Elisabeth chose ‘recycling’ as this week’s word, which flows on nicely from last week’s ‘simplicity’. I do like it when the weekwords lend themselves to a stream of thought!
So, recycling. It’s something I try to do as much as I can, and have boxes for paper, card, plastic, glass, batteries, tetra-paks… but I also try to reuse and ‘upcycle’ as well as sticking things in the bin. So peanut butter cartons become scoops for animal feed, the brown glass jars the hot chocolate comes in are great for spice mixes and other things that need protection from the light, yoghurt pots become modules for planting seedlings.
Nowadays I buy washing powder in bulk, and it comes in huge plastic buckets. Now, plastic buckets with lids have no shortage of uses, but before the plastic buckets, my washing powder came in boxes like this:
Big ol’ boxes, made of chunky cardboard. But according to the packaging:
So I hung onto them because I couldn’t bear to put them in the bin. This happens to me a lot, and is partly why I fight clutter. Another reason is the constant supply of magazines, especially gardening ones. I am quite good at the tearing articles I want out of magazines and recycling the rest, but I can’t tear up gardening magazines. And I subscribe to two gardening magazines, which both come monthly. But where to keep them? Well – I had some big ol’ cardboard boxes that were just the right size for magazines. So I cut them to a ‘magazine file’ shape, glued on some white scrap paper to hide the printing on the box (paint would work too, if you had some handy), and then covered them with some scrap fabric. I lined the insides with some scrap sugar paper.
So now I have somewhere to put my magazines, and two fewer empty boxes taking up space!
I had a similar, ‘I can’t bear to throw this out, what can I make with it?’ moment today, when confronted with a huge can which once had fruit in it. So I washed it out, scrubbed it a bit with wire wool and then got busy with a pointy thing. I don’t know what it’s called, I just asked Mr S&S for a pointy thing to make holes in a can and he gave me this:
Is it an awl? Not sure. Anyway, I punched lots of holes in the can with the pointy thing. To get the holes around the top and bottom evenly spaced (as I have no eye for this sort of thing) I sellotaped a tape-measure to the can, and for the shapes, made a template using a cookie cutter which I then taped on. I added a candle and I think it looks rather nice in a rustic sort of way.
Come summer will be very useful for the citronella candles because it is going to protect them from the wind; plus the shape will mean that it’s harder for children and dogs to knock it over.
Pop over to Elisabeth’s blog to find out what others are recycling…