In an average week how much junk mail comes to your home? For the average family, with two adults and two children, they could probably weigh their junk mail at the end of any given week to equal the weight of a small animal. An average home can get items from; clearing houses, credit card offers, insurance offers, mortgage advertisements and promises of lowering monthly mortgage bill, flyers, entries into contests that had never been entered in the first place, solicitations from charities and the ever present retail catalogs!
Along with the simple fact that all of these items are unnecessary and annoying, the amount of waste they create is drowning the average family in misused, unread paper. How can this issue be dealt with and the waste be reduced, or never produced, for us all over the country?
The answer to that question is, yes, there is something we can do to stop the madness of junk mail that litters our mail delivery every single day! There is a group that has done all of the work for us, and they have all of the information needed to put an end to the junk mail that we are assaulted with in just a few easy steps and with the patience of a few weeks.
First you add you register here: https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/293/~/how-do-i-opt-out-of-receiving-any-leaflets-or-unaddressed-promotional-material%3F
and contact these people:
‘Your Choice’ Preference Scheme
Direct Marketing Association (UK) Ltd
70 Margaret Street
Telephone: 0207 291 3300
Fax: 0207 323 4165
Also a charity website to stop unsolicited post; https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/complaints/fundraising-preference-service
There are so many ways to integrate recycling with arts and crafts and still have hours of entertainment and maybe make a few holiday gifts.
One of people’s favorite crafts is decopauge. The materials needed to do this are simply old magazines, a pair of scissors, some white glue and something to decorate. I’ve seen people use this art medium on every kind of article from wooden boxes up to queen bed head boards.
Once you have the item (or items) you want to decorate you can put them aside and start flipping through the magazines for pictures and words that jump up at you or help convey something you want to say. The great thing about this craft is that there is no “wrong” way to do it. Some people will use an entire advertisement including the background in the ad and others may cut out the person or object from the background. The idea is to have a piece of a page to be layered upon the object to be decorated.
After you have enough pictures and words cut out you can start to decorate your object. The ideas and creativity, from this point on, are endless! Use all cut outs of flowers and birds to decorate your project, cut out every picture of a dog and see how many you can find and use all of them to decorate your recycled project!
Arrange your clippings onto the surface of whatever it is you’re going to reuse or decorate and put a layer of glue over the entire project. Using white glue or Mod Podge will give you a clear coating over your art and when that layer is dry, coat it again, and so on. The coatings of glue will protect your artwork and if you use a gloss-finish, it will have a nice shine to it, too.
I started making “Blessings Boxes” for the Christmas gifts I would give to my children’s teachers. I would reuse an old shoe box, and cover the entire outside of it with cut out pictures from magazines. The main objective was to cover up the shoe brand on the outside of the box with the pictures and words.
The idea behind the “Blessings Boxes” was that throughout the year, when there was a blessing in their life, maybe a ticket stub to a baseball game or a movie shared with a friend, birthday cards, get well cards, etc. they were to place these blessings into the box. The best part is that, during that year, when they had a day where they would feel blue or needed a smile, they knew they could always open their “Blessings Box” to be reminded of the beautiful things that have happened in their life.
These gifts were the talk of the elementary school the first year I made them and I will say that at the very beginning of every year after, my children’s teachers would let me know how beautiful they thought my creations were and (wink, wink) they wouldn’t mind getting one for themselves!
The best part is that I never spent extra money making one of those gifts! It was a success all due to being recycled materials.