If you were asked to do a project for the word “Green”, what would you do? If you were Camille Mara and you were asked to do just that for your Creative Communications class, the end result would be this video. Camille decided to show the connection between the green of nature and her inspiration for hooping in her class project. “They both provide a sacred place where no one judges, you are free to move how ever you want, and the hoop will always stay the same. It’s up to you to decide how to move it differently than others,” she explains. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The soundtrack spins right along with her theme for the project as well. It’s “Greenland” by Emancipator and it’s available for purchase on iTunes. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.
[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn helps us keep our hoops out of landfills.]
“There is an end to everything,” wrote Chaucer, “to good things as well.” Alas, even our beloved hoops won’t last forever. It can be hard to accept when our favorite circular companion has reached the end of its usefulness. A hoop that is tattered and beat to hell can only be slathered down with adhesive remover and re-taped so many times. And then there are the unfortunate victims of car tires (it happens more than you think!) and LED hoops inadvertently left out in the elements. And with every hoop-maker inevitably collecting a growing pile of tubing remnants, what’s a green-conscious hooper to do with our notoriously difficult-to-recycle hoop materials?
If you’re up for an art project there are some great ways to reuse and repurpose that old hoop. Consider turning that hoop into a holiday wreath, creating your very own twinkle light chandelier or weaving yourself a hula hoop rug. There are so many possibilities – but even if you are feeling crafty, chances are if you’ve got tubing remnants headed for that great big hoop heaven in the sky, you’ll be glad to know that these days there are increasingly more ways to give them a second life. Here’s the down low on how to recycle (almost) all types of hoop plastics.
Feeling crafty? Here at Hooping.org we’re always looking for new ways to recycle, repurpose and reuse those old hoops in new ways. Pattie Wilkinson at Pattie Wack Designs teaches us how to make tie-dye wall art using one, though we imagine you could replace the tie-dye with any type of fabric you’d like to have on display in your home.