Creative Challenge |A Creative Approach to the 5 Rs
DAY EIGHT of 2019 SLAMSEYS CREATIVE SUMMER CHALLENGE
Most of us today are aware of the huge problems of waste and try in our own way to follow the 5 Rs mantra of Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle.
Refuse: be thoughtful when we’re buying or taking free handouts. Do we really need it?
Reduce: resist impulse buying. Do I have a use for this single ball of fabulous looking wool or will it sit unused in the cupboard with twenty other fabulous balls?
Reuse: cut our consumption of disposable, single use items. Think more like your great granny did and reuse things.
Repurpose: find a practical use for things that have passed their initial use. What can we make from the scraps and leftovers or redundant objects?
Recycle: when we’ve tried everything else recycle. It can be a challenge but there’s lots of options.
One of the problems that can arise with being creative is that it can generate a lot of waste. Discarded paintings and prints that aren’t very good, handmade clothes that don’t fit properly, craft supplies bought in expectation but never used.
THE CHALLENGE IS:
To take a creative approach to the 5Rs
Here are some ideas if you need them:
Use small fabric scraps to make patchwork.
Make an art installation from waste.
See if you can make as many things as Celia from an old pair of jeans
Make a knitted rug from unravelled or stashed yarn.
Repurpose a book and use it as a scrapbook or make a pop-up paper cutting.
Sort through your supplies so you know exactly what you have and do something creative with (or pass on to someone else) the impulse buys of the past.
Do let us know what you’re creating in this year’s Challenge. Leave a comment below (with a link if you’re sharing online) or tag @Slamseys in Instagram.