Fun ideas for reusing and recycling random stuff
Recycling cardboard, glass and empty soft drinks cans has really become the norm these days as recycling is now second nature to most of us. That doesn’t mean however that there still isn’t scope to recycle, reuse or upcycle some random stuff around the home and garden. Read on to find more tips for how to make even more of an environmental impact by reducing your waste and giving new life to things you never even considered.
- Plastic spoons – We hate to see people using plastic spoons, as they are a terrible waste of natural resources, when we could easily use proper cutlery and wash it afterwards, but if you’ve found that you have a lot of plastic spoons that you haven’t recycled, you can repurpose them instead into this unusual lamp. Check out this simple tutorial here.
- Get crafty with corks – if you’ve already recycled your empty wine bottles but have kept the corks aside, then why not collect them and turn them into a clever shower mat? They are the perfect material for this and upcycling your corks into this eco-friendly solution is a clear winner for the environment too. Find out more here.
- Old light bulbs – once a light bulb goes out, your first instinct is probably to throw it away, but with a little ingenuity you could turn them into simple and eye-catching vases for flowers. Just take a look at this video for inspiration on making your own bulb vase – beautiful!
- Old jeans that don’t fit you anymore? Sure you could donate them to your local charity shop, but if you fancy hanging on to them instead you can turn them into handy storage using the pockets – just like this.
- Cable tidy – is your house coming down with leads, chargers, connecting cables that just end up in a tangled mess? Why not use old toilet roll holders as a clever way to keep things organised and tidy? Check out some inspiration here.
Hopefully these ideas will help you to think about new ways to reuse the things you have lying around the house and give them a new purpose. If you have any ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them!