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Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

Wrapping The Wall Hangings

Posted by terrepruitt on December 7, 2020

Oh, I am so surprised with myself.  I don’t know how I missed this ALL these years.  I love when restaurants, offices, etc have their wall hangings wrapped.  It looks so festive.  I always marvel at the time it must have taken someone to wrap the hangings.  And yet I have never done it myself.  WHAT?  I don’t get it.  How could I have missed this opportunity all these years?  What a great way to decorate and re-use/recycle wrapping paper.  I just don’t get it.  This year I was looking at my purple and blue plates (don’t match red and green) that are in my plate holder and I was trying to think of something to do with them.  I have Christmas dishes, but we didn’t get them down this year and I am ok with that because we have so many other things to decorate with.  Then it dawned on me . . . I could just wrap the plates.

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In case you were wondering what I got to do that was so exciting to me – you are not going to think it is exciting, but I was sooooo happy – I will tell you.  I got to pull stuff out of boxes and then put the boxes back up.  Normally we bring all the boxes in the house and then I empty them and they stay in the house until will put them back up.  And usually we put them all back up at the same time.  So to be able to empty some and not even bring them in the house – such a relief.  The amount of stress that alleviates is amazing.  May sound silly to you, but I was happy.

Anyway . . . this post is me being excited about recycling wrapping paper to decorate and to have a “new” decoration”.  I can change the paper every year.  Well, not really because I often put my Christmas china up there.  But this year . . . . a new decoration!

Well, it is December.  So that means a lot of posts – A LOT – about the Christmas tree (wait till you see the skinny guy we got this year), the decorations, and the season.  Yeah, still celebrating and grasping at the Joy of the Season!

How about you?

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Being A Little Green

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2013

So earlier this week when I was driving home from one of my Nia classes I heard one of the DJs on the radio say that if every family in the United States wrapped one gift this season with stuff from around the house the paper saved would cover 45,000 football fields. I thought that was pretty amazing. I also thought that it would be a great thing to share on my blog. Before I post anything I do some searches on the internet for more information. With some things I have additional sources, but some things are just internet researched and as I have stated time and time again, often times there is conflicting information. This time I found slightly different information OR I heard it incorrectly in the first place. Either way I think it is pretty amazing and I would hope that many families would like to participate in saving a bit of paper. You might know I pretty much try to re-use wrapping paper and tissue paper as much as I can.  I don’t necessarily use stuff around the house to wrap, but after reading this fact I might.  According to the Stanford University’s Site: “If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.”

So, it is THREE presents.  Still do-able, I think.  For people who like to use reusable bags instead of paper or plastic when they shop, I think putting their gift in one of those bags is a great idea.  I think it is so great (of an idea) that I am sure I have said it before (please note I am not claiming to have come up with that idea, just to have said it before).  Since I see more and more people saying they shop online what about just using the box the items come in?  I know they are not that attractive but you can make them so.

If you have kids you can set them about drawing on the boxes.  That would make for a very unique wrapping.  (Ha, I said that before, too!)  Or you could use other things from around the house and attach them to the boxes.  Maybe magazine pages cut up in Holiday shapes and stuck to the box.  Or perhaps stickers or just some glitter and glue?  I am sure if you have kids THEY can come up with many ways to decorate those plain brown boxes.

Or what about using Christmas cards.  Ooooh!  You know how I love to save them and hang them on my wall as decorations (I didn’t do that this year – first time in many years!).  But the fronts could be cut off and saved, then glued to that brown boxes next year.  (Oh, I have to remember that for this year’s cards!)

I know you can come up with ways to reuse and recycle.  And I have posted some ideas before.  I was just amazed when I heard the comparison of covering football fields. Here is more info from the site:

“If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. . . . . . . The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.”

So using the front of the cards to make the brown shipping boxes pretty would be great!

And . . . . what else?  How can we make our presents pretty and save paper at the same time?  Please share your ideas.

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Goodie Jar – Check In #31

Posted by terrepruitt on September 27, 2013

I remembered the Goodie Jar check in!  Yay!  How about you?  Are you remembering to put good things in that jar?  I know that some weeks are easier to find good things than others, but that is part of this — to find good things to focus on even in the midst of the things that bring us down or try to keep that smiling from surfacing.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaMy birthday was last week so I received a few cards.  As I was pulling the cards out of the envelopes to display — yes, I put up my cards — I realized what great goodie note paper the envelopes would make.  As you may know not only am I filling my goodie jar, but I like to use colorful paper to document my good things.  I like different shapes and sizes and textures.  So to me it was a good thing to realize I could use the envelopes as paper for my jar.  Yay!  Now I will have bright pink, red, and yellow to add to the jar!  And do some recycling!

