Earth Day is just around the corner, and we all share the responsibility of protecting the environment so we can pass down a habitable home for the generations to come. As scrapbookers, it’s no secret that we go through a lot of materials. Whether it’s paper scraps, used-up sticker sheets or even the back of Foam Squares, an afternoon of scrapbooking can have our craft tables looking like the start of a landfill (but a very beautiful one!). This is why it’s important that we all make a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint. Read on to learn which CM products are recyclable so you can practice eco-friendly scrapbooking!
Recyclable Scrapbook Supplies
Did you know that all of CM’s paper products are recyclable? It’s true! Everything from our designer paper packs and cardstock to our mat packs and refill pages are 100% safe to throw in a recycling bin!
Tape Runners are made of plastic, therefore recyclable. However, the liner of the Tape Runner (the clear strip that is leftover once you use up all the adhesive) is not. So, in order to properly recycle your Tape Runner, you should remove the clear liner from the Tape Runner Refill. This is the best way to make sure that the Tape Runner that you are disposing of is in fact 100% safe to recycle.
As you know, CM packs our boxes with air pillow packaging to make sure that your product stays protected and remains in pristine condition all the way from our warehouse to your home. However, once you have opened your container, the air pillows have finished their job — that is, unless you’re creative and eco-friendly!
These air pillows are recyclable so you can dispose of them that way if you want. But, many have found that if you slit one end of the pillow open, they work great as mini garbage bags (which we all know scrapbookers could always use more of). They can also be repurposed into shopping bags, protection wrapping for ornaments/seasonal items or you can even use them to ship your own items!
You can also recycle any of our shipping containers, from the cardboard box your products arrive in to any cardboard box that you get from a specific product such as a trimmer, Tape Runner, border maker cartridge or a punch. But you can also find some other uses for them! Some people head to their local resident Facebook page and find that there are always people looking for boxes for moving, selling items online or just packing stuff away. You could also donate these boxes to a local troop support group so they can use them to send care packages overseas. Find more ideas for how to put your shipping containers to use by reading this article!
Donate Scrapbook Supplies
Want to be environmentally conscious and charitable at the same time? Why not donate your unused scrapbook supplies? If you have old or unused papers, punches and tools, there are plenty of places that would be thrilled to take them. Any of the following places would likely be willing to take any supplies or materials off your hands:
- Foster Home Organizations
- Community Centers
- Battered Women Shelters
- After-School Programs
- Children’s Hospital
Donating scrapbook supplies ensures that someone is getting use out of something that you no longer need. Why not bring a smile to someone’s face while you help to save the planet?
So in conclusion, there are so many different ways that we can all practice green scrapbooking – for Earth Day and every day! No matter how you do it, any effort that you make to be more environmentally conscious is helpful in the long run. Remember — we’re all in this together. What other ideas do you have to reduce, reuse and recycle your scrapbooking supplies? Let us know in the comments below!