5 fantastic things to do with old cutlery/silverware

December 13, 2011 by  
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Last week’s post about those little plastic spoons you get with children’s medicine reminded me of all the great things you can do with old metal cutlery – not the finest family silver necessarily but the stuff that manages to find its way into your cutlery drawer (or conversely – the remains that are left after everything else leaves and you get a new set!). 1. Reuse them around the home Our cats have a dedicated old fork for their food; I have an old dessert spoon with a handle bent up at 90° for skimming misc and oil from the top of sauces; and, I have an old tablespoon in with my laundry stuff for spooning in wash boosters. In our tool kit, we have a fork which can be used for holding nails in place while hammering, a(n admittedly more flexible than most) old butter knife for smoothing filler and several old spoons for stirring filler, paint and whatnot. What do you reuse them for around the home? 2. Reuse them around the garden They’re almost equally as useful in the garden too! Forks are useful when transplanting seedlings – use them to lift the plant’s tender new roots out of their starter tray – and can also be used to temporarily pin thin runners in place if you want, for example, strawberries, to spread in a certain direction. Knives and spoons also make fun row markers or plant labels in pots. Some people (like dkshattuck , who made the ones above) sell ready made sets for herbs , stamped with the names or otherwise labelled so they’ll last for years and years. Do you use old cutlery in the garden? If so, what for? 3. Coat hooks and cupboard handles Sturdy cutlery can be bent into fun coat hooks or key hooks like those pictured above. They’re by Jeremy and Jen Evensen , who sell via Etsy – such fun designs! They can also be used to make fun kitchen cupboard handles – attached to the door either through the bowl of the spoon/fork or through the handle. And if you’re doing that, why not make a couple more standalone hooks for fun curtain tiebacks? 4. Jewellery There is loads of gorgeous jewellery knocking around made from old knives, forks and spoons. At a most basic level, all you need is an old fork, some pliers and a few minutes, et voila! a fun and free bracelet . At the other end of the scale, artisan crafty people are making some really lovely bracelets – the one above is by MarchelloArt and like that one, some bracelets still look like the original tool . Some other are a bit more dressed up and some, using just handles, don’t look like cutlery at all – just lovely silver pieces for around the wrist or

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Impact of advertising on Recycle This – and my promises to you

December 12, 2011 by  
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Recycle This turns six in April 2012 and from day one, it has included advertising. I started the site when I was in the process of quitting my job for a “career break”, which turned into self-employment. The idea was that I’d have advertising on the site for as long as I needed the money from it. In the first couple of years, it wasn’t much at all but every little helped. Now after other ventures sadly tanked, I still need the (meagre) advertising revenue to supplement my (even more meagre) income. But I don’t think it has impacted the nature of Recycle This that much. Yes, I spend time tweaking text to trying to bring more visitors to the site but not at the cost of readability (the lack of readability is usually to do with my tendency to waffle and/or put extra comments in brackets, you know, like this 😉 ). I try to ensure pages are linked to other relevant pages to keep people interested – but I never split articles over many different pages to force people to click through after every paragraph to drive up ad impressions*. And I publish the full text of the article in the RSS feed (and email feed) so if you subscribe to either of those, you never have to visit the site and see adverts (unless you want to see comments, although you can subscribe to the RSS feed of comments too, if you’re interested). Yes, I need to generate some money but not at the cost of producing a worthwhile site or engaging in habits I find infuriating when I see them elsewhere . When I do link posts (such as Christmas craft round-ups ), I get ideas from a range of sources — reading the people’s blogs directly, via other curating blogs, through requests for suggestions on Twitter, Pinterest and from stuff people have emailed me — but no one ever pays (either directly or indirectly through products or links back) to be included in those, and I would never ask them to. I only feature stuff that I personally like/want to make or think are worthwhile – info that I generally want to pass on to as many people as possible. Ditto anything used for giveaways . As for the actual adverts, I can quite confidently say that I have never changed any editorial content on the site because an advertiser wants me to. My main advertising network for most of the past six years has been Google Adsense. I have tried other networks, affiliate schemes and had some direct advertising but I’ve mostly stuck with Google’s context sensitive ads because in general they are more relevant in terms of both subject and geography. The downside is that I don’t control exactly which adverts appear on the site – the upside of that though is that I’m never under any conscious or unconscious pressure to bend my subject to not offend an advertiser — I don’t know who they are. The only concessions I make under the Adsense program is not swearing every other *&%ing word or displaying hate speech/pornography on the site – which, to be frank, isn’t exactly something I was planning to do anyway 😉 Anyway, long story short, I want to make six promises – six things I’ve stuck to over the last six years and hope to stick to for as long as the site exists in the future: I will not change anything I’ve written or anything anyone has written in a comment because an advertiser wants me to I will not post any “sponsored posts”, any (unpaid) guest posts or product reviews that are simply adverts in disguise I will not post accept any direct advertising in any form that promotes products that generate, rather than reduce, waste I will not post any adverts in our site’s Twitter feed (or any other social media platforms that might crop up in the future!) I will not put money generation above creating a useful site to help people reduce, reuse, recycle more I will remove all advertising from the site as soon as I can do without the money Sorry this has been a bit of a departure from the normal How can I recycle this…? posts , I just wanted to get a few things off my chest! Normal programming will resume tomorrow 🙂 -louisa 🙂 * The only exception to this is adding a “read more” link so really long articles don’t display in their entirety on the front page. Anyone visiting the article directly will see it all on one page, and people would have to click off the main page to read comments anyway.

