We Can Make Money from Scrap/Recyclable Materials.

Why do We Need to Use Scrap Materials.

Scrap materials are found abundantly in the environment, they're present in the forms of paper, bottles, cans, plastic, etc. They can turn into polluting things if people don't show their concern in treating them properly or making them into something useful. There are three basic actions people can do in treating scraps : Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse.

Recycle means that we change scrap things into something useful and new which are different from their original materials.

Reduce means that we  reduce/decrease pollutants being dumped into environment.

Reuse means we utilize used materials for other uses/purposes.

In accordance with environment protection, crafting activities using scrap materials can meet those three principles.


Here are dolls and other creations made of rags
Here are dolls and other creations made of rags

Can They Give Economic Returns ?

There are many creative people in the world who make a living from making and selling handy crafts.

Handy crafts production have become a world wide business that million of people in my country depend their incomes from this industry, either for local as well as for international markets.

The question is : Do handy crafts made of scrap materials have economic values ? I believe the the answer is Yes. What makes me think so ? What some artists and entrepreneurs do can be  good examples. In Bali island craftsmen make lamp shades for export using dumped palm sheaths as part of its decoration.

People in Bekasi, a city where I live,  make various dolls out of crap fabrics and they sell well in their market shares.

Hundred of people at Pasar Baru, a market in Bandung, sell colorful floor mats which are originally made of neglected rags.

Plastic Waste.

Plastic waste is considered the most troublesome pollutant in my country. It can be found in every corner in the city and chokes  sewerage and rivers on rainy days. Some methods have been implemented in the efforts of reducing plastics in environment including using them as landfill.

Another positive way in decreasing problems caused by plastic is reusing plastic packages for other benefits. This action has been socialized and developed in my country so that people can make different kinds of products made of used plastic packages and use this productivity as their source of income.

Some creative people have become inspiration for others due to their creation of various accessories like bags, laptop bag, purses, etc which are made out of used plastic packages.

One of them is Kasmi, a 51-year-old mother who runs a business in producing plastic accessories out of scrap plastics which are originally from packages of consumer goods like candy bags, softener liquid and coffee pouches, detergent sacks, etc. Her business yields income for her and her workers as much that we've never imagined before. As an illustration, from the products they export to Singapore and Dubai they make an enticing turnover up to 30 million rupiah (or around 3,200 US$) a month, not to mention the values from  exports to other countries (Journey of Ester).

Plastic waste is collected and washed prior to next treatments in plastic- based crafts making. (image: another product resulted from plastic waste(Image: ester-journey.blogspot.com).
Plastic waste is collected and washed prior to next treatments in plastic- based crafts making. (image: another product resulted from plastic waste(Image: ester-journey.blogspot.com).
A home industry of making various plastic accessories has supported the family income.
A home industry of making various plastic accessories has supported the family income.
Don't look down the economic potential, recycled plastic bags have become attractive business (image: Kasmi 51-Journey of Ester).
Don't look down the economic potential, recycled plastic bags have become attractive business (image: Kasmi 51-Journey of Ester).
Did you expect that this laptop bag is also made of plastics saved from thrash can ? (Picture : ester-journey.blogspot.com)
Did you expect that this laptop bag is also made of plastics saved from thrash can ? (Picture : ester-journey.blogspot.com)
Other products resulted from plastic waste(Image: ester-journey.blogspot.com).
Other products resulted from plastic waste(Image: ester-journey.blogspot.com).

What about the other Wastes ?

Besides plastic waste, other kins of wastes can also be sources of incomes. Creativity, artistic exploration, and talents to some extent, play very important role in utilizing organic and inorganic wastes as useful or valuable crafts.


Organic Wastes

People in Tasikmalaya (a city in West Java) for example, are known for their resourceful skills in making crafts from wasted organic materials like coconut shells, mango leaves, dried water lilies, not to mention bamboo. They have exported their products to many parts around the world. Water lilies get serious attention from the government since their presence in water reservoirs and rivers has caused serious problem in silting up the waters.

Another organic material which is popularly used in craft creations is paper. Paper offers wider opportunities in terms of its product  usage diversities and material availability. From used paper we collected at home we can recycle and make it into various creations like boxes, books, dolls. vases, tissue holders, photo frames, and many more. So, making good use of paper into economically feasible products is not necessarily in big scale.

Here are some steps of recycling paper :

Tools and materials needed :

Paper

White PVA glue

Two buckets, one of them has wide opening, wide enough for the framed sieve to enter.

Framed sieve/perforated fabrics, using stencil is better .


The Procedures :

1. Tear the paper into small pieces

2. Soak it in water for about 1-2 days in a bucket

3. Crumble the soaked paper using a blender to make smooth paper pulp.

4. Add coloring agents to the paper pulp

5. Mix it with some PVA glue

6. Add water in composition of 1(paper pulp) : 10 (water), stir thoroughly . Move it to the other bucket with wide opening.

7. Dip the framed sieve into the pulp, then in horizontal position, raise it slowly. Let the water inside the frame drops back into the bucket, and we'll have sieved, damp paper pulp inside the frame. Dry it.

8. After it's completely dried, then we can peel off the paper from the sieve. Now the recycled paper, the basic material for our craft, is ready for use.


A traditional house miniature made of recycled newspaper (Image: ester-journey.blogspot.com)
A traditional house miniature made of recycled newspaper (Image: ester-journey.blogspot.com)
Some creations made of used paper (Image: http://kreasitha.blogspot.com)
Some creations made of used paper (Image: http://kreasitha.blogspot.com)
Tissue boxes made of dried water lilies (Image:http://kreasitha.blogspot.com)
Tissue boxes made of dried water lilies (Image:http://kreasitha.blogspot.com)
Harso Susanto (Picture: Majalah Pengusaha, May 10, 2007).
Harso Susanto (Picture: Majalah Pengusaha, May 10, 2007).

