How can I reuse or recycle pretty synthetic lingerie?

November 11, 2011 by  
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Over on The Really Good Life , we’re in the middle of a decluttering month , with the hope of developing a general habit of asking “do we need or even want this?” rather than getting blind to things that have been on shelves for years. I’m also setting a weekly mini-challenge to focus our attention on specific areas: this week has been often overlooked spots in the wardrobe . We remember to sort through our shirts or jumpers regularly, but what about smaller things? As I’ve already said, I got rid of a whole load of old trainer socks a couple of months ago. Around the same time, I also got rid of about twenty pairs of old knickers that had been cluttering up my underwear drawer – ones that no longer fitted properly or I didn’t like the style any more, but previously couldn’t bring them to throw them away because … well, I’m not very good at throwing anything away. The other day, as part of the mini-challenge, I continued on that theme: I got rid of some old tights (well, moved them into my craft stash for some reuse), put aside some barely worn bras for eBay, sent a couple of pairs of unworn pyjamas to the charity shop and found a few “silky” things – pretty camisole sets – from years ago that I no longer wear. It’s all made out of synthetic fabric too, so even if I could fit into it now, I wouldn’t be able to wear it because synthetics make me sweat unattractive amount of sweat and that’s not a good thing with lingerie! One set still had the tags on it (sigh) so I’ll give that to a charity shop as they should be able to sell it on but I don’t know whether they’d be particularly interested in the rest, so I’m imagining it might be better to think of other reuses for them. The fabric is all light & floaty: some opaque, some lighter than that and some are patterned, others plain black. I very much like some of the abstract floral patterns – which is why I bought them in the first place – but they’re too light and flimsy for the type of crafts I usually do (I’m all about the practical these days and I don’t think they’ll make a very good shopping bag or anything like that). I could just add them to my fabric stash on the off-chance I’ll need them for something in the future, but that doesn’t seem very in the decluttering spirit, just shifting the problem somewhere else! So any ideas for reuses? Know of any specific craft projects that would make it worth my while keeping them in my stash? Any more practical reuses?

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Want to Save the World? Throw a Really Good Party

September 21, 2011 by  
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Image credit: The 4th Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival When I wrote about the annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival last year , I likened it to a revival of the harvest festivals that have been a part of almost every agrarian culture in history. But really, the idea spreads even wider than food and farming—if we want to create lasting, cultural change we need to throw more parties. Really good ones. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Iowa: Now 20% Wind-Powered

August 11, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Taylor Dundee via Flickr/CC BY Iowa now gets a higher percentage of its power from wind than any other state in the nation. The Des Moines Register is reporting that Iowa’s wind generation hit the 20% mark last quarter, supplying the state with a full one fifth of its energy needs. That’s really good — like, Denmark go… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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What can I reuse or recycle to make a vertical garden/living wall?

April 26, 2011 by  
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Readers of my simple/DIY living blog The Really Good Life will already know that I’m trying to make more efficient use of the space in my garden this year – I’ve been making lots of planters and raised beds from scrap wood (including this weekend, a 3ftx3ft bed for square foot gardening from our old bathroom cupboard doors) and I’m also interested in vertical gardening – creating a living wall of salad, herbs and companion plants. I’ve explored the various different types of wall planters/hangers that you can buy – from essentially shelves, to window boxes, fabric bags and complicated systems – but me being me, I would prefer to make them myself, ideally reusing and recycling stuff I already have stashed around the place.

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ABC Runs Really Good Prime Time Story on Climate Change (Video)

January 14, 2011 by  
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What one thing would you like to see everyone reduce, reuse or recycle in 2011?

January 4, 2011 by  
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Happy New Year everyone! Last year, at the start of 2010, I asked everyone what they were going to reduce, reuse and recycle in 2010 .

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What can I reuse or recycle to make a moneybox/piggy bank?

October 5, 2010 by  
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A couple of weeks ago on The Really Good Life , I was umming and ahhing about whether or not to buy an automatic chicken coop door .

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Definitions for being green: you a treehugger, a hippy, a Bright Green?

September 30, 2010 by  
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Over on The Really Good Life today, I’ve asked a question: I’m not self-sufficient, so what I am? I’m asking how people who grow their own food, making their own stuff, cook their meals etc define themselves — I might be alone on the issue but I don’t like calling myself “self-sufficient” because I’m not and I never will be, so it seems wrong & naive to call myself that. So I’m asking what other people in a similar situation call themselves or how they define their lifestyles

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The Really Good Life: Baking things that’ll last

September 10, 2010 by  
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Hey guys, sorry I haven’t got time to write a full Recycle This post today – but can I point you to the latest article on my new blog The Really Good Life ?

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Reduce This: How can you tell when something is good quality?

August 26, 2010 by  
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Over on my new frugal living/growing/cooking blog The Really Good Life today, I’ve asked a Reduce This related question: How can you tell when something is good quality? The first stage of the recycling triangle is Reduce – reduce the amount of things you buy/use and buy items that’ll last and can be repaired rather than ones that need replacing frequently — but how can you tell what will last?

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