Unnatural Resources

Our planet has a serious trash problem.

Most recycling ends up in landfills or in our oceans.

the equivalent of one dumpster truck of trash is dumped into the ocean every minute

Time we do something about it.

Learn how to transform trash into toys

 

remember to clean your trash.

Use lukewarm water & dish soap to clean plastic trash.

Do not use any trash with smelly stains.

what trash can be used as a resource - bottle caps

bottle caps

Bottle caps are made from aluminum and polyethylene. 

they are a good way to create once-off airtight seals.

Found on glass bottles that contain liquids,
for example on a refreshing ice-cold coca-cola soda bottle

toymakers use bottle caps as currency in case of fallout and to texturize surfaces

what trash can be used as a resource - bottle lids

Bottle Lids

Bottle lids are made from Polyethylene – a hard plastic.

they are used close containers and protect the contents

Found on most plastic bottles with liquids,
for example soda bottles or milk cartons

toymakers use bottle lids as finishing touches, infrastructure & texturizing

what trash can be used as a resource - cereal boxes

Cereal Boxes

Cereal boxes are made from a thin cardboard.

many items from the grocery store will come packaged in this

Found as packaging for many items from the supermarket that needs some protection,
for example, the boxes most cereal comes in are made from thin cardboard

Toymakers love to use thin cardboard as roof-texturing and for creating shapes.

what trash can be used as a resource - corrugated cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

strong cardboard made from fluted layers of fibre, 

these durable sheets are commonly-used globally

Found as the box in which deliveries are made, or what pizza boxes are made from.
for example, online purchases usually get delivered in corrugated boxes.

Toymakers love to use corrugated cardboard as infrastructure and texturizing.

what trash can be used as a resource - egg boxes

Egg box cartons

egg-box carton is made from recycled paper,

and offers eggcellent insulation.

found in kitchens & grocery stores
for example wherever you keep your eggs

toymakers use egg box carton as a texture that replicates bricks and stone

what trash can be used as a resource - ice cream sticks

Ice-cream Sticks

also known as lollipop-sticks or stirrers,

these straight pieces are made from wood

found inside ice-creams, lollipops & coffee shops.
For example, some candy or lollipops available from your tuck shop or cafe

Toymakers use these straight pieces of wood to mimic wood and provide textures

what trash can be used as a resource - milk bottles

Milk bottles

your everyday regular plastic milk bottle

made from high/low-density polyethylene

Found typically in a fridge in a kitchen
for example when you making breakfast or a cup of tea

toymakers use plastic milk bottles as texturizing and infrastructure.

what trash can be used as a resource - old cds

Old CD’s

made from a brittle but sturdy plastic called polycarbonate,

these compact discs are ancient versions of iPods

Found in rooms or cars with CD players
For example in the glove compartment of your grandparent’s car with a CD player

toymakers use these circular flat discs as finishings and infrastructure

what trash can be used as a resource - old electric wire
Adults assistance

Old Electric wires

Most old & broken home appliances have old electric wires, that contain copper wires wrapped in rubber-polymers

Found on broken appliances – ask an adult to help remove the wire
For example, an old toaster or lamp that is being thrown away,
an adult can remove the wire for you

Toymakers love to use old electric wires as the copper inside bends nicely for making trees

what trash can be used as a resource - packaging boxes

Packaging Boxes

these are large boxes made from hard corrugated cardboard

they are used to protect fragile contents.

Found when ordering most things you buy online, or when you’re moving house,
If you buy something from Amazon, it will come in a box

Toymakers use packaging boxes as a great source of infrastructure and corrugated cardboard

what trash can be used as a resource - paper clips

Paper Clips

metal wire wrapped in plastic,

perfect for clipping a few pieces of paper together

Found in schools, offices, studies, and desks.
for example, anywhere people sit and do paperwork

toymakers use the wire of the paperclip to make finishings and shapes.

what trash can be used as a resource - pencil shavings

Pencil Shavings

AKA – sawdust, which is made from wood

it is a result of sharpening your pencil or woodwork

Found inside classrooms, offices or hardware stores.
for example inside your pencil sharpener or where your dad has drilled some wood

toymakers use sawdust as flocking and as finishing touches

what trash can be used as a resource - pizza boxes

Pizza Boxes

Pizza boxes are made from corrugated cardboard.

The lids of pizza boxes are a great source for clean trash

Found as boxes for, Duh, pizzas. If you haven’t ordered pizza before, you haven’t lived,
for example, a pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut is as good as it gets

By only using the cardboard pieces that do not have stains, toymaker can create infrastructure

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic metal containers

Plastic  & metal containers

lightweight sturdy containers made from both metal &/or plastic

to protect a variety of contents from damage & moisture

Found as containers for many items from the grocery store that require constant  opening & closing
for example coffee tins, peanut butter jars, canned food, etc.

toymakers use these containers as shapes and infrastructure

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic bags

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are a cheap way to protect & seal goods from moisture. 

commonly used for everything & everywhere.

Found as packaging for your groceries, and as the packaging of the groceries themselves.
for example, the bags for your fruit & vegetables, sugar, carrier bags, etc.

Toymakers use plastic bags nearly all toymaking. The most common uses are as traceable schematics or textures.

