Leather Creative Reuse

What can you make from that leather couch on the curb, your old leather jacket or even the leather labels on your jeans?

DIY Plastic Recycling

Designers around the world are building machines that allow people to DIY their plastic recycling.

Buttons Creative Reuse

Learn about the incredible ways artists work with buttons and get ideas for creatively reusing your own buttons.

Polystyrene Foam or Styrofoam

Polystyrene foam (more commonly called styrofoam) is notoriously difficult to recycle and awful for the environment, but you can avoid it and reuse it with creative thinking.

Insects and Creative Reuse Art

Creative reuse artists make insect sculptures from recycled materials, while others actually work with live insects to make art.

Lessons from 100 Podcasts

This is the 101st episode of the Trashmagination podcast, so I’ll take a moment to talk about what I have learned from making 100 podcast episodes on creative reuse.

Money – Coins and Bills

Artists cut, paint, stack, carve and weld coins, as well as fold and embroider paper bills to make art.

Weighted Blankets

Most weighted blankets get their heft by containing plastic or glass pellets but I made one with recycled denim blue jeans.

Mylar Balloons

Mylar balloons cause many power outages and seabird deaths – but you can make a difference by not buying them and creatively reusing old ones.

Plastic Toys Creative Reuse

Get ideas for ways you can divert plastic toys from landfill – either to more children, to artists or to be made into plastic furniture.

Furniture Upcycling

When you see furniture curbside, do you wish you knew a way to bring it back to life?

My Good List

A thing, a habit, a work of art and a philosophy – these are the four items that Tsh Oxenreider asks guests to describe on her podcast Simple. So what are my answers?

Bras Creative Reuse

Whether your bras are gently-used or well-worn, get tips on places you can donate or art you can make.

Sayaka Ganz, Plasticware Artist

Sayaka Ganz makes giant wildlife sculptures from plastic spatulas, hangers, toys and lots of other plastic items, and she’s one of my top 5 favorite creative reuse artists in the world.