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Re-using, recycling, new uses for old things.

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by alleycat, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. alleycat

    alleycat Active Member

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    I got the idea for this thread from this one. https://veganforum.org/threads/dilemma-about-an-antique-brass-birdcage.3209/
    My gardening bench is an old door on a couple of saw horses, an old microwave is a cupboard for seed storage, an old wine holder is now used for holding small hand tools, old baking racks make good shelving and drainage trays, old kitchen cutlery is useful for getting into small areas.
    An old dressing table has been used for planting strawberries, an old ice bucket sits under the tap half filled with stones makes an extra bird bath. Old baths make good garden beds.
    Any old cotton clothes beyond being reused are used as mulch. Even my cats are useful to the birds, the loose hair I brush off them I leave little tufts near the bird baths in late winter early spring . The willy wagtails, finches, friar birds and ravens seem to make the most use of it.
    Any body else have some ideas to share ?
     
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  2. alleycat

    alleycat Active Member

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    In the sewing room an old wardrobe is used for storing material, patterns etc, old milk crates stack in there very nicely. An old kitchen bench makes for extra work space. Jars with screw top lids for storing buttons, and other small odds and ends.
    We have an industrial hose shop near us and have managed to get some reels of different sizes. With a cushion on top 1 is used as a foot rest, 1 I am doing up to be a coffee table. I am waiting for some carpet off cuts from the local carpet shop to wrap around another one for the cats to use as a new scratching post.
     
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    I love this it's great! Thanks for all the tips. My roommate and I who are vegan do some of this, we re-use things, we have a huge collection of jars of course, that we use for tea and coffee and take to the co-op to fill with pasta, nutritional yeast, nuts and dried fruit. I use a "tree cookie" I got at the first homecoming of my college as a table where I put my clock, cell phone, and drinking glass on top of a used item I obtained from the street, and cover with a pretty scarf from a thrift store.

    My college is great for this. It's why I chose them. They do a yearly event where art students (and others) make sculptures from old materials, and they also do a "trash-ion" show. I got some of our kitchen gear and some of my clothes and my reading lamp from used, up-cycled items on campus.

    You've really gone above and beyond with this, and I applaud you. While my roommates and I use old shopping bags for bathroom trash and recycling under the sink instead of buying trash bags, you've done incredibly creative things!

    Like I said we drink out of Ball and Mason jars and buy goods this way in bulk, and re-use other containers as make-shift Tupperware. But I haven't gone this creative, so good for you, it's a goal to approach.

    I think I don't feel impelled enough being vegan, re-using everything, always recycling, and I literally sleep on the floor on a Japanese shiki futon, and don't own a television. Like I live this minimalist lifestyle. I unplug the coffee pot, I unplug my cell phone, my laptop, my sleep machine. I shop in re-usable bags at the co-op and re-use the paper or plastic ones I buy for ten cents as trash bags.

    My roommate does though. She's got "white guilt" though. She's blonde, blue-eyed, beautiful, her parents paid for her to go to college, and she has a nice bed. I sometimes wonder if that's why she tries harder than me to be WFPB. Just saying.
     

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