“The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.” Issey Miyake
I learned in America a long time ago, the three R’s, the principle of three R’s – reuse, reduce, recycle. And as I say those words, there are so many things individually we can do to reduce – we don’t need to consume as much as we are consuming. Reduce. And by reusing, we can reuse a lot of things we just throw into the dumpsite. And reduce the production. The more we reuse, the more we can reduce. Wangari Maathai
Weekly Photo Challenge: REPURPOSE – Ways we reuse, reduce, recycle. For today’s challenge, I had an easier time of taking photos of ideal examples. Perhaps it is because I am a child of war and a survivor that I value my things. Honestly, I always look for ways to reuse containers when they are empty. The center photo in my collage is a Churchill’s Confectionery English toffee Telephone Kiosk Money Box; it’s a metal container that could be used as a small change holder … and much more! If you look at the metal lid/top that comes with the container, there is a slot to drop coins into it. It’s a charming tin that could be used as a way to teach kids how to save money.
In addition to its original, recommended use, I have re-purposed the telephone kiosk money box in a number of other ways. I use one for extra kitchen utensils, another is used for stationary items, and it makes an attractive fresh flower holder for my Alstroemeria floras. I simply used the empty tomato sauce glass jar and a small zip-lock bag to create a rust-free and leak-free receptacle for the flowers. The square glass jar fits in the red container perfectly.. Viola! What about the rest? Check in again soon for more details. (Updated below)
“Uncommon thinkers reuse what common thinkers refuse.” J. R. D. Tata
We need to send hundreds of millions of dollars down to our public high schools, vocational colleges, and community colleges to begin training people in the green-collar work of the future – things like solar-panel installation, retrofitting buildings that are leaking energy, wastewater reclamation, organic food, materials reuse and recycling. Van Jones
What about the other containers in the photos? The glass jar on the left is an all purpose jar that people typically use for sugar and flour. I decided to use it for one of our many yogi tea bags. The tea comes in cardboard boxes, and I figured the teabags would take up less kitchen space if I re-purposed the packaging. The second glass jar once held tomato sauce and is used for a few things in the kitchen. On the right is a Bento box with 4 square containers that would be perfect for lunch food items. Now that the kids are grown, they don’t need as many food items in a lunch box so, I re-purposed the Bento box as a teabag, hot chocolate mix, and coffee sachet holder.
The re-purposed Bento tea-box fits nicely in a corner near my electric kettle and mixer … the best part is that even if you could fly to the UK for a great opportunity, you won’t have to dig through a ton of tea boxes for a quick cuppa. We are a tea drinking household and have so many tea varieties in the pantry. This re-purposed idea has saved us a lot of time and we can add new items to the box when we wish. This was a fun exercise because I love to reuse/re-purpose items around the house. It keeps our creative minds alert and saves us a few dollars on making new purchases. What about you? What do you enjoy re-purposing in your household?
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Weekly Photo Challenge Post: – RePurpose – For this challenge, show us something you’ve put to new use. Maybe it’s an old hammock that now forms the climbing wall for your clematis. Perhaps it’s as simple as the matchbook that supports the short leg of your chair. It could be the shedding hair you comb from your dog that will warm the birds’ nests around you. All out of clever? Look to your family, friends, and neighbors — what canny bit of DIY recycling ingenuity has recently impressed you?
Up for a bit of extra credit? See if you can capture an image that not only represents “Re-purpose,” but also bucks “Conventional Wisdom” — this week’s Discover Challenge.
Have a relaxing weekend!
Positive Motivation Tip: We can always find ways to re-purpose old things. Take a moment to reflect and create new ways of reusing old things
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All other Photos from my personal collection.