Reuse in action
You’ll be surprised at the practical things you can do with your rubbish.
Below is just a tiny selection of the hundreds of things you can do to give your ‘rubbish’ a new lease of life simply by reusing them.
Toilet paper roll ideas
There are loads of ways you can reuse your old toilet paper tubes in creative and practical ways. Before you throw away your toilet roll tubes take a look at our reuse ideas below.
Toilet paper roll storage
Cables: For some of us, “storing” the cables to our various electronic devices means adding them to a massive tangle of unlabeled cords. Instead take a shoebox and fill with upright toilet roll tubes.
Coil each cable and slide them into the individual rolls – this will keep them away from other cables and avoid that dreaded cable tangle! Tip: to make longer compartments, use a kitchen roll tube instead.
Or, why not use your shoe box/toilet roll tube combination to instead store stationary such as pens, rulers and paintbrushes?
Toilet Paper Roll Planting Seeds
Use toilet paper rolls to start your plant seeds. When they are ready for planting, stick the whole roll in the ground and they decompose!
Toilet roll bird feeder
This is such a great idea! Spread peanut butter on toilet paper rolls, roll them in bird seeds, and then hang them from a tree branch for the birds to enjoy.
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Drink Cups + Lids = Mess-Free Paint Pots
Don’t toss that Frappuccino cup after your next frozen drink fix. The domed lids and large straw holes make perfect paint and brush holders! Fewer spills mean fewer tears (for the kids) and quick and easy cleanup (for Mum).
Old glass jars
Your old jam jars can be useful in so many ways – the most simple way of reusing them is to store new items within them.
If you’re a wiz in the kitchen you could reuse your old jam jars for their original purpose and use them to store home made jams or chutneys.
Simply boil wash your jars and lids and they provide you with free storage for your latest award winning preserves.
Alternatively glass jars can be used to store an endless range of things, including herbs and spices, buttons, screws and nails, arts and crafts items like glitter and beads and even jewellery. The list is endless!
Jars can also be used as planters for kitchen herbs like mint, basil and chives.
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Old wellington boots
Before you throw away those old damp wellington boots you found abandoned in the garden shed consider reusing them by creating a fun planter for your garden. Simply fill with soil, cut a few drainage slits at intervals along the boot and 'voila!' – you have a quirky planter.
As you can see, with a bit of imagination, you can transform what seems to be rubbish in to a range of practical and creative items.
Plastic drinks bottles
There are loads of ways you can reuse your old drinks bottles. We have come up with a few for you:
- Firstly you could refill the bottle with water ¾ full and place in the freezer to use as a cool pack for picnic hampers (just remember to wrap in a cloth after removing from the freezer to stop the condensation getting your sandwiches soggy!).
- They can also be used as mini greenhouses! Use scissors to cut off the top of the bottle, turn it upside down and place it over any seedlings you have growing in your garden to protect them against the elements.
- Cut off the top of the bottle and use it as a paintbrush holder.
Assuming they are no longer any good to you and you can’t give that old DVD or pop compilation CD to a friend or relative you can give your old CDs/DVDs a new lease of life.
Use them as a drinks coaster.
Tie a piece of string around the centre of the disk and hang from a bamboo pole in your garden to deter birds from your veg plot or fruit trees.
If you want to get really creative why not use CDs to create an attractive wall mural and let your old disks really shine.
If you have concerns over security of the data held on your CD/DVD simply score a scratch across the full diameter of the disk to ensure no one can access the data held within them.
Egg boxes can be super useful around the house in the most surprising ways….
Use an egg box to protect your Christmas decorations. Do you ever find that when you dust off your Christmas decorations that some of your Christmas baubles have cracked?
In the same way that egg boxes protect eggs they can do the same your festive decorations.
At the end of the holidays place your decorations in an empty egg box and store back in the loft.
Cut out each egg box cup and fill with soil, These little planters can be used to grow plants from seed. Once sprouted and strong enough the seedling can be transferred to a bigger pot or the ground still contained in its egg box pot as the card board will decompose in the soil.
Do you have any creative reuse ideas for your rubbish?
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