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Junk is everywhere. Old tires, old bags, clothes that no longer fit or have any shape to speak of, chairs with broken legs. We often shove stuff like this into the back of the closet or the garage because “we’ll fix it this weekend.” Or whenever we find the time–maybe next month. Or, you know, never. More often than not, old stuff just sits around collecting dust.
But a growing number of entrepreneurs are turning yesterday’s waste into useful objects, and creating themselves rewarding environmental jobs in the process.
Take BasilicusJones on Etsy.com, for example. BasilicusJones took some old forks, twisted them around, bent the tines and created unique place-card holders.
Splaff has created environmental jobs by taking used race car tires, bike tires and hemp, and turning them into sandals, belts, bags and other items you might look for in a boutique store. Their products are super-green, made without animal-based glues and chemicals.
As for that broken-legged chair in the garage, Dishfunctional Designs has a few ideas for reincarnating it as something new, innovative, and worthy of resale. This blog is a gathering place for refurbished art that’s born again in new, unexpectedly useful ways. Laura, who runs the blog, snaps pictures of creative upcycled items, and collects images from companies like Facelift Furniture and , which have created environmental jobs and opportunities out of old stuff they found lying around.
Could you forge environmental jobs for yourself–and maybe others–in a down economy? Try seeing resources all around you, thinking outside the box, working hard and getting creative. If you’re unique and useful enough, you might be surprised what people are willing to shell out some dough for.
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