This week’s reducing, reusing & recycling roundup

  • I’m a big fan of reusing milk bottles for all sorts of things and this idea for using them as stationery organisers is fantastic. If they were for use by little delicate hands, I’d be tempted to sticky-tape the cut edges to make them less sharp.
  • Kristin from Craft Leftovers used the offcuts from fitting a bamboo blind to make coordinating twined coasters.
  • Jan McNeil, a Sculpture & Photography student from the University of Ulster, emailed to ask if anyone has any old baby dummies/pacifiers lying around – she wants them for an art project. Get in touch if you’ve got some – or have any ideas for where she might be able to get them from – and I’ll pass your details/suggestions along.
  • I love the idea of this toothbrush holder made out of old toothpaste tubes. (Although I’d want to make sure it was easy to clean – which, with the lips, I’m not sure it would be in this design).
  • This reusable lunch bag how-to uses new shower curtains but it could equally be made from a clean old one. A great way to reuse to reduce.
  • Someone – a name didn’t make it through so I don’t know who – sent over some photos of a birthday table cloth made from old balloons: “I recycle my birthday ballons by gluing them to a clear plastic sheet, gotten in the fabric dept. They make a cute table cover for the party!”


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4 Responses to “This week’s reducing, reusing & recycling roundup”

  1. Victoria says:

    I love those plastic bottles as pencil holders the handles will make them easy to carry! Thats awesome.

  2. I will be showing a full range fo my recycled accessories this week at the BLUECOAT in Liverpool but next weekend there is showcase called This is Green Liverpool also at the Bluecoat which I am unable to do because I am at an “alice in Wonderland’ themed wedding and I love an excuse to dress up. But the green showcase should be quite an event for those in the North West of England and a source of lots of information of green related organisations, community groups and businesses. I will be there by default becasue I have my work with Landbaby, a little boutique shop at the Bluecoat (who also stock lots of accessories made from vintage fabrics, buttons etc). Sorry to hi-jack your page for this but thought you and your readers would like to know!

  3. cmdweb says:

    Milk containers like the ones in your picture are great for making scoops for gardening or giving the kids to use in their sandpit. And if they break, there’s always plenty more and the broken one can go for recycling.

  4. Mirthful says:

    We’ve just replaced a load of pacifiers. I’ve already thrown out most of the old ones, but if I do a raid of various bags and such I can probably find some more – and if I had an address I could pop them in the post :)

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