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BSTBG: Week 3 Project: Reuse

Reuse: Plastic Gift Cards

What do you do with the cards when your shopping sprees are over and the gift cards are empty?

Many people simply throw them into the trash, but that is a terrible idea! estimates that the number of new gift cards manufactured annually has the potential to "add 75 to 100 million pounds of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material to landfills" every year. It doesn't degrade naturally, and it can leach heavy metals and other pollutants into the ground. When it's burned, it can release poisonous toxins into the air. There must be a better way!

Luckily, there is. Empty gift cards can be upcycled into something you can continue to use rather than tossing out. This saves you money while keeping gift cards out of landfills and incinerators, protecting the environment.

There are dozens of cool uses for gift cards once they have been used up, here are just some: plectrum, plant labels, mini chalkboards, clips, jewellery, 3d modelling, mosaics, thread holders, the list goes on....have a go and let us know what you create


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