Reusing and Re-purposing in Nicaragua

August 17, 2009

In general, Nicaraguans are quite practiced and creative when it comes to reusing and re-purposing old or worn-out items. Almost everything in Nicaragua gets repaired and repaired and repaired and then, when a repair won’t fix it, Nicaraguans look for a new use for the item. One of the most fun examples of re-purposing can be found in a Nicaraguan garden. Broken water buckets, flat tires, old soda bottles, damaged rubber boots can become planters for vegetables, herbs or flowers. (I’ve been collecting photos of some of these creative flower pots, once I return to the US, I´ll be able to upload more photos.)

I decided to share some of the activities from the Girl Scout Journey 2 (It’s Your Planet-Love It!) with Nicaraguan girls–after all, all efforts to protect our environment and reduce waste are connected around the world.

One of the activities we did was make beads out of old magazines. (This fits into the Junior level Journey 2: Get Moving!) We then made bracelets and necklaces with the beads.

Girls in Nicaragua making beads out of old magazines.

Girls in Nicaragua making beads out of old magazines.

Cutting old magazine into strips.

Cutting old magazines into strips.

Rolling the strip of paper into a bead.Nicaraguan children modeling their magazine jewelry.Rolling a strip of magazine into a bead.

Rolling a strip of magazine into a bead.

Showing off recycled jewelry!

Showing off recycled jewelry!

Zooming in on a bracelet.

Zooming in on a bracelet.

A Daisy-aged girl with her bracelet.

A Daisy-aged girl with her bracelet.

Another bracelet.

Another bracelet.

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3 Responses to “Reusing and Re-purposing in Nicaragua”

  1. Kendra said

    So cute!

  2. those bracelets are so cute. I think i will make one.!!!!!!!!!

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