Save the Earth by Scrapping!

In honor of Earth Day, let’s talk about green scrapping!

Remember the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recyle? Most scrappers I meet practice at least 2 of the 3 r’s without even knowing or trying. Most of us reuse as much as possible and recycle those little bitty leftover scraps. Our biggest downfall is buying MORE of all the pretty supplies manufacturers produce to entice us. So let’s try to reduce! Why not put a moratorium on purchasing any more scrapbooking supplies and use up our own product stash? I know we all have enough. Sort, purge and donate scrapping supplies you don’t use to a local children’s club, school or scrapbook charity.
Support Green Manufacturers. It seems pretty obvious, but in an industry that uses so much paper prodcuts, it pays to go green. Here are a few that have made the effort –

Paper Trunk – uses recycled cardstock and vegetable based inks.

Scrap Naturally – this Canadian company makes 100% recylced paper

DCWV (Die Cuts With a View) introduced their Green Stack which uses 70% recylced paper.

K&Company launched a line called Remake which uses 100% recycled materials as well as featuring recycled packaging that is pretty enough to re-use.

Piggy Tales uses recycled paper and soy-based inks.

Cosmo Cricket, Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon and Scenic Route are also doing their part by doing things like becoming FSC or SFI certified, making their manufacturing plants and processes more green or offering their products in reusable packaging.

And to inspire us in the area of reusing, have a look at this great video by Leah Fung and her fellow scrappers as they show you their favorite ways to reuse and repurpose products. (I LOVE the wall calendar that Leah makes!!)

Happy Earth Day and Happy Green Scrapping!


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