Fun stuff.

One of the good things I have added to my jar is my Nia students — again!  I know, huh? — this week the traffic was stopped as I tried to make my way to my Nia class.  When I looked on the freeway as I was getting on I thought it was just slowed for a bit because there were signs that said, “Shoulder work”.  The actually direction I need to travel is not visible from where I make the turn on to the entrance ramp.  When I made the turn onto the actual road to enter, it was stopped.  So I just got right back off.  But every single street I drove on had construction.  So at times two lanes were reduced to one lane.  Every time I was near a freeway entrance I thought I would get on the freeway there, but, nope, the traffic was backed up.  So I slowly made my way all the way across town via city streets.  I kept thinking I would make it to class on time or really close to it, so I didn’t pull over to call.  But finally I stopped to call and tell them I was on my way even though I was already late!  I finally made it, I was twenty minutes late!  And guess what?  My students were still there!  WOW!  I was so humbled and grateful it was JUST what a person needs after spending over an hour on the road to make a 20 minute trip.  My annoyance and embarrassment at being late was washed away by my understanding and eager-to-dance students.  They said, “That’s ok.  Let’s dance it away.”  And we did.  So grateful.  Definitely a GOOD THING for my goodie jar.

I hope that you use this check in as a reminder to take a moment and think of the good things that you have experienced this week and make a note.

Well, how many were you able to think of?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #4

Posted by terrepruitt on February 22, 2013

This is the fourth check in for the Goodie Jar, the jar where we put notes of good things that have happened.   I started my jar a month into 2013, but I added a couple of notes of things that happened in January so I’m ok with the late start.  In my last check in, check in #3 I shared that I am using all different kinds of paper and even folding them a different way.  I look around my house to try to find different color paper or paper with something pretty or colorful on it.  Well, I was wrapping a gift and I had one of those little pieces of wrapping paper that there is nothing to do with but throw away.  It was too small to use as in a bag as I mentioned in my Wrapping Tips post (you can read about that by clicking here).  But it was big enough to write a good thing on!

Oh yeah!  I can have a goodie jar full of wrapping paper scraps.  Ha, that is a fun idea, but I don’t actually wrap that much!  But when I do, I usually end up with that one little piece of paper that is not gonna wrap or cushion any thing.  Now it will be a pretty addition to my good things pitcher!  Yay!

So, I am wishing you a rapidly filling goodie jar.  How is it going for you?

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Favorites From The Past

Posted by terrepruitt on December 29, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI always forget about the last post of the year.  I mean, I know that I am writing one because it is eventually going to happen, but I don’t think of it as being special.  I know a couple of years my hubby has suggested a “blog review” or something and I know I have done that before.  But to do that every year is tiring I think.  I do love the Holidays and the decorations and I am sad when they have to come down.  A lot of people have certain dates and/or days on which they take theirs down.  I like to wait until after the first of January and then the exact day usually just depends on timing.  When is my hubby going to be around to help me with all of the boxes?  When we will have the most time?  When do we really want it all to go away?  If he is not going to be around when I want it done, then I just do it myself.  So I am not stuck on any particular day.  Sometimes it depends on the tree.  In 2011 our tree had to come down because it was the worst tree we had ever had in terms of dry.  We only turned the lights on it on two days and then I was too afraid to have that heat on it.  I remember trying to shut the curtain so the sun wouldn’t shine on it and dry it out any more.  I didn’t want the house heat on – afraid that would speed the decay.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe day after Christmas I was “undecorating” it and I put it outside.  That tree scared me.  This year the tree is better.  Much better.  It will make it until New Year’s Day at least.  It is also smaller than our trees we have had in the past so the disruption of furniture and traffic has not been so great so it is not that much of a bother.  There is one decoration that I remember I left up for a long time after Christmas last year and that was our Christmas cards.  When we receive a card I usually leave it on the counter for my husband to read, then it gets taped on the wall.  By the end of the season we usually have a wall decorated with cards.  I remember last year I didn’t take them down for weeks.

