Oh, repurposers, you make me determined to change my ways. You take creative recycling to new heights.
When I think of all the stuff I have shoveled out the door during my years, I am deeply embarrassed. And I am not even a very active consumer. I still drive a 1998 vehicle, which now has over 275,000 km on it, but mostly I walk. I live with my partner in a small condo. My clothing is secondhand, and I have only a small closet of it. I wear comfortable shoes and re-sole them when I can. I use the library a lot.
And still the stuff accumulates around me as if it were rabbits having sex while I sleep. So from time to time I weed it out and head off to the thrift store. Still, there are things I see no value in. I toss them in the recycling or, worse yet, into the garbage.
Repurposers show me how short sighted I am. Here are some recycling/repurposing sites and some of the creative reuses people have found for their old stuff:
Recyclelife Brasil (thanks to Nanette for telling me about them)
DIY – Repurposing, Jess Gatto’s board on Pinterest
Repurpose household items, Gloriane Ross’s Pinterest board
- Sandal storage made from wire hangers
- Scarf storage out of a plastic hanger and shower curtain rings
I’m not a crafty person so the odds of my spending hours turning one thing into another are not great. I’m better off limiting what I bring into the house in the first place. But I’m tickled by these repurposers and occasionally inspired. They give me hope that more of us will stop tossing things and figure out ways of reusing them instead.