This week we find out more about an amazingly innovative project utilising newspapers to create one off wrapping paper designs that are stunning, elegant and totally eco!
Interview with Nicola Goldie - creator of N2N:
What inspired you, and how did this project come about?
âI've always enjoyed screen printing, but this project really grew as my eyes were opened to the need to bring sustainable living into people's everyday lives. A few years ago my sister-in-law introduced me to a wonderful group called âReverse Garbageâ. (http://www.reversegarbage.com.au) And I remember the first time I visited them in Woolloongabba. I was inspired! They collect clean industrial discards from businesses and sell them for people to reuse. Anything from leftover leather and plastic... to mannequins and frame offcuts!
Then rolled around the âsilly seasonâ and I found myself at the shops ready to buy wrapping paper. Suddenly it hit me! Wrapping paper is incredibly wasteful, and usually the glossy paper is difficult to recycle, and generally used only once, then discarded! I made a decision that I would print my own wrapping paper that year, BUT would use old newspaper rather than brand new paper. Everyone commented when receiving their gifts, and most of them âsavedâ their paper because they loved it so much! I even saw some of my paper recycled again into friends' scrap booking projects. I felt triumphant!
Not only had I recycled old paper into something new and beautiful, but that paper held such a mesmerising beauty, that it got used over and over again.â
What is crowd funding and why did you choose it?
âCrowdfunding is a great platform for people from all works of life to get a little âkickstartâ to businesses, pursuits, anything really. I thought by putting my project on www.pozible.com I would not only gain publicity for the project through the many visitors, but also get support for the expansion of the project.
I offer rewards for those who pledge different amounts, and the money will fund the infrastructure needed to create larger new design screens that are used in the production of the paper.â
Where do you see this project going in the future?
âI really see this project being something the community can get involved with. Screen printing can be very rewarding, and I would love to run regular workshops with youth and even perhaps use marginalised employment to help people gain skills or just feel the satisfaction of recycling!â
If you'd like to pledge towards Nicola's project go to www.pozible.com/newspaper2newpaper
If you live in Brisbane, there are extra special rewards! Like Screen printing classes!
With Christmas just around the corner what could be a better thing to do or a better business to put your support behind, than this one?
You can contact Nicola Goldie here to find out more about this amazing and innovation project.
Love and newspapers,
The Eco Mum xo
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