thinking about Earth Day and I was in school when they made it an official day - and the things we did then to try to raise awareness - it is amazing that things have not progressed since that time or 10 years later or after that - animals are still in danger and are mistreated , forests are still getting cut down, pollution is still a problem - and litter ---- don't get me started on the litter and trash problem . as a recycle artist I ave always kept the environment in mind - thought what can I re-use how can I make it work and look good I have used crate sides as shutters years ago and construction spools as tables - always used second hand clothes and refashioned them to update the look . although I can afford new I love finding a wonderful piece of used furniture and make it work in my room . my art reflects it my every living reflects it . once you get started in thinking that way it just gets easier - I hope each one of you adds something in the way of re-using - recycling or upcycling - in your life .