THE BEAUTY OF RECYCLING : COTOPAXI

Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live and I think this should be one of our main aims in life, not only for us, but also for our children and the generations to come.

Recycling protects the environment by conserving raw materials and protecting natural habitats for the future. It also saves energy and can save you money. Recycling just one plastic bottle will save enough energy to power a 60 watt light bulb for three hours! Yes, you read right, three whole hours! Is that amazing or what!
Cotopaxi : del-dia-I have recently come across an amazing company : Cotopaxi, an outdoor company that funds sustainable poverty alleviation, moves people to do good, and inspires adventure through innovative outdoor products and experiences.

The beauty of recycling
I love that their main focus is to alleviate global poverty by building sustainable solutions working with local communities.

They make some amazing bags (check them out here!) made fully completely from re-purposed fabrics. They are practical, handmade and since they are all made from scrap material, no two bags are alike!

Very inspirational stuff, isn’t it?
I am delighted and chuffed to say that these amazing people are offering Organising Chaos readers

 15% discount for their shop

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Check them out. You will get an amazing product made with love and care by people for people, communities and the environment.
The beauty of recycling - Cotopaxi
Last Sunday (November 15th) was AMERICA RECYCLE DAY. In Europe we have different recycling days (European Battery Recycling Day, European Week for Waste Reduction… ) but we should aim for everyday been Recycling day. Are you with me?

Chaotic Itzi

UP-CYCLING : A TIERED FRUIT BOWL

I love the saying ONE MAN’S RUBBISH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE. It is so true, we all have different styles, different visions and we are conditioned differently. We all view life and objects from different perspectives which makes the world a beautiful place full of diversity and change.

A few days ago I had to go to the recycling centre to bring some fairy lights that had died in active duty. While I was dropping the lights in the electrical bin, I found something that I knew I could use. To be honest, I don’t know what it was originally. It was in two parts, there were metal tubes and baskets and it was obviously something electric as it was in the electrical bin (I am very clever that way). I decided to take only one base and three baskets. This would be my new fruit bowl or bowls, technically.
Someone's rubbish...
I needed a new fruit bowl. A tiered one. After many years of just putting fruit in a bowl, I have learned that fruit needs to be organised. Citrus fruits should stay away from apples and they tend to get squashed. As for bananas, don’t start me on bananas. They need their own private island! And this just landed in my hands! I think this is destiny!!!

I returned to my car full of pride. I love free stuff and especially free stuff that I can up-cycle and personalise. This is definitely the case with this new find.

I decided to spray paint the base a soft blue colour and the rest old white.I had some left over spray paint from other projects which means that project is completely and utterly free. I love it.
Spray Painting the baskets
After spray painting the base, I decided that I wanted more colour. I bought these beautiful tissue serviettes a while back and I had a couple of them left after the holiday’s celebrations and I knew they would be perfect on the base of my new fruit bowl. Decoupage is a great a simple technique: some PVA glue (or Mod Podge), a brush and a lot of love.
Painting and decoupaging the base
Decopaging the base of my fruit bowl
I love my new fruit bowl. I love that it takes up little space, I love that I can separate my fruit and that my bananas will no longer ripen the rest of the fruit and I love, love, love that it was free.Up-cycled Tiered Fruit bowlBase of my fruit bowl
My new fruit bowl
I will be taking trips to the recycling centre more often looking for treasures.

Have a fab day.
Chaotic Itzi

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