Creativity Application with “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” Philosophy

“Reduce, reuse and recycle!” “Save trash, get cash!” Maybe these slogans sound familiar to you. Short sentences but conveying a very important message, a call for action of involvement and participation on our part so as to at least minimize the global problem of accumulating solid wastes but let’s honestly ask ourselves, do we listen to this call?

Think about it, if all people around the world would only heed the call and exert efforts in doing so, we can together save our natural environment from heading to distraction. Improper and excessive disposal of waste material creates threatening effect to the ecosystem, to this world where we live in but we are just giving cold shoulders.

Many people never mind of the serious effect of this global issue to the present and to the future generations. Just in case I would be the only one person left doing this, I’ll still reduce, reuse and recycle. I’ll turn these waste materials into something valuable and usable not just to express my creative longings but to help preserving the Mother Earth. I’ll show the world that there is something beautiful in those trash. We just need to look beyond what our physical eyes can see. We have to use our imagination and apply our creative power.

One day I was wiping a detached old cabinet drawer that my employers thrashed but I literally picked up from the garbage bin, and my seven years old granddaughter innocently uttered this question “ Mama, are you crazy?” Surprised, I responded with a question. “Why do you think your grandma is crazy?”  “ Because you’re always picking up trash and saving it.” I laughed, my granddaughter have that mindset because it is not a common scene here. There are no scavengers-junk-collectors in American Samoa. You can never see people with carts picking up and collecting trash and junks to sell, unlike in the Philippines. That apparently created an influence on how I perceive waste materials for I am used to seeing people picking up those stuffs because they can be sold for recycling purposes.

Well, I’ll let you see what I did with that detached old cabinet drawer. I needed additional shelf to put some bathroom stuffs,so here it is:

Left: An old detached cabinet drawer. I cleaned it, sandpapered and covered it with a self adhesive wallpaper with a wood-like design. Then I hanged it upside down on my bathroom wall (right side photo). Behold! I have additional space to hold my tissues.


It’s just a simple application and practice of creativity and I have saved this drawer from heading to the sanitary landfill, and from adding itself to the piles of trash and solid wastes.

Another kind of trash common here are boxes. I see many stores in the island just throwing out boxes. If they would only try to open their creative eyes, those boxes doesn’t need to belong to the rubbish but to the wall as a home decor. The picture below shows the boxes I rescued from becoming a rubbish and redirected it to its new and better fate. It’s simple and easy, you can do something like this or maybe better, just explore.


Please take note of the displayed swan in the hanging wall shelf. That swan was made from the office scratch papers. Let’s not waste papers, let’s think of the trees before throwing out a piece of paper.  I will feature more of the origami crafts in my future blogs and I’ll show you how I did it so as to save the papers and convert it into a beautiful home decoration.

In spiritual application, these trash represents us. Our creative hands represents the hands of God who alone can transform a purposeless life into a life that He can use for His glory through Jesus Christ. We are filthy like trash but God’s hands work to shape us into a beautiful vessel fitting for its Master’s use.

Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

Isaiah 64:6 “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

Titus 3:5 “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Enjoy creating, reducing, reusing and recycling!


Let me know your thoughts on this. I may learn something from you too.

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