How can I reuse or recycle boring white buttons?

August 19, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Sally: I always snip buttons from old clothes before using them for rags but after a few years of my three’s school shirts, I’ve got more plain white buttons than I know what to do with. If they were pretty I’d keep them for crafts but they’re boring! Any ideas? They could be revamped/upcycled to make them a bit more exciting: I saw a tutorial for spray painting plain buttons a few weeks ago – I’m not a fan of spray paints in general but if you had some ends of cans leftover from other projects, that certainly is one option. An alternative would be to use them to make fabric covered buttons , using up tiny bits of reclaimed material. Aside from that, they could be used as they are in lieu of beads or the like in a homemade percussion instrument (not one for small kids). Any other ideas on how they can be reused?

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What can I reuse or recycle to make a large wine rack?

February 22, 2011 by  
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Long-time Recycle This friend Alice has emailed to ask about making a large wine rack: I make loads of home brew wine and beer, and I could really do with a very big wine rack. Any ideas on how I could make one out of recycled stuff?

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How can I reuse or recycle old duvets?

November 29, 2010 by  
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We’ve covered sheets & valances and feathers & down – but not intact duvets themselves. I was thinking about duvets last week – not just because I spent much of Thursday wrapped up in one and the rest of the week wishing I was wrapped up in one, but also because I saw this insulating blind tutorial .

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How can I reuse or recycle old musical instrument reeds?

November 26, 2010 by  
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Amber sent us an email asking about reeds from musical instruments: I’ve got TONS of old alto saxophone reeds lying around, and was wondering if anybody had an idea about how to reuse/recycle them? I am incredibly unmusical but Wikipedia tells me reeds tend to be make from cane, although there are an increasing amount of synthetic ones in use. The first idea that springs to mind is turning them into some sort of jewellery – a subtle nod to your musical skills

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Five fantastic reuses for expanded Polystyrene foam packaging

November 25, 2010 by  
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Expanded polystyrene, the moulded white shapes you get as protective packaging when you buy electronics or large toys etc, is a pain to recycle – it can be recycled now but not many places collect it.

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How can I reuse or recycle Brussels Sprout stalks/stems?

November 24, 2010 by  
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Long time Recycle This-er Lizzy has asked about “the big brussels sprout stalk thing”: Any ideas for the big brussels sprout stalk things? Oh, and can you eat the leaves that are sometimes on top? I think the easiest thing to do here would be to reduce in the first place – don’t buy sprouts in the first place, they’re horrible 😉 If you do insist on eating them though, apparently the leaves can be cooked like cabbage.

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February 17, 2010 by  
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We salute you,  sexy ones, as you keep coming to us with great ideas on how to throw a green event.  Check out the February spotlight on John and Allyson Lindsley’s green wedding, complete with ideas on how to keep your impact low, but your style and class high.  One specific to consider?

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