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American High Re:Use Team Update

Weaving Trivets from Discarded T-shirtsWeaving Trivets from Discarded T-shirtsOn Friday afternoons, for sale American High’s Re:Use team meets in science teacher Candy Sykes room. The team quickly sets to work making jewelry, drug weaving rugs and experimenting with new ways to turn trash into saleable objects to help raise funds for science classes on campus. The room has a happy buzz of quiet, unhealthy engaged conversation as hands busily work to create new stuff out of old materials.

One popular activity is the transformation of spent gift cards into earrings using a die cut set and other simple tools. Recently students began experimenting with using colorful HDPE plastics from shampoo bottles, laundry detergents and other household products to add more color and variety to the jewelry.

At the weaving station, students cut t-shirts into long strips and hang them on a color-coded rack. Others use these strips on custom-made looms to weave small rugs, pot-holders and trivets.

Materials created by the Re:Use team will be sold at EarthDay events, campus fundraisers, and at the 2014 Maker Faire where students will also lead workshops in creative reuse for the Faire’s 100,000+ attendees.