My mother was my favorite environmentalist. She came early to her environmental consciousness, not out of a feeling that it was socially responsible to be green or that it made sense to be a good steward of this earth that we call home. Her penchant to reuse and recycle was one forged out of necessity. A child of the depression, money was tight and she was forced from a young age to identify and save any item that could be used again.
These habits held on tight and until her death at the age of 90, you could count on Mom to have a stash of used plastic shopping bags, used zip lock bags (carefully washed and dried, of course!), wrapping paper that had been used but wasn't too crinkled, used ribbons and bows and many other items too numerous to remember! There was a time in my life when these habits of hers were just plain annoying and I certainly did not see the point.
Fast forward years and I now admire her inclination to reduce, reuse and recycle. At my studio, glass (no matter how small) is saved and reused. Many of my projects are created from the scraps - the one above is a case in point. This color block design was created from glass used in other projects during classes that I pulled from the bin. It is accented with the scrap that I sweep off of the worktables after classes. I took my little container of very small scrap and dumped it along the middle of this piece and ended up with a simple, yet attractive design.