On my Facebook page I asked readers to answer a number of questions about the principle of reusing. My favourite answer was everything! Yes that is so true. We should be trying to use everything as much as possible. Often when it wears out and can no longer be used for its original purpose, we can reuse it again, turning it into something else. Then, when there is no possible life left, recycling is the last option. I love the answer below about grandma's flannelette sheets!
What is a favourite item that you reuse often?
What is the strangest thing that you reuse?
What are some ways that we can reuse items for community benefit?
What is the most creative way you have reused something?
What is the oldest thing that you still love to reuse?
Here are my answers:
Favourite item - not necessarily a favourite but I do like to reuse any plastic bags that we have bought food in eg. frozen blueberries. Although I try to avoid bags it is not always possible. Bags with zip locks are especially good. I remember reading someone laughing about their grandmother washing bags and hanging them on the line. That is now me!!
Strangest thing - I am still reusing a pile of knee high stockings that my daughter gave me over five years ago before she moved to NZ. Just wear, wash and reuse. The pile is getting a lot smaller as the holes appear.
Community Benefit - Going to the Library! What an amazing free resource, where we can reuse resources over and over again.
Most Creative - I am really enjoying reusing old fabric and turning it into new clothes and other items. Rag rugs are also a favourite.
Oldest thing - my Grandmother's old wooden spoon. It is so well used it is worn down and angled at the top. I think about her every time I use it.
A big thank you to Green Dandelion, Alexia and Tamara for their great suggestions, comments and ideas about reusing!
Favourite item - fabric scrap! We collect every little thread and, depending on size and condition, make it into something else (twine, baskets, scrubbies, hair ties, brooches, ribbon) or compost it.
Strangest thing - old beeswax wraps. I reuse them for lining pot plants, baskets, storage boxes, etc, or wrapping dog treats and other non human food items.
Community benefit - we are creating zero waste aromatic candles with citrus peel at a women’s wellness retreat on the week end!
Most creative way - All of the above, plus we upcycle paper from old magazines Into gift pouches.
Oldest thing - some of my mother’s old clothes. My daughter still wears a 60’s suede jacket she gave me in my youth and I still have a beautiful black wool dress of hers. Plus my engagement ring was my grandmother’s so it is very special.
I have some old kitchen equipment such as mixing bowls, measuring cups and cake tins that were handed down to me many years ago that I still use.
Hello! My name is Margy. I enjoy living simply, I am trying to slow down and I am learning how to be still. I would love you to join me on this exciting adventure.