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Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Tomorrow is Earth Day, and to start off the celebration, I'd like to introduce you to a middle-school teacher who takes the term "reuse" to artistic heights! His name is Brian Marshall and he uses metal parts such as screws and funnels, combines them with old cameras, pencil sharpeners, forks, and other found objects to construct creatures he calls "Adoptabots." Not only is Marshall making art, he has also created a source of income since he sells his objects on Etsy for a nice piece of change.

Marshall's bots also include practical designs such as lamps and clocks. He has photos of his creations on a Flickr photostream. Check it out!

Get together with your kids next week during spring vacation and discuss a few ideas about reusing and recycling that are found in these books from our collection:

Baird, Lori. Don't Throw It Out: [Recycle, Renew, and Reuse To Make Things Last]. [628.4458 BAI]

Barraclough, Sue. Reusing Things. [J 363.72 BAR]

Boyd, Heidi. Craftcycle: 100+ Eco-Friendly Projects and Ideas For Everyday Living. [745.5 BOY]

Pierce, Kerry. The Used Lumber Project Book. [684.08 PIE]

Sirrine, Carol. Cool Crafts With Old CDs: Green Projects For Resourceful Kids. [J 745.584 SIR]

Smith, Heather. Awesome Things To Make With Recycled Stuff. [J 745.5 SMI]

Wasinger, Susan. Eco-Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle. [745.5 WAS]


  1. Anonymous4:32 PM

    Thanks for featuring me! Brian

  2. You're welcome! I would have liked to use one of your flickr photos, but the ones I looked at were labeled "all rights reserved." If I were on the ball, I would have written the post ahead of time and tried to contact you for permission to use a photo, but, alas, I'm not always on the ball. ;-)