Bobby's Diary: Recycling & Upcycling

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Look! My mom, Yasuko, found this in a small village in Laos. Several plastic bottles containing yellow and red liquid are kept in a little wooden hut. What are they for?

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Let’s BEAR with Coffee Beans! (1)

Look at this table! You can see coffee beans in the center under the glass. Isn’t it a nice way to “promote” coffee in a coffee-producing country?

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Coconuts “bear” orchids?

What a wonderful idea to use coconut shells as planters! The coconuts complement the orchids “beary” well; they generate a “beary” natural and exotic atmosphere.

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Reincarnation of Old Tires?

Look! What is this? Yes, it is a tire. But it is not a whole tire. It is half a tire. My mom, who is working in Laos, found this in a village the other day. What is it used for in the village?

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May I start a gardening business?

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Look! When my mom attended an international seminar in Thailand last December, she found something interesting at the venue. One section of the venue was set up as a garden, where she found rubber gloves and boots used as planters.

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Employment Creation for Kenyan Women

Look at this bag! Isn’t it “beary” lovely? My mom says that when she goes out with this bag, almost all the people who see the bag ask her where she bought it. Guess where it is from.

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Be Empowered with Elephant Dung!

The other day, when my mom visited a paper-product showroom in Tokyo, she found some unique paper products. She was “beary” impressed by those products, and asked a shop clerk what they were made of. The shop clerk told my mom that they were all made of elephant dung. Ha? Elephant dung? Paper made from elephant dung? Can you believe that?

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Do I Look Stylish?

Look! I am wearing a blue shirt today. Do I look stylish? Look at my shirt carefully. What do you think is this made of? Did someone say, “Cotton?” Yes, it’s made of cotton. But that is not the only answer I expected. Look at my shirt more carefully.

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