Recycling World - Riverside Beads

Recycling World

Hello Beautiful Beaders,

I don’t know about you but last week’s youth climate strike really hit a chord with me. Like many of you I try to be as environmentally friendly as I can. It’s not too late for us to reverse some of the effects our generation have impacted on this beautiful world.

The strike on the 20th of September got me thinking about what the world can do to improve our ecological footprint. Riverside Beads and Crafts actually does quite a lot already; I’d like to share our top ten eco-warrior ways with you. Maybe then you can share your top tips on how to make some positive changes too?
1. Waste Not Want Not
We try to re-use most packaging materials that we receive deliveries in. This includes bubble wrap, cardboard boxes and plastic bags.
2. Recycled World
Anything that can’t be reused then gets recycled, even down to our crisp packets from lunch. Top Tip: if you bake foil crisp packets on a low heat in the oven they will shrink and harden. They make very cute brooches or necklace charms for kids. Check out this You Tube video on how to do it. I love this kid, he’s so cute and a junior crafter! 
3. Printing
We try to minimise our in-house printing and only print essential items, like out-going invoices and letters.
4. Charity Starts at the Craft Class
When we have our make and takes or workshop classes quite often there are half finished samples left over. Instead of throwing these away we finish them off and sell them to raise money for charities like Sue Ryder. We do the same with any old stock or unused crafting supplies. This saves them going to landfill and to waste.
5. Green Workshops
A recent eco-venture is to try to bring more environmentally friendly workshops to the Riverside Makery. Have you seen our new Bees Wax Wraps class? Or our Sewing Classes? Both promote the recycling of products rather than the purchasing of new.
The bag that I made!


Check out this photo of a bag I recently learnt to make on one of our classes. Plus my very first Bees Wax Wrap – I’ll never use a sandwich bag again!
My Bees Wax wrap
6. No Plastic is Fantastic
In a bid to lower our plastic use I’ve switched to bio-degradable bin bags for our wet waste (food, etc.). For dry waste we actually try to scoop that straight into the wheelie bins now. Why use a bin liner when you don’t need one? In my house I use smaller recycling bins to put a lot of my rubbish in. When full I just empty into the outside bin and use again. Simples!
7. At Your Convenience
The standard of recycled toilet roll these days is amazing. So that’s a no-brainer. It used to be like sandpaper but now it’s pretty darned good. I recommend Ecoleaf. You can find it by clicking here.

8. Johnny Walker
Being in a small market town means that we are lucky enough to be able to walk and cycle to work. That’s a big one for the environment. It’s saves us petrol, keeps us fit and reduces our emissions. We try to do this as much as we can and often we beat the cars!
9. Low energy? Only our light bulbs!
When I moved into the new shop I upgraded all the lighting to low energy LED lighting. This saves an enormous amount of electric. The outlay seems high when you’re paying £4 for a bulb but the saving is totally worth it. I also upgraded the old storage heaters to new energy efficient ones. It’s genuinely incredible how much energy is saved using these new devices.
10. Beautiful Bead and Button Box
This week in-store we are launching a new recycling promotion aimed at minimising crafting waste. We want you to drop off or post into us your left over buttons and Beads. They can be old or new, many or just a few. Vintage necklaces, Beads you’ve never used, boxes of spare buttons. We will take all of your unwanted treasures.
We Need Your Beads!
There will be a Beautiful Bead and Button Box by our till where the treasure will live. Then, when you make a purchase, you can choose a bag or box of booty to take home and turn into something new! If you don’t want to make a purchase then you can make a £2 donation and choose something. All proceeds will go to the Sue Ryder charity.
Beautiful Buttons!
We hope that this small promotion will get your creative juices flowing. Not only that but it saves things going to landfill. We’d love to see any pieces that you make with your recycling treasures. So make sure to send us some photos please!
There is a huge amount of plastic used in the crafting world, from the products to packaging. It is pretty prevalent, but if every person focus on recycling more then I believe that’s a good start to saving our precious planet. We really do have to lower our carbon footprint where possible and protect the environment for generations of Beaders to come.
Until next time….Happy Eco-Beading!
To see Donna on Create and Craft TV go to Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 23 Sky 683
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