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Don't Just Recycle, Upcycle

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In our last blog post, we talked about how some direct marketers are practicing greener mailing methods. As a recap, some marketers are using recycled paper, or water-based, eco-friendly inks. There are other methods too, such as encouraging recipients to recycle the mailings when they are done with them. Even though 94% of Americans claim they support recycling, 75% of U.S. waste could have (should have) been recycled.

Today, we’d like to look into an even more personal approach to recycling.

We’re talking masks.

With the CDC relaxing mask guidelines, we are left with the question of what do we do with our masks?

If you’re anything like us, you probably have a dozen-or-so cute masks that you purchased. It seems silly to throw them out, but what other use could they have?

We have a few ideas:

Remember how our pets didn’t wear masks during this pandemic? They can now! Turn your mask into a bonnet for dog, cat, or bunny! Smaller pets, like rodents, may appreciate lounging in their very own hammock — simply suspend the mask across a convenient corner and hang it by the ear loops.

Masks can also be used as little bags, possibly to carry make-up, or a pair of earrings to give as a gift. Just tie the ear loops into a knot, tie a ribbon around them, and viola! A tiny gift bag to give to friends and family.

If you’re feeling crafty, get out your sewing needle and some thread because there are ways to bring multiple masks together for a new purpose. You’ve heard of t-shirt quilts made from an array of t-shirts, get ready for a mask quilt! A patchwork quilt could be a great use of your entire family’s mask collection! Or you could make some beanbags to play cornhole with this summer. A beanbag can be made by sewing two masks together and placing beads inside.

As you can see, there is a whole lot of stuff to do with your no longer needed masks. We’d like to encourage you to find alternatives to throwing them away. However, if you are tossing your masks in the trash, please remember to cut the ear loops so that they don’t endanger wildlife.

Whatever you choose to do with the mask collection you’ve built up, save a couple just in case.

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that you can never be too prepared.

And the only thing we can count on is change.

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