Creative Re-Use Ideas #1
I love putting my mind to the task of re-using or re-purposing common household items that 1) lose their ability to function (i.e. they need repair or they are permanently broken), 2) have had one purpose and have come to the end-of-the-road for that particular purpose, or 3) are single-use items (that probably shouldn’t be).
For example, I recently had need for some kind of utensil that was sharp, small, bendable but not too bendable, and strong. I needed to measure and mark my soap loaves into ¾ inch slices. I couldn’t use a pencil to mark my soft loaves, so I looked around. Right below my nose was an old, unused paperclip that couldn't really keep anything together anymore. Unwound, it would make a perfect tool for marking soap. So it went from one purpose to another.
I’d love to know what kinds of things you re-purpose in your household. I’ll share those ideas in this blog for those of us who are trying to think outside-the-box and re-use more of our stuff that ends up in landfills (and everywhere else…because nothing STAYS in a landfill, trashcan or garbage truck—it all blows in the wind to places we don’t expect or want it to go). Let me start this little project with one small thing that I do at home.
Small Change #1
I enjoy buying nuts, English muffins and rice cakes, but I hate the plastic-wrap packaging. That said, I like the resealable nut bags from Trader Joe's, so I re-use them as snack bags for my lunches or any food that is best when it is kept sealed. The same is true for the rice cake and English muffin wrappers as they are long tubes. Again, these are great for lunch items that you don't want to store in a re-usable plastic Rubbermaid container. I re-use these again and again and again.
It may not be much, but it sure beats using all those zip-lock bags that we reach for without even thinking about where that bag will end up.
What items do you regularly re-purpose and re-use? Anything unusual? Please email me, Lee Ann, at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share your ideas with other Do-Gooders!
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