I’ve been thinking how re-purposing provides an opportunity to be creative. It has other benefits… bringing greater awareness to our actions, reducing consumption, building co-operation and creating solutions to problems. Some examples:
- Plastic sleeves that cover cards, delicate or seasonal decorations. Use them to display wipe-clean notices, certificates or event posters.
- Completed pages from colouring books. The back of the paper is usually blank, so I use them to write letters. The paper gets a second use and the art is a nice touch.
- Cleaning hair off human and pet hair brushes is a hygienic necessity, though a build can use it to help build its nest. Collect in a container and deposit around a branch near a bird table/feeder, for them to gather.
- Use old carrier bags and tights to make draft excluders for doors or stuff cushion covers with them and wrap around outdoor pipes to insulate them
- Metal food tins make great insect hotels, bulb pots, candle holders
- Use an old piece of plastic piping in a pond to create a breathing hole for fish
- Cardboard packaging and newspapers can line garden trugs/pots and paper packaging can be used for writing shopping lists or taking phone messages
- The front half of a card (usually blank) from cards you receive, can have a second use by sending short messages and using them as postcards
- Old boxes can be used to store garden tools or harvested apples
- Shredded paperwork can be used to line bird houses or parcels you’re sending
If you cannot find a use for something, family, friends, community or wildlife can. Have fun re-purposing shed finds, car boot buys and recycling!