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic bottles

plastic bottles

single-use plastic bottles come in all shapes and sizes,

made from polyethylene terephthalate to be strong & light

Found as containers for most liquids like bottled water or soda.
For example a bottle of soda from your local store

toymakers use plastic bottles as infrstructure and shaping

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic cake tins

Plastic Cake Tins

single-use plastic covers are transparent and maintain their shape

used to protect baked goods and keep them fresh

Found in supermarkets, grocery stores, and bakeries,
for example, most premade cakes come with a cake tin

toymakers use the transparent cake tins as finishings and shapes.

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic soda bottles

Plastic Soda Bottles

single-use transparent polypropylene bottles,

used to protect liquid contents

Found commonly as many soda brands, bottled water, iced-tea and more
For example coca-cola, bonaqua and pepsi

Toymakers use these thin-plastic containers as infrastructure and as textures

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic trays

Plastic trays

single-use transparent polypropylene containers,

used to protect contents and keep them fresh

Found as containers for many fruits and snacks that risk bruising.
For examples strawberries or grapes come packaged in these

Toymakers use these thin-plastic containers as infrastructure and as textures

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic tubs

Plastic cups

single-use containers are made from polypropylene

and are often discarded after one use.

Found as meal containers for many snacks, lunches and microwave meals.
for example small yogurt tubs or microwave meals

Toymakers use these containers as infrastructure and surface texturizing

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic containers

Plastic Containers

single-use transparent polypropylene containers,

used to protect contents and keep them fresh

Found as containers for many fruits and snacks that risk bruising.
For examples strawberries or grapes come packaged in these

Toymakers use these thin-plastic containers as infrastructure and as textures

what trash can be used as a resource - plastic cups

Plastic Tubs

Plastic tubs are made from high density polypropylene,

a hard type of plastic that can be recycled.

Found as containers for many dairy products that you would find in store.
for example, yoghurt or cream comes in these plastic tubs

toymakers use plastic tubs as infrastructure and shapes.

what trash can be used as a resource - sand

Sand

sand is made from rocks & minerals,

like grains through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives

Found on beaches, gardens, building sites & playgrounds,
for example, the beach is made from it

toymakers use sand as a texture and finishing.

what trash can be used as a resource - skewers

Skewers

sharp sticks made from either wood or bamboo,

great for roasting marshmallows

Found in kitchens, restaurants, dining rooms and BBQ’s
for example when you are eating kebab or sosaties
toymakers use skewers for making holes and finishings.
what trash can be used as a resource - soda boxes

soda can tray

these trays are made from corrugated cardboard,

they are used to carry slightly heavier contents.

Found in supermarkets, tuck-shops, and liquor-stores.
for example, the 24 cans of soda you bought in the shops come in a tray

Corrugated cardboard is perfect for creating infrastructure and model-bases

straws - what trash can be used as a resource

Straws

straws are single-use items made from plastic,

 a very difficult Polypropylene item to recycle due to size

Found in many supermarkets, groceries, and restaurants
For example many drink purchased come with a straw

Toymakers use straws as surface texturising and finishing

what trash can be used as a resource - shoeboxes

Thick-Cardboard boxes

with sturdy replaceable lids also made from thick cardboard

these are different to corrugated cardboard, with no flutes

Found as containers for many items that require a box, but which are not too fragile,
for example, shoeboxes are usually made from thick cardboard

Toymakers use thick cardboard for shaping and texturizing

what trash can be used as a resource - cookie boxes

thin-cardboard boxes

Cookie boxes are made from thin cardboard.

many items from the grocery store will come packaged in this

Found in supermarkets as containers for any item that requires moderate protection.
for example, cereal boxes & boxes of cookies are made from thin cardboard

Toymakers love to use thin cardboard as roof-texturing and for creating shapes.

what trash can be used as a resource - shoeboxes - thorns

Thorns

Thorns grow on bushes and trees.

Nature’s version of stepping on lego

Found on dead stalks, branches or on the ground near thorn trees,
for example, rose-bush thorns can easily be snapped off

toymakers use thorns as a finishing.

what trash can be used as a resource - toilet paper rolls

Toilet Paper Rolls

Toilet paper rolls are made from thin cardboard strips

which are rolled into circular tubes

Found as inners used to wrap thin materials around in a roll-shape,
for example, wrapped inside toilet paper, cling wrap or paper towels

Toymakers use TP rolls as infrastructure and shapes.

what trash can be used as a resource - shoeboxes - twigs

Twigs & sticks

old and dead twigs & sticks that have already fallen to the ground

Found near big trees in gardens or parks,
for example, the park near to where you stay has trees

toymakers use twigs and sticks to texturize and mimic.

“It always seems impossible until it is done

Nelson Mandela

mike-fox-Ym301WfcEkE-unsplash
photo-1506506637031-5e2cabd00f30

Share with friends & family

Share your creations on Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get the latest toy designs

patrick-buck-iPpy3Mupk8k-unsplash
larm-rmah-AEaTUnvneik-unsplash
Norman Rockwell Boy's Creativity Transparent right face 300x

Please Support us

Donate and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

All donations go towards donating free toymaking kits to low income schools & communities.
Free Toys For Life Foundation is a registered Non-Profit Company

Free Toys For Life Foundation

is a registered Non-Profit Company.
Registration Number: 2019 / 145566 / 08
NPO: 229-127