A Success Story of Harso Susanto.

Harso Susanto runs a business producing household appliances and furniture which are made of recycled paper. His products, ranging from baskets, big boxes to various kinds of furniture like tables and chairs, have been sold in both local and overseas markets.

He made some research before he started his business regarding the strength , market demands and trends, and also how he could find materials for the glue and paints which are safe for children and of nontoxic. A lot of exporters are interested in his products since they see these products have uniqueness with few competitors in its market share and very environment friendly.

From this business Harso Susanto can earn millions rupiah and and also helps a lot of scavengers, make their livings. Thanks to those scevengers who collect scrap newspaper so that he can get continue supply of raw material, the scrap newspaper, for his business.

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Handy crafts made of coconut shells.
Handy crafts made of coconut shells.

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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

Inspiring hub. I used to do handicraft business.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you Pak, I think handicraft based on recycled materials is also attractive.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Congratulations to those using recycled material for crafting new and different items that can be useful or decorative! It is simply amazing and actually shameful what gets tossed out without any thought of what next happens to all of those items. We try and do our part in recycling and reusing as much as possible. Keep spreading the word! Good job!


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you PeggyW, yes I think every person needs to have concern on environment protection, at least on how we implement one of recycle, reduce, reuse on our own wastes.


jeff dean 6 years ago

what year is this article?


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Hi Jeff dean,

This hub is based on articles written in March 2009 and in 2007 (the story about Harso Susanto).


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Keep up the good work spreading the word about recycling!


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Greg Cremia 6 years ago from Outer Banks

Hopefully, in the future everything will be reused instead of thrown away. Great article.


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

You're right Greg, that's one significant way in saving the earth. Thank you for visiting.


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Johanna Smith 6 years ago from Fort Collins, CO

These are very interesting ideas fo going "green". Yeh!


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you for reading this hub, Johanna Smith.


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Leenie Pooh 6 years ago

Love to come across other crafters using recyclable materials. If you're readers have children that are bringing home craft projects they may want to check out my Hub on How To Display Children's Art Projects http://hubpages.com/hub/Display-Childrens-Art-Proj... I wrote it when I became tired of running to Michaels to buy items for more crafts projects and decided instead to make use of what we had around the house.


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amynah322 6 years ago from pittsburgh

This is an awesome page and very inspiring thanks


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

Yes! The recycled handbags and accessories are so popular in the USA. They sell it for a pretty steep price. It is good to go green. I guess I should start thinking about making my own stuffs, LOL. Thanks for sharing.


ricklyn metillo 6 years ago

i like it....can you have other samples......


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

A truly inspiring hub, dear friend!

I enjoyed it very much! A pleasure to follow you!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards an infinite blessings,

Al


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boxxies 6 years ago

I really enjoyed reading about all the interesting things that can be made from recyclable.

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trimar7 6 years ago from New York

I really enjoyed this article. I love seeing the creative things that people come up with to reduce, reuse and recycle. Thank you for sharing.


craft show listings 6 years ago

It's really a good idea to make use of the recyclable materials in making stuffs/handicrafts. I was definitely impressed by this idea since we can gain money through this scrap in which we used in making new products. Thank you for sharing this blog. This is so interesting.


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blabak 6 years ago

wish more of the people in my place learn to recycle stuffs and turn it to art... that would be awesome.. spread the recycle topic around.. go green yeah.... thx for sharing...


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BetteMachete 6 years ago

I love this article, and I will be adding a link to it on my page about DIY recyclable buiding materials. You have put this together very well and the pictures illustrate it well.


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Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

Love this hub!!! This subject is near and dear to me. I'm really big on recycling/reusing stuff.. especially for things like craft projects and home décor. I love running across others that have this in common. I have a blog about this as well..http://euphoriccrafting.blogspot.com/ if anyone is interested in some ideas about this please have a look.

Thank you for sharing this info! Great Hub!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Going to tweet this article so that it hopefully gets more attention. It is so important to recycle and reuse things as much as possible to keep them out of landfills or polluting our oceans and waterways.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

Thank you very much Peggy W. We try to get everybody's attention to be more concerned in environment protection from the practical and beneficial sides.


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Song-Bird 5 years ago from Michigan

These are some super great examples! I try to use recyclable items in my craft projects as well. I've used old license plates, bottle caps, pop cans, old sweaters and shoe boxes so far. Thanks for the great hub!


balers 5 years ago

You can make a livelihood project with waste materials like paper and plastic, like these good examples. You will not only help the environment, you will also help people too!


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia Author

@Song-Bird: Thank you for your visit and sharing information in recycle. I'll check your hubs out to get more information on in.

@Balers : I absolutely agree. Thank you for your encouraging comments.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

I loved this! I hate waste and love to hear about people doing creative things with what would otherwise be waste. Great hub!


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jackavc 4 years ago from Australia

Very good hub to read. I hope it encourages more to recycle and reuse more often. I think more western countries need to learn the art of recycling.


Noor 4 years ago

Amazing ????u r just doing wonderful thg ,,,,, Gud luck ,,, plz cont.... This


ABDUL RAHEEM KHAN 4 years ago

absolutely amazing very very ...........nice make it best........... god bless u..............


ricklyn metillo 4 years ago

yes i love arts

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