I also save some from year to year.  Some of the cards we receive are so beautiful or so cute I just don’t want to throw them away.  I consider them a Christmas decoration.  I have one that has plastic jewels on it.  Glitter ones almost always get saved.  I have some that are actually pictures.  Now I am not talking about the picture postcard cards.  Those always get saved.  I keep those and when the Christmas boxes come down I look through them.  It is fun to see how families grow and age.  But I some friends who are professional photographers, they take pictures for their Christmas cards, I save those.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaFrilly ones and puffy ones, usually get saved, as do blue ones and ones with sparkles.  Homemade ones also get put on the wall year after year.  I keep the ones from years past on a separate wall because for some reason people used to walk in and say, “You got all those cards!?!?”  And I would explain that this wall — pointing to the current card wall — was different from that wall — pointing to the years past wall.

I write the date on the card and put it in the box with the decorations and voila I have a jeweled or glittery or sparkly or fuzzy or puffy or frilly or homemade decoration for next year.  (Sometimes the card might be glittery AND sparkly AND fuzzy AND frilly and homemade . . . ahhhhh!)  I am sure that eventually I will have to throw some of them away.  A few are looking a little worn and might be on their last year of decorating, but at least I have enjoyed it for more than just one season.  And you might be familiar with my Christmas decoration scheme/theme and that is to SEE “Christmas” wherever you look so this gives me a few extra “decorations” that don’t take up a lot of room to store.  They are very pretty.

Plus it is fun to read some of the notes and comments from years past.  I have already picked out at least 5 that we received this year that are going to go on the wall next year.

What do you think?  You have to admit that you receive at least one card a season that is too pretty to just throw away?  Right?  

Well, Happy New Year.  Make it a great one!

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Things That Make Me Go “Hmmm, WHAT A WASTE!”

Posted by terrepruitt on January 26, 2012

Sometimes there are things I just don’t understand.  I find that when I ask I get answers.  So my questions today revolve around packaging and waste.  I am not meaning to pick on any on particular company but I am so confused as to why, in a world where we are trying to reduce waste and we have to pay for bags in which to put the stuff we just purchased, is it ok to package things like this.  To me both of these packages are a waste.

Dance Exercise, Zumba like, Nia class, Nia teacher, Nia cardio workoutI have a Nia student who always smells great and she told me the name of the perfume.  I asked her if she would mind if I bought some and she said, no.  It was before Christmas and I thought it would be a great gift idea for my husband to get for me.  I love it when people tell me what they want and I try to help him out that way too.  Since he was really busy AND there was other things that was on his mind he decided we could just order it online.  I was excited.  New perfume.  But when I opened the box the only thing I was thinking is, “You have got to be kidding me!!!!  Is it REALLY necessary to have ALL of this packaging for one bottle of perfume?”  As I said, since I am not trying to necessarily bad mouth the company, I tried to take a picture that didn’t directly show the name, but you can see there is a piece of folded cardboard that goes first around the bottle, then that goes in the box, then there is a sheath that goes around that.  Why?  Just the ONE box would do just fine, I don’t think there is really any reason for the inner piece of cardboard and the sheath.  To me the whole thing reeked of wastefulness.  I was actually somewhat disappointed in the company because of that.

dance exercise, Nia class, Nia student, Nia teacher, Nia San Jose, San Jose NiaThen I was at the grocery store and I was faced with this.  REALLY?!?!?!  First of all prepackaging fruits and veggies sticks me with more than I want and second it seems like a HUGE waste of material.  I could have easily used one bag to put my two zucchinis in, but no, I was forced to by five and they are packaged with a papery-plastic sheet, inside a plastic tray, wrapped with more plastic, and then labeled with even more papery-plastic.  WHAT IS THAT ABOUT?  How is that being responsible and cutting down on waste?  FOUR things, instead of one bag?  I just don’t get it.

I don’t understand when we are forced to be “green” in some areas, but in other areas waste like this is allowed to continue.  This type of stuff confuses me.  I am not sure the shiny material that the sheath was made out of can be recycled, but I put it in the recycling along with the rest of the wasteful packaging.

Whew.  Ok, thanks, I am done with my rant.  🙂  Do you ever come across packaging of a product that you feel is excessive?

