15: Repurpose your rubbish

 repurpose your rubbish

We are very quick to throw things out. This is bad for the environment, but also for our bank accounts. We recently came across this video by BuzzFeed, and were saddened by the message it was sending out:

Buzzfeed-Things you need to throw away

This video tells us: throwing stuff in the bin is ok.

It’s not.

For your Simple Things today, try some of the following suggestions to counter this ‘throw away’ attitude  conveyed by BuzzFeed’s video.

Toothbrush– Sure, replace your toothbrush whenever you want, but don’t bin it. There are millions of uses for an old toothbrush: use it to clean the grout inbetween bathroom tiles, to stir a pot of paint, to clean your keyboard, numerous things for arts and crafts, scrubbing off moss, the list is endless.

Pillow – Wash it, dry clean it: you don’t need to throw it out. If it really is getting too scruffy, find out where you can recycle it.

Loofah – Also known as netted sponges or bath sponges. You can clean these very easily. Replacing them every three weeks is completely unnecessary. Pop them in the washing machine, or find out other ways how to clean your sponges. 

Contact lens cases – As well as standard contact lens case cleaning procedures, you can sterilise your empty contact lens case once a week by submerging it in boiling water for a few minutes.

Pans with anti-stick layers – Don’t use metal utensils. Your pan won’t scratch, you won’t need to replace it.

Sponges – Chuck them in the washing machine with your dishcloths and dishtowels. Alternatively, use them for jobs not involving things you eat from, for example the toilet, shower, or even garden furniture or the barbecue.

So seriously: Don’t throw it away. It is not junk. Re-use, re-purpose and recycle.

Throwing it in the bin should be the last resort.

We have been finding tons of Simple Things from all over the internet that you can do with your ‘junk’. Have a look at some of these, and remember, there is lots more out there, so happy browsing!

Thank you to to everyone who shared these finds on LifeHack.org.

Use a spring from an old pen to keep your charger from bending and breaking.

Use binder clips to fix broken keyboard feet

Clean out an old suncream bottle and use it to store money, keys and phone at the beach.

Turn an old bottle into a cord or phone holder. 

Use a bread clip to save your broken flip flops.

Tabs from soft drink cans can help you save space in your cupboard! 

Damaged wood furniture? Rub a walnut on the dents and scratches and they won’t be obvious at all.

Get more out of liquid make-up – Don’t throw away makeup in tubes just because it seems like they are empty. Cut them open, and scoop the makeup into plastic pots. This is a great way to save money on makeup.

Get more out of mineral make-up – Use a penny to remove the bottom part of the container. You will see that there is still a lot of make-up left underneath.

Reuse mascara brushes –  If you have a mascara brush you really like, you don’t have to throw it away when the mascara is gone. Clean it off, and use it with other types of mascara.

Make your own lip gloss – Don’t throw away your broken eye shadows. Instead, turn them into lip gloss. Crush the eye shadow into powder, then mix with petroleum jelly (like vaseline) to make any colour lip gloss you like.

Re-moisturise mascara – Add a few drops of saline solution to dried up mascara. This will make it moist and it will work as well as it did when you first bought it.


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