I've been reducing and reusing and recycling for a very long time.
I made this cork mat in about 1996, after seeing one exactly the same at a friend's house. (1996 was before the days of the interweb and blogs and pinterest and instagram when we had to get ideas from - shock, horror - REAL LIFE (and books)! Can you imagine!)
Actually the whole project took a very long time. There was the collecting of the corks (don't worry, a lot of other friends and family members helped collect them; we didn't drink all that wine ourselves). Then I used a pokey tool (its technical name may be an awl?) to make holes in all the corks. And then I used a very big needle to string them all together.
It was so fiddly and longwinded and even a little bit painful for the old fingers, that I never made another one, although I'm sure everyone would have carried on collecting corks for me. Fortunately it has seen almost daily use since 1996 and still hasn't needn't replacing yet. Not bad for a load of old corks!
In fact it's become such a fixture of our daily life that we don't even notice it any more. But when the Wiltshire Waste Watchers came to supper in March, they oohed and aahhed at it and took photos. I hoped it didn't look as if I was deliberately showing it off! It's just always there.
Seeing my old mat through new eyes, I thought, "There's a blog post in there somewhere!"
And there was.
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