I started making piggy banks from recycled materials in fall of 2015 when I started working in advocacy and crisis intervention. When I started, I was very stressed and I hadn’t found a positive, healthy outlet. I was also starting to notice a lot of wasted paper in my office. I was always thinking about doing something with the paper and the plastic because I love to recycle.
One day, I remembered a show I loved when I was a little girl in Mexico. The show was about crafts, and she made a piggy bank with a balloon, glue, and lots of paper. I remembered this as I was looking at the paper waste we had in our office. I started looking for information on how to make the piggy bank.
One day, I told my mom, “I love to do this, if no one wants to buy these that is ok. I will fill my house, your house, my brother’s house with piggy banks.” But people liked them. These piggies have helped me fight burnout and the effects of working in crisis intervention. I have always said, “these piggies saved my life.”