle the cans after that? And do you like candlelight dinner? This is your project.

Necessary materials:

  • scissors
  • a silicon glue gun
  • coloured paper
  • wooden pegs
  • a wooden hanger
  • several cans
  • string
  • tea lights