KASIE R MIEHLKE
A Mother's Love
StarThe wind blew through the shattered window frames. McKenzie held her breath as she listened for the scurrying of feet and held her necklace close. The wind died down and the night became deathly quiet. The last twenty months all led up to this moment. The main house was across the yard. She inched forward slowly making sure to avoid the rubbish strewn around the shed.
Passion for Untrashing
In a world where everything is disposable, one has to find new and creative ways to save the environment. 10 years ago, my dad and I started to upcycle glass and ceramic plates and bowls. We never thought it would grow into a newfound passion. Every year we add a new upcycled project. We currently make tire planters, solar flowers, lanterns, mushrooms, and solar chandeliers. The lanterns are made using light globes that are being thrown out do to one or more breaking and not being able to find matching replacements. We use old forgotten vases and bowls for the mushrooms. Tractor tires are the majority of what we use for the tire planters. Unless you set the tire on fire, it will just sit there in a landfill taking up space. Most of the materials we use are found at thrift stores or rummage sales. Over the past decade, we have kept thousands of non-biodegradable items from being tossed into landfills. The best part about this hobby isn’t the creative aspect, even though that is amazing, it is the knowledge that we are doing our part to help save the environment. As Richard Branson said, “There is no planet B. We have to take care of the one we have.”. If everyone does one thing to help decrease the amount of garbage that they throw away, we can help preserve the earth for future generations. Whether it is using reusable bags to carry groceries or switching back to actual kitchenware, every little bit will help. As a younger person, I am aware of the fact that the earth, while massive, is an infinite space that we are readily using up. By keeping these items out of the landfills and in people’s yards, we are breathing new life into old pieces that would have been tossed away.