How to recycle 35mm film negatives

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How to recycle 35mm film / photo negatives

How to recycle 35mm film / photo negatives

Please note: Jackie is no longer accepting 35mm film negatives for recycling – she has all she needs from our wonderful readers!

Instead please contact another of our readers – [email protected] who can use them for art projects and teaching resources for her photography students.

Good news my friends!

You remember in last year’s bag of landfill waste we had some 35 mm film negatives?

I’ve now found a way to recycle them; or should that be ‘upcycle’?

Not only that but they are going to SUCH a good cause!

Jackie, a mature art student doing a BA in Fine & Applied Art at Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education Creative Arts School, wrote and told me about her latest project – recycling.

The project she is working on is based around recycling items, mainly old photographs and negatives, but also incorporating cottons, material and lace – only if it is destined for as rubbish for landfill, however!

Jackie said “Fabrics from the past are being lost and forgotten at an alarming rate. By recycling and reworking they can be viewed in a totally different way and will be preserved for the future”.

As you’ll be aware, with digital cameras here to stay, some of us are throwing our old negatives away. Jackie reuses these by treating them with PVA and coating them with numerous processes so the actual picture is obscure and unrecognisable.

They are then made into wall hangings and light boxes.

Next year on the course if she can gather enough film negatives, Jackie’s plans are to make large installations using blocks made from hundreds of negative strips.

Jackie is happy to pay postage if you send her your negatives (but please think carefully before charging her; wouldn’t it be great if we could just support her studies?) as well as offering a donation to charity.

So why not get decluttering? This is your perfect opportunity to rid yourself of all those college memories without creating landfill waste.

And just think, your first kiss might end up as part of an installation for all to behold 😉

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Amy says:

    If anybody has any photographs, slides or negatives they would like to recycle, I would love to turn them into art projects and use them as teaching resources for photography students of mine, email me at : [email protected]

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @Amy: Thanks Amy – Jackie no longer needs negatives so I have amended our FAQs page with your details 🙂

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