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31 Things Report So Far

Posted by terrepruitt on December 7, 2011

Nia Teacher, Nia in San Jose, Dance Exercise in San Jose, Cardio Exercise in San JoseReporting in.  How are you doing with the 31 Things Project?  Getting rid of anything?  Today after teaching my Nia Class I took my trunk full of plastic water bottles to the recycler.  Those things take up a lot of space.  My entire trunk and half my back seat was full.  I have a big trunk.  There were two large bags and a box sitting in our garage the rest I stored in my trunk.  It is not easy to save up recycling because it takes up a lot of space but it isn’t worth it to go to a recycling place unless you have a lot of stuff to recycle.  So we have it around for a long time and are always having to dance around bags of bottles.  But there is a place in San Jose next to the Willow Glen studio I teach at and the people there were SOOOO nice I think I might drop by more often.

My list thus far is: today, I rid our space of plastic bottles.  Yesterday, I went into my office closet for something and ended up throwing some stuff out.  Closet is still not clean, but it is a bit more organized and some of the stuff in it is more easily accessible.  The day before I noticed a drawer in the kitchen that had gotten a bit out of control so I tidied that up and threw out some of the stuff in there that was no longer useful.  The day before that I fixed a watch band.  I have several watches and most them need batteries or new bands (sounds like a perfect “thing” for my project).  The one that has a working battery has a “broken” band.  Well, the leather band itself was fine, it was the pin that hold the band to the watch that had broken.  Now, please understand that I know it is easy to remedy these things, I just don’t always think about them.  They slip my mind.  I was looking for something in a box and I found some pins.  I had saved the pins from a broken watch band.  So I was able to put the saved pin into my watch band and — Voila!  A watch.  Yeah!  I love watches and I have not had one that could actually be worn in so long.

Fixing that band did two things; 1) it has encouraged me to put “fix watches” on my 31 Thing Project list and 2) it changed two useless items (a pin and broken watch) to two useful items.  Unfortunately that little tiny pin was not taking up a lot of space so no space was created, but time certainly was.  Ha, ha.  Ok, times was not CREATED, but I now know what time it is!

This is proving less easy than I thought because of the Holiday season, but I am committed to the project so I am going to do it.  I need to remember that the idea is not to take up a lot of time.  Give me a chance to exercise focus.  Yesterday I spent way too much time in my closet!  I got distracted by things in the closet that I was not looking for.  So . . . how are you doing?  Do you have seven things on your list of “done”?

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Wrapping Tips

Posted by terrepruitt on December 17, 2009

As you know I post about things other than health, wellness, exercise, and working out.  I do try to post helpful things.

Recently we got a box of wrapping paper down and I opened it up and there was a pile of folded kind of crumpled paper.  I pulled it out and set it aside.  I figured that I saved it to use to re-use for wrapping.  But it was so crumbled I didn’t have the heart to try to deal with it at that moment.  So as I was wrapping over the next couple of days it dawned on me what that pile of paper really was for—-packing.  A couple of years ago I started saving paper that had been used.  If it was pretty or I really liked it I save it.

I use my shredder to shred the wrapping paper.  When I use those handy gift bags I use the paper shredded instead of using tissue paper.  I also use shredding wrapping paper when I am shipping packages (usually in addition to another recycled packing product).  I really like this idea of re-using the paper.  Other paper that works is the paper that is too small to use to actually wrap a gift.  It all looks really pretty and festive once it is shredded.  It works really great when you have two sided paper.

I love wrapping paper, but I think it is a huge waste, so if I can re-use something I love it.  I save bows to re-use themDrives my husband crazy  It used to drive my husband crazy, but I save them and re-use them.  Please don’t be offended if you ever receive a gift from me with a bow taped on the package.  That actually means that I recued that bow from being thrown away then loveing stored it and saved it until it had the perfect recepient.

I also don’t usually write on the gift bag or put the stick name tag directly on it.  I usually stick the tag on the shredded paper or stick it to itself over the cord/handle of the bag.  That way the recipient can use the bag again.

Sometimes these bags can become family traditions.  You can use a gift special back to swap back and forth.  For years my family had a bag going back and forth.  It was a sea of white cartoon rabbits with one rabbit dressed in red and white.  It lasted a long time, but eventually it tore and we moved on, but it was fun while it lasted.

Bags, tissue, bows, and shredding aren’t meant to last forever, but if they get more than one use, that is a great thing.

If you really want to be resourceful and “green” you could always give one of those reusable grocery bags as the gift bag, “wrap” the gift it that!

Do you have any wrapping re-use ideas?  What works out for you and your family?

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