By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | December 27, 2007
My favorite of the Three R’s has always been Reuse, because this principle requires no additional materials nor life modifications. It takes what we’ve already got and keeps it useful and relevant– no need to process anything nor buy anything new– just reuse what’s handy.
I also think that this R is a multipurpose R, because Reuse is interchangeable with Repurpose. The glass jar becomes a water bottle. The tin can becomes a vase. The single sock becomes a dusting rag. The empty wine bottle becomes a rolling pin. The seashell becomes an ash tray becomes a change catcher becomes a soap holder. You know.
And here is one of the most awesome instances of repurposing I’ve seen to date: one person’s trash is another person’s recycling is PWKA’s bagel carrier. A CD spindle bagel carrier! No more disposable sandwich wrappers! No more bagel-sandwiches-falling-apart-in-too-big-tupperwares! The end to a lifetime of bagel-sandwich agony.
The big question is, do we want to put our food in used CD spindles? Commenter il lobo wrote: “plastics of cd spindles are PP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polypropylene) so they are food-safe, maybe after a dishwasher clean.” Commenter mailbrucelee countered, “aren’t cyanides used in the manufacture of CD-Rs, which may leak out into the case itself?” So my question is this: is there really a difference between food-grade polypropylene containers and non-food-grade polypropylene containers? Or are all polypro containers the same? Or do we just need to consider what the containers were storing, and the potential toxins associated with those items?
In the end, this is just another plastic item which will be around in one form or another for the next good bit of eternity, because plastic never disappears. It’s best if we can avoid its production/purchase altogether (I think CDs are sold in spindleless packs, but I can’t locate any online). And, myself, I believe in the benefits of avoiding plastics for food storage, so I don’t necessarily think this is the healthiest idea around. I guess I’m just tickled by this creative reuse of a resource-intensive yet single-use item, something that we’re told to discard but really does fill a good niche.
S’more repurposed items:
- Mail organizer
- Wine cork laptop stand
- Magazine bowl
- Bra purse (it’s the hot accessory this season!)
- Feedsack fabric projects
- 13 uses for old jeans
Do you have any repurposed items which you just love to bits?
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