Upcycling Is The New Black

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Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference
— Kevin Heath
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Today’s Random Act of Kindness is a twofer: one part kindness act, one part upcycle opportunity.  I love when Earth Day rolls around because there are tons of great articles and blogs with tips and creative suggestions on how to recycle/upcycle/reuse, etc.  Upcycle is definitely the new buzz term. It's the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products for better environmental value.

My husband and I try and do our part daily to reduce our carbon footprint. For example, we recycle all glass and paper products, we bring our lunch in reusable containers, and we try to minimize our driving and only use the car with the best fuel efficiency on the weekends.  If you want to find out what your carbon footprint is, here is a great website with a quick survey.

Recently,  I was inspired by Zaiden a.k.a.@treehouseohm on Instagram to start saving my glass bottles instead of recycling them. She uses her personal glass collection in the most creative ways by adding cool designs and inspirational messages.

There are only two products that we buy that come in glass jars:  spaghetti sauce and Sweet Leaf Tea.  Sidebar:  We love Sweet Leaf Tea. If you haven’t tried it, put it on your shopping list today.  My hubby’s favorite flavor is Citrus and I love the Original.  It’s so refreshing and not too sweet.

When you start to collect glass bottles, you realize how quickly they add up.  Which is what gave me an idea for today’s Random Act of Kindness.  Keeping up with the “People in Your Neighborhood” theme, I wanted to give some flowers to a couple of crossing guards that I see every day.  So I thought, why not reuse some of the Sweet Leaf Tea bottles?  They were actually the perfect bottle for this project because underneath the caps are these cute sayings from their mascot ‘Granny’ like “always look on the bright side of life” or “don’t count your chickens” so I decided to incorporate them somehow. 

Out of curiosity, I went to the Sweet Leaf Tea website to check it out and there is a section where you can ask Granny a question.  So I asked, ‘what's the meaning of life’ and her response was ‘don’t sweat the small stuff, no one likes a sweaty kid.” LOL!

What You’ll Need To Do Your Own Upcycled RAOK

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  • Sweet Leaf Tea bottle
  • Ribbon
  • Kindness Card
  • Hole Puncher
  • Goo Gone
  • Flowers
  • Tape

Step 1: Drink the Sweet Leaf Tea.  You’ll thank me later.  
Step 2:  Peel off the label.  For those tough to remove pieces, spray on Goo Gone and use some elbow grease.  Clean the bottle with soap and water.
Step 3: Cut the flowers to fit the bottle, leaving a little room for them to breathe.  Add water.
Step 4:  Punch a hole in the upper corner of a kindness card. Cut some ribbon and run the card through it.  Tie the ribbon around the opening of the bottle.
Step 5: Tape the cap to the front of the bottle.

This project is so easy and the recipient can reuse the bottle, so we are getting at least three uses out of it.  Very cool! This is definitely going to be my new strategy for when the Sweet Leaf Tea bottles overwhelm my cabinets.

The crossing guards were so surprised when I gave them the flowers.  Since their ‘office’ is a street corner, I thought it would be a cool way to decorate their space. And guess where I got the roses from? My buddies who sell them off the highway. They were still there at 9pm last night.  

Now it’s your turn.  This weekend, I want you to OM the moment for your soul by reusing some glass jars to do your own Upcycled RAOK.  Then come back to this blog and post your stories, comments and questions below. I can't wait to hear all of your creative ideas!

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