Sunday, July 7th, 2013

“Recycling Makeover” Videos Show How to Recycle More Plastics in the Home — Think Beyond the Kitchen

TV personality and designer Taniya Nayak’s new video shows how to recycle more plastics in the home.

TV personality and designer Taniya Nayak’s new video shows how to recycle more plastics in the home.

The folks at the Plastics Make it Possible website have teamed up with popular designer and TV personality Taniya Nayak to produce a new series of videos that show how to recycle more plastics in the home and design with recycled plastic products.

The videos work from a unique premise: If a person is interested in recycling plastics, the starting point almost always is the kitchen, which is logical, but plastics recycling shouldn’t end there. In the “Recycling Makeover” video series, Nayak does a makeover on a Southern California home, in the process showing how easy it is to incorporate more plastics recycling into our daily lives, and to use more products made with recycled plastics to create a “greener” and brighter living space.

I recycle everything I can, especially plastics, but I have to admit that “Recycling Makeover” just made me aware that I focus almost totally on kitchen items. I doubt that I’m alone, but thanks to this video wakeup call, I’m broadening my recycling scope. And Plastics Make it Possible, which is sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), is providing added incentive to look around the rest of the house.

The new Recycling Makeover video shows this Adirondack chair made from recycled milk jugs.

The new Recycling Makeover video shows this Adirondack chair made from recycled milk jugs.

People viewing the videos can enter to win one of three $250 gift cards, and one grand prizewinner will receive a $500 gift card combined with an online design consultation with Nayak. She will offer the winner personalized advice on environmentally friendly design, a task for which she is well suited thanks to considerable experience and training.

Currently, Nayak is probably best known for her work on HGTV’s Designed to Sell and House Hunters on Vacation shows, and on the Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible, but her first TV appearance was as one of four talented young designers who hosted ABC Family’s Knock First, a show that encouraged homeowners to be imaginative with items they already owned. She holds a masters degree in interior design from Boston Architectural College.

Nayak’s guest blog on the Plastics Make it Possible reveals she is taking a similar approach in the “Recycling Makeover” videos, showing viewers how they can collect more recyclable plastics throughout their homes. As she says, “For me as a designer the best part is that the plastics we recycle can live a second life as a variety of amazing furniture and decorative accents for every room of the home. In the Recycling Makeover video series, we demonstrate how these stylish, high-quality pieces can transform the look of a room while helping the planet.”

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