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Garbage. YUCK!!! Most of us just try to get rid of it! Toss it in the incinerator, place huge bags of it out front for collection or, for some, throw it on the sidewalk.  But today, we are learning more and more about how important it is to reuse and “upcycle” items we would normally throw away!

Upcycling is the process of taking an item that would normally be thrown away, and reusing or transforming it into something of better quality or a higher value.  And, just to be clear, I don’t mean reusing or upcycling old molded food, puhleasssse throw that away!!  🙂

As you can probably imagine, Tristin and Tyler were a wee bit reluctant to touch garbage, let alone make a garbage craft (as your kids may be as well), but as soon as they saw all of the amazing items that Tiffany Threadgould of RePlayGround crafted from “stinky garbage”, they quickly jumped right into making a wallet out of a cereal box like it was the best thing EVA!!  Click here to check out Tristin and Tyler’s new episode where they work on their wallets and learn about upcycling!

Now, I won’t hide the fact that I am getting a little uncomfortable with the huge amount of plastic bottles, wrappers and cans crowding up my kitchen that Tristin and Tyler are saving for “amazing garbage projects” as they call them, but I haven’t freaked out (yet) because I know that they are just using what they’ve learned to express themselves, and isn’t that important? Especially since their goal is to help the environment.

What kinds of projects can you make out of reusable materials?  Take an hour and make an upcycled craft with your kids!  Why not? You can check out www.replayground.com for some amazing upcycling ideas!

Go for it!!  And please send me pictures of any cool projects, I will definitely post them!

“Garbage is not stinky, if you give it a little time” Tristin says so, Happy Upcycling!!
Tiffany

Tiffany Threadgould, Tyler and Tristin

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So, if you’re reading this you’ve probably seen “Tristin and Tyler’s Tales from the City!” a short-form series that follows twin brothers Tristin and Tyler around New York City as they learn new things, meet new people and generally enjoy their surroundings.  If you haven’t seen an episode yet, you’re in for such a treat! Hurry and visit click this link for the first episode Tristin and Tyler\’s Tales from the City [Episode 1]

I’ve decided to blog about producing the show, being a mom, a lawyer and a great wife! 🙂  I also wanted to use the show and this blog as a tool to give you great ways to bond with the kids you love in the City you love.   Each episode  shows kids that New York is a beautiful place filled with fun things to do.  Nope, no talking sponges or flying superheros here, but it’s a great place anyway and there is sooo much to learn!  I think the show entertains parents and kids at the same time, and I think we all need a little more time with our kiddies, don’t you!??

So, now that I am sure you’ve seen at least the first episode, you can understand the title of this blog entry!  So… why donate with a child?  I took Tristin and Tyler to donate their jeans to Wearable Collections (a really great organization doing their part to help the environment!) because it was such a great “green” thing to do!  Wearable Collections recycles all of the textiles they receive.

But, on a personal level, I wanted the boys to donate because although they were used to giving away their clothes to family members and friends, they had never given something up that would be recycled or reused by someone they didn’t know.  They loved that fact that just maybe,  someone would be wearing their jeans in another country, or just maybe, their jeans could  miraculously transform into something new like insulation for a home somewhere far, far away.  Most importantly, the boys realized how truly blessed they are to have so many pairs of jeans to give away and share with others who may be less fortunate.

Have you donated something with your child or someone younger than you?  Did it make an impression on them? If not, do it!! Donate something in New York, its green and supreme (ooh I rhymed!) and kids just love to be helpful in any way they can!

Go for it!

P.S. Sorry this entry is so long!  So much to say the first time out!  Thanks for reading! Tiffany

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