Upcycled Accessories

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Upcycling is taking something we normally recycle and transforming it into something more valuable. We create too much waste, and upcycling is a fun way to reduce the amount of garbage we generate.

Here are some fast facts from Roadrunner:

  • The amount of clothing Americans throw away each year has doubled in the last 20 years, from 7 million to 14 million tons

  • In 2018, 17 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills.

  • It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt.

  • Textiles can take up to 200+ years to decompose in landfills.

  • 84 percent of clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators. 

  • In New York City alone, more than 400 million pounds of clothes are wasted each year! 

Let's stop this needless waste! Find a t-shirt that you or someone in your family doesn't wear anymore, and turn it into something you will joyfully use. 

Activity Instructions

for Observers (Pre-K through 2nd Grade) and Explorers (3rd Grade through 5th Grade)

Click on the images to download instructions from our dear friends at Curious Jane

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Turn It In

Post a picture of your completed project to Padlet!

If you haven't printed the bingo board page, please print it now. Cross off this activity square, since you've completed it.


You'll bring your bingo board print-out to the PS29 garden on  Sunday, May 23 between 2-4pm to collect your prize. If you're not in Brooklyn, email us and we will send you your prize.