How can I reuse or recycle … used staples?
We’ve had an email from Christina Albertsen:
My colleages and I throw away loads of used staples every day where we work, and I was just wondering if there’s a way of recycling them somehow!
If you have any ideas (apart from buying one of those stapless staplers, which I will be doing) that would be great!
They seem so small but I remember reading in a book a few years ago that a colossal amount of steel is used to make staples. Unfortunately I can’t find the book just at the moment so I can’t find the exact figure but it was a very big number for what seem to be small and insignificant bits of bent metal.
The book recommended using paper clips or treasury tags instead since they’re reusable – and of course there is Christina’s stapleless stapler idea – but aside from that, as Christina asks, are there any ways to recycle (or reuse) staples once they’ve been squished?
When I was a kid, I used to make chains of them for fun but it was fiddly and they had sharp ends so couldn’t be used for much – or could they?