Monday, January 18, 2010

Eco-Art: Check out these Recycling Artists

Here are just a few artists that have turned recycled and reused products that would normally end up in landfills into creative works of art.

British artist Jane Perkins began creating broaches from similar bits and pieces that would normally go unused. Since 2008, she's expanded her recycling technique to make portraits using buttons, toys, plastic forks--or nearly anything else she can get her hands on. Read about & see more of her work at

Discarded radiator copper was used by Emma Whiteside of New Zealand, to create this 18th century "Queen Adelaide" gown featured at  Whiteside spent more than 200 hours sewing together rosettes of the discarded copper.

Check out the recycled futuristic art objects from Clever 3-D sculptures are created, using old computer parts and miscellaneous electronic components.

Looking for more? Check out - there are more than 100,000 handmade art and craft items listed for sale that use recycled materials like paper, plastic and glass. 

Saturday, January 2, 2010

E-Waste Recycling: Upcoming Events in Southern California

As you probably already know, electronic devices (everything from old laptops and monitors, to stereo systems and TVs) can not and should not be dumped in the local landfill.  There are several sites around Southern California that allow for dropoff of e-waste, but usually there's a charge.  Here are a few links for free and easy dropoff events coming up around Southern California.  Mark your calendar and gather up your electronic waste items!

San Diego Area (4 different dates/events in the San Diego area in January/February 2010)
Saturday, January 8 & 9, 2010
Orange County - Goldenwest College, Huntington Beach, Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 9am-3pm
Orange County - Garden Grove High School, January 16, 2010
Covina (LA County) Masonic Homes of California Fundraiser, January 23, 2010
North Hollywood  - January 17, 2010 Fundraiser event

* For business or schools with 5 or more e-waste items, contact for free pickup in L.A. and Orange counties.