Repurpose Your Valentine's Day Trash into Love-Filled Decor
Valentine's Day gives us an opportunity to show our affection for those who make our lives happier every day. While you're caught up in the rush of emotion, don't forget that all of the gifts given on this holiday create waste material that can be recycled into Valentine's Day decor and other useful items around the house.
Lock Your Love in a Heart-Shaped Box
After raiding the assorted chocolate box for the varieties you like and begrudgingly throwing the others away, you're left with a box that is easily converted into a decoration. Just run a string into the box through the middle of each curve, then continue with boxes as you acquire them. Use some of the candy wrappers to add spots of color, especially the ones wrapped in golden and silver foil. Now you can get any room ready for a Valentine's Day bash instantly by hanging up your recycled heart-shaped box banner. You can also dedicate a couple of the boxes to storing extra Valentine's Day supplies in a thematically appropriate container.
Wine and Dine - Then Decorate
A glass of zinfandel or pinot noir shared with a lover in the pale moonlight makes the perfect end to Valentine's Day - and possibly the perfect start for Valentine's Night. Both the bottles and the cork are valuable materials that can be turned into craft supplies instead of tossed into a landfill. The bottles can be broken and turned into light-catching wind chimes, or you can string together bottles to add a bit of color to a fence. Corks are sturdy and compact, so you can use them as building blocks and support structures in other projects, like a planter that you can grow flowers in for next year's Valentine's Day gift.
Play Your Cards Close to Your Chest
Valentine's cards are a traditional sign of affection that is a common sight in children's classrooms. A collage crafted from each year's cards will make the perfect accompaniment to a yearbook, or you can cut out the best bits of each card to use as scrapbooking material. For the cards that carry real sentimental value, start a Book of Cards that you add to each year. Just bring it out on Valentine's Day for a physical reminder of the time you've spent together.
Come on Baby, Recycle My Fire
That line of hundreds of candles leading to the rose-filled bath doesn't have to go to waste, even if they've used up most of their wicks and wax. You can transfer the leftover wax and add new wicks to make new candles. The jars can come along for the ride, or you can find new uses for them like holding budding seeds or miniature confections.
Commit to Recycling at Every Occasion
At Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, we think that there's no such thing as a bad time to think about recycling. If you want to do more to reduce your impact on the environment, any business or city can benefit from our recovered-material analysis and professional recycling services that turn unwanted materials into profit for people and the planet.