Albert Camus was a French writer and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. As autumn is now in full-swing, his quote is able to capture the subtle beauty of the season by comparing fall leaves to spring flowers. We can find so much inspiration in the natural cycle of nature. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the changing colors this month by taking a walk around your neighborhood or in your favorite park!
Upcycling is a growing trend in DIY crafting that takes an item or material that is past its useful life and transforms it into a new creation, usually with a higher value. Upcycling is a good way to reduce waste by reclaiming objects or pieces of objects and turning them into a product that gives the parts renewed value. Here are a few fun projects that you can try yourself with everyday household items:
By taking pages from an old newspaper, magazine, or book, you can upcycle a regular old picture frame into a piece of art itself! If you still have any leftover paper, you can also create a beautiful bouquet of flowers that will never wilt.
Come the holiday season, Dolphin Blue gets crafty by upcycling scrap sheets of paper into beautiful and festive decorations to bring joy to all! All you need is a little glue, and you have yourself some holiday cheer.
Looking for a delicious way to display your jewelry? Try upcycling an old box of chocolates into a jewelry box for your pieces. This is a fun and easy project, as well as a great conversation piece!
If you want to find more ways to reduce the waste in your life, check out Dolphin Blue’s supply of recycled products of all kinds—made with fewer resources and less energy than their virgin counterparts. Make green waves in your life!
(This blog was written by Dolphin Blue’s amazing intern, Elisa Rivera.)
Feb. 14 may be a celebration swathed in red and pink, but you can add some green — figuratively, that is — to the big day of love with these three simple ideas:
Give a card that keeps on giving. Sure, roses are nice (and we’ve got some great options below), but seeds for a garden are a lot more sustainable. And when they come planted in a cute card with a sweet saying, that’s even better. Botanical Paperworks has adorable options, including the fruit-inspired “We Make a Perfect Pear” and “Orange You Glad We’re Together,” while Twisted Limb Paperworks offers 100 percent recycled cards with stitched envelopes. Or give a tree planting from Dolphin Blue and get a nice card to show your love the new habitat you got in their honor. After all, this is a day to show love — and that doesn’t just have to be for people but can also be for the planet.
Buy chocolates that really show you care. Chocolates are a staple when it comes to showing affection, and organic, fair-trade varieties are the only way to go. Why? You’ll avoid pesticides and the exploitation of farm workers. Plus, more than 40 percent of the world’s conventional chocolate comes from Côte d’Ivoire in Africa, where child slavery is a very real problem. Dr. Sue’s Chocolate is a dark, European-style chocolate enriched by all-natural fruits and local honey. Sweet Earth Chocolates offers everything from the classic red velvet heart-shaped box to a bag of mini chocolate hearts to a heart full of truffles, all 100 percent organic and fair trade (with vegan options as well).
Spend a romantic evening out as locavores. If you want to treat your partner to a special meal out, it doesn’t get better than going to a local restaurant, where the food is fresh and the taste heightened. Need help finding the perfect spot? Check out the directory at EatWellGuide.org, which will show you the restaurants in your area that are committed to serving sustainable and organic meals.
The whole concept sounds like our grade school experiments with avocado seeds and toothpicks and a glass of water . . . or a bit of slow-sleight of hand. What is seed paper? It’s just what it says – paper embedded with seeds. Put it in the ground and with luck and good weather you’ll have a small garden of annuals or wildflowers.