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Tree Change Dolls

Sweet little faces and handmade clothes are the signature mark of the most recent doll craze and overnight Internet sensation. That’s right, we’re talking about Tree Change Dolls. Have you heard of them?

All around the world, people are going mad for these dolls, but why? Tree Change Dolls aren’t just your average childhood toy. You can’t buy them at Toys’R’Us or pick one up on your way home. These creations culminated from forward thinking, resourcefulness, and a Tasmanian woman’s empathy for once beloved, but quickly forgotten toys. Tree Change Dolls are discarded children’s dolls, like Barbies or Bratz, revitalized into down-to-earth dolls the average child can relate to.

Wandering through a second hand store, Sonia Singh happened upon a little doll. Battered and broken, the disfigured dolly had seen better days. But Sonia’s heart wept a little for the discarded toy and she quickly decided to recycle her. No, not your average residential recycling in the bin on the curbside, Sonia took the doll home to give her a brighter outlook. She removed the doll’s glitzy and overdone face, replaced her features with those of adolescent wonderment, brushed and cut her hair, and crafted new, booted feet. And thus, the Tree Change Doll was born.

With support from her husband and toddling daughter, as well as her mother who hand knits and sews all of the Tree Change Doll clothes, Sonia accidentally became an overnight Internet sensation. People have fallen in love with the dolls that look like actual children and stand for progressive change.

What do these dolls have to do with waste and recycling? Our acceptance of recycling practices is constantly morphing into outside-the-box ideas. Residential recycling is slowly becoming normalized, an assumed standard, and things like mass composting, DIY upcycling projects, and Tree Change Dolls are challenging us to recycle or upcycle in new and fun ways.

To get more information about residential recycling or recycling and upcycling efforts in Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha and Turner counties, contact Novak online or call us at 605-338-7126.



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