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Recycling in Chiapas with Taller Leñateros – What a Great Idea!

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Taller Leñateros is a artist workshop located in San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. Here they recycle lots and lots of paper! They take catalogues, magazines, pamphlets and many other sources of paper headed into landfills and turn them into something really beautiful. The new and improved paper is infused with other natural products, such as corn husks and cut flowers, which otherwise could have also added to our waste.

At Taller Leñateros, artists also create their own unique designs that are carved onto wood blocks. With ink, their designs are printed onto the new, recycled paper. The paper is also transformed into colorful books and notepads.

In speaking with one of the artists, he told me that they are trying to do their part to help the environment. He also told me of an even bigger recycling need; Chiapas consumes an incredible amount of soda. This leaves behind a huge amount of glass bottles. Anyone Who has a great idea for recycling glass, this would be the perfect place to start a project.

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Before picture

Natural materials added to paper

Natural materials added to paper

After

After

Recycled paper with wood block printing

Recycled paper with wood block printing

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