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If your cardboard recycling is piling up and you have an abundance of empty cereal and other food boxes you want to put it to good use, here is a fun and sustainable activity you could try during your time in lockdown with your family. These also make great birthday and Christmas gifts for family and friends. Also, another timely reminder that Father’s Day is just around the corner too.
· A cereal box (any flat recycled box will do)
· Several bits of variously coloured wool or string
· Plate or round object to use as a template
· Hole punch
1. Trace around your plate or chosen round object onto the cereal box.
2. Cut out the circle.
3. Using a ruler and pencil, create a wagon wheel pattern on the cardboard circle (see photo 3). Draw a circle 15 mm or a 1.5 cm from the edge of the cardboard circle. Also draw a small circle in the centre of the cardboard circle.
4. Using a craft knife and ruler, cut slits along the spokes of your wagon wheel. Some of our younger viewers MAY need a help and support with this step. When cutting your slits, do NOT pass the lines created by the drawn edge and inner circles.
5. Make a “wool needle” by cutting out a little cereal box rectangle, rounding off one of the short ends and punching a hole into the other short end. Tie your first bit of wool into your “wool needle”. The bits of wool don’t have to be very long; half a metre to a metre will do nicely, but you can make them as long or as short as you like.
6. With the tail end of your wool behind your work begin weaving the wool into your circle, in and out, in and out. The wool needle helps make this go quite smoothly for little fingers. Go around as many times as you wish with your first colour. When you’ve gone around as many times as you like, secure the start and end of the wool with a knot in back.
7. Continuing with the next colour, weave in and out as before, this time going over and under the opposite spokes as you would if you were weaving a basket. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you’ve filled your circle.
8. Create a perforated line at the edge of your circle using your hole punch.
9. Stitch a piece of wool into the perforations to finish off the piece, using the ends as a hanger.
There are many ecological and economic benefits to recycling and reusing cardboard. These include:
· Reduce Landfill
One of the most significant benefits of recycling cardboard is that it reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill. Landfill sites are notoriously harmful to the local environment through air and water pollution, so by recycling more cardboard, less ends up in landfill which thus lessens the damaging effects.
· Reduce Greenhouse Gases
By reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill, the amount of greenhouse gases emitted is also reduced. If cardboard was to be sent to landfill, it would release methane (a greenhouse gas) as the material is broken down, which can have a powerful and detrimental impact on the earth’s climate. However, by instead recycling cardboard, the amount of greenhouse gasses released into the environment is heavily reduced.
· Save Energy
Recycling cardboard saves a considerable amount of energy. Virgin materials require higher levels of energy to process because more work is needed to produce them – however, a lot of this energy can be saved by recycling existing cardboard.
· Save Trees
Another reason it is important to recycle cardboard waste to produce new cardboard is because it saves a lot of trees. As a result, this helps to prevent deforestation and protect the forests and the wildlife that lives in them. It is also beneficial to oxygen levels and healthy ecosystems.
· Wide Range of Uses
Recycled cardboard can be used for many different purposes, such as cereal boxes, paper towels, tissues, and paperboard.
“We can't achieve zero waste without reuse.” ― MaryEllen Etienne