April 6, 2009

Get Creative in the Office: Reuse and Recycle

As a struggling artist, I have held various temporary office assignments and one thing they all had in common was a tremendous amount of waste. There was so much paper accumulating and being improperly disposed of. Office supplies were reordered even when the shelves were fully stocked. It was impossible to keep up with the amount of paper piling up, but I thought of several ways to do my part and reuse what I could. Here's one thing I did:

We had stacks of interoffice envelopes, which in theory are great because you can keep using them over and over again until all the lines are filled up. I actually liked the patterns that months of different people's signatures and marker cross-outs created, so I hoarded used up inter-office envelopes and created notebooks! It is such a simple concept. I needed notebooks to take notes for my various assignments (and doodles!) and rather than use brand new pads of paper, I made my own.

Simply get a box or tray to store your used paper that has at least one blank side. Once you have a considerable amount to make a notebook, cut your interoffice envelope to the size of your stack of paper. To secure the notebook, I used a 2-hole punch and steel fasteners, which my office had loads of. But you can easily use staples, brads, or even slip rubber bands through the hole punches. And here is the finished product:






Feel free to add any creative recycling solutions you've come up with in the office place!

Molly Shoelace
mshoelace.etsy.com




9 comments:

waisze said...

wow would never have thought of this, very good idea!

KimmChi said...

love this! I use my old desk calendar - the ones with a sheet for everyday, turn them over and make note pads, makes me feel better about something at least having two purposes.

W. Lotus said...

That is an amazing idea! I like the look of the cover.

Harlem Purl said...

Great way to repurpose paper. We use A LOT of paper in my office and I'm always trying to save some as scraps even though my co-workers look at me like I'm crazy when I do this. Thanks for the idea.

persuede said...

what a great idea...

Paperelle said...

What a great idea to use the interoffice envelope as a cover!

Cassidy | Dhara Holistics said...

That is very cool! I always sort of liked them too, but definitely wouldn't have dreamed up a way to use them like this... :)

Sean said...

you rule, miss mollies!

jessxcessories said...

This is an awesome idea! I would not have ever thought of doing this. I'm going to link my recycling article to yours. I'm an artist that recycles clothing into handbags. I was scanning the internet for other artist who use there talents to recycle.