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Weekly Discussion: Craft, Materials, and the Environment (oh my!)

Discussion in 'General Guiding' started by badgemad4, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. quietbrownowl

    quietbrownowl Veteran (100+ posts)

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    We had a christmas craft sale last night at brownies with a variety of crafts the brownies have made over the last 3weeks. Our unit helper turned up last night with 45 bags of reindeer food made using the big tub of glitter from our cupboard (how i didnt notice it was missing i dont know). Anyway a few of the parents and brownies were quite vocal about the use of glitter instead of edible glitter and the unit helper was most upset that they said glitter was dangerous to animals. I have to say i agree with them but i can see why she made it to boost our profits. I really dont like glitter lol.
     
  2. fenris

    fenris fenris GuiderPlus

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    Even edible glitter is not necessarily safe for animals and birds.
     
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  3. Quack

    Quack Veteran (100+ posts) Staff Member Moderator GuiderPlus

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    But what about Flying Reindeer?
     
  4. Burghilly

    Burghilly Veteran (100+ posts)

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    If we're talking environment - where do people stand on fabric like fleece which is everywhere?

    We made some no-sew hats as our craft at Guides last week. Being useful, pretty, easy to prepare and clean away, required a certain amount of concentration, the ability to use a tape measure and No Glitter - as crafts come it ticked LOADS of the right boxes for me. Until my unit helper started to explain to the girls about how fleece is made - ie from plastic. I think fleece is brilliant but is it bad for the planet??
     
  5. quietbrownowl

    quietbrownowl Veteran (100+ posts)

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    I didnt know that
     
  6. Quack

    Quack Veteran (100+ posts) Staff Member Moderator GuiderPlus

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    In many ways yes. There was a discussion in the news yesterday about the wastage in fashion and the impact on the environment. Fleece is made from waste plastic bottles but it contains microfibres of plastic which are released into the waterways when washed and end up in the sea. I believe it is also hard to recycle itself at the end of its useful life. I don't think that there are many materials 100% environmentally friendly, even if they are natural fibres there may be ethical sourcing issues, washing gives climate and pollutant issues. I think the message is wear longer, care for better and be less fussy..
     
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  7. fenris

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    It's not good for land-based Reindeer. Whether the adaptations for flying Reindeer include digestive adaptations which allow for safe consumption of glitter is not confirmed as yet, research being difficult . . .
     
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  8. Tawnyowl51

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    On the theme of recycling for crafts, anyone got any suggestions what to do with Pringles tubes please?

    Apart from star gazy type things, and covering them with wrapping paper to use as a container, I am at a loss, and pintrest also can only offer me spaghetti holders, pen holders and similar etc
     
  9. MariaGierg

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    What age?

    I made a pinhole camera with one once!

    This page has instructions for a sort of camera obscura!

    Pringles Pinhole: Make a Camera From a Potato Chip Can | Exploratorium


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  10. dominoka

    dominoka Beginner (10+ posts)

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    We made Pringles tube penguins a few years ago - they were cute
     
  11. quietbrownowl

    quietbrownowl Veteran (100+ posts)

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    We've used pringlea tubes to make a Kalideoscope and a flamingo to play croquet.
     
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  12. Kochanski

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    Wrap your Pringles tube in brick coloured paper and make a windmill to poke through the side?
     
  13. ker-stee

    ker-stee SGP Enthusiast GuiderPlus

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    Rain sticks for some sort of musical instrument type evening?
     
  14. ker-stee

    ker-stee SGP Enthusiast GuiderPlus

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    I think i'm going to start a 'What can I use this for' type thread for us to easily see what others have got and what they could be used for?!
     

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