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How can I reuse or recycle the plastic spoons that come with children’s medicines/cough syrup?

December 9, 2011 by  
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Tabitha has asked: How can I recycle the plastic spoons you get in children’s medicine bottles? Thanks ;oD A great question! I can’t take tablets so have to take liquid medicine instead – and as a result, I end up with lots of these little suckers. There is no way to reject them really – they’re tucked inside the box and I suspect if you did ask the pharmacist to remove it, they would just go in their bin instead. While they’ve got a full teaspoon size head, they only have a tiny (2cm/inch) long handle (or a smaller spoon in lieu of a handle, like the one in the picture) so can’t really be used as general plastic spoons for picnics or what-have-you. They would be useful as a measuring spoon in the kitchen – since they typically have 2.5ml and 5ml (half a teaspoon/full teaspoon) level markings on them to ensure correct dosage – but that’ll only going to use one or two of them maximum. I’m going to contact the companies behind the medicines I use most often to see if they have any recycling advice but most generic plastic cutlery is made from Polystyrene (plastic number 6), which is not usually recycled, so chances are we won’t be able to fling these little spoons into our plastic recycling bin any time soon. Any suggestions for reuses?

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Dumb-Bell Cutlery Lets You "Eat Yourself Skinny"

September 21, 2011 by  
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Images credit Cheeky.com TreeHugger is always promoting a healthy diet and lots of exercise, so how could we pass on this simple way of combining the two. Dumb-Bell Cutlery gives you a work-out while you eat, with 1kg (2.2 lbs) knifes and 2 kg. dessert spoon (because you only use one at a time). Cheaper than sterling flatware at $ 160 per setting…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Seven fantastic ways to transform rubbish into storage

January 6, 2011 by  
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I don’t know about you but I’m itching to get a start on spring cleaning this year – or rather spring decluttering – and as well as getting rid of a whole bunch of stuff, I’d like to have better, neater storage for the stuff I have. Here are some of the ways I’ll be making recycled storage solutions from rubbish around our home: Cereal boxes (or scrap cardboard) into magazine files We have approximately eleventy-hundred tons of paper in the house at the moment – even if half can be thrown away, that’s a whole lot of stuff that needs filing

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How can I reuse or recycle whiteboard marker pens?

January 5, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Julie asking: Can I recycle whiteboard marker pens?

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