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Upcycle: Plastic food container = artsy bracelet


#6 plastic is nasty, because it's Polystyrene (styrofoam). Most recycling programs won't accept it and it's potentially toxic! Find out more about the numbers you see on plastic products we use here.

If your supermarket IS really still using #6 containers to package food, you should complain. There are many other options available. And if you do find yourself with one of these horrible things in your hands, save it! Because you can make fused beads (think shrinky dinks)!  This great tutorial from Rust and Sunshine requires very little skill and calls for doodling with permanent markers. CLICK HERE for complete instructions.


12 comments on "Upcycle: Plastic food container = artsy bracelet"
  1. estan preciosos! saludos desde mexico!

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  2. I found your blog on Pinterest. Love the idea and can't wait to try it. I would like to invite you to share your blog, ideas, crafts, & art on recycle2art.com. I am in the process of converting the site to a social media platform that allows you to add blog and broadcast out to the social media site. the ning site is http://recycle2art.ning.com.

    I would also like to know if you mind if I re-pin a few of your images on Pinter.

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

    Tammy@recycle2art.com

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    1. Tammy ... first - thanks! Please note that this lovely thing was *not* my creation - I just featured it here and it took off. However, I would love to share ideas etc somewhere new (I just made a set of jewelry from old negatives that I'm giving away!). I'll take a look as soon as I can :)

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  3. I CANT wait to try this, went to the craft store today after work and baught all the goodies :D :D :D YAY!

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    1. Exciting! Please share your results here, on Facebook or over at Rust & Sunshine! We'd love to see.

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  4. Sorry, clicking your picture only takes us to a picture, not to the page where we can actually see how to do this...................???

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    1. Hi Laurie ... the tutorial is from "Rust and Sunshine" - it's in bold and linked under the picture. Click on the link to get to complete tutorial.

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  5. WOW!!! that is incredible, you are extremely talented!

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    1. Hi Kate ... would love to take your compliment but I didn't make this - just featured it. Please click through to Rust & Sunshine to see how it's done.

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  6. Saw this on pinterest, looks and seems like a great way to recycle plastic, other than #6 plastic is some of the most dangerous/carcinogenic plastic out there. It's bad to microwave you food in it because of the leaching of styrene. Why would you want to heat and essentially off gas that chemical into an oven where you cook your food???

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  7. it isn't #6 that tray shown is food grade #1 6 is like cd cases

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  8. Ah, anonymous above made sense! Thank you! I work in a bakery where we use such containers every single day, but had never seen #6 so I've been so disappointed. (the only #6 i have found were white yogurt containers in my recyclables...no good!) Hopefully i can FINALLY try this out!!!

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