WISE OLD OWL

CREATIVE RECYCLING IDEAS

TECHNOLOGICAL DISOBEDIENCE

Although some of our younger generation think they invented Recycling or Upcycling, it is far from being a new thing. Our parents and grandparents who lived through the rationing and shortages of the war years had to repurpose everything from clothing to food waste just to survive.

'Technological Disobedience' was a term which came fro the years of the 1960's Cuban Crisis.

Due to restrictive effects of severe poverty, Cuban's were encouraged by their governments to become more creative and innovative, and then to share their ideas with others. When something stopped working they were encouraged to self-repair, or to find alternative uses. Some of their ideas although very creative were extreemly dangerous, but it started a much needed trend to recycle old products and used materials, saving on valuable resources.

With today's mass production and readily availability of modern day goods it has become a 'Dispsable world', it has become too easy and 'normal' for us to just throw away our old belongings and replace with the latest trend or newest model. We also tend to only look at a product or item for its original function or role, failing to see any alternative uses and therefore throw it in the bin.

We may no longer be at war or in such a state of poverty, but we still need to conserve our natural resources, and reduce waste that is hard to safely dispose of without damaging our environment.

Below are many 'Safe' ideas of recycling, if you have any ideas to share please send them .

FREEGLE

WHAT IS FREEGLE

FREEGLE IN WALES

FREEGLE

BUENGO

The goods and items we no longer need are often just what others desire to have. Instead of just throwing our things away we can offer them up for others to make use of.

Freegle is a great place to do this, offering items for free to those that need them, and often a place to find what we need to.

But sometimes goods are too good to just give away, they can be sold cheaply and with the proceeds given to charity. see Buengo

WHAT CAN WE DO WITH THESE OLD ITEMS ?

Choose from below and see some of our ideas

INHALERS

All used inhalers should be returned to a pharmacy to be disposed of safely.

They can be disposed of by the pharmacist with other drugs waste, this is then thermally treated to destroy the greenhouse gases. This environmentally safe disposal route is available at all pharmacies and is paid for by NHS England. 

Alternatively it is possible to recycle Inhalers at those pharmacies participating in the GSK scheme. 


COFFEE GROUNDS

If like me you live for your fresh filtered coffee, then everyday you will throw away endless filters full of coffee grounds.

But these grounds can be used elsewhere, below are a few simple ideas for re-use.

FURNITURE RINGS & SCRATCHES

Using left-over strong black coffee or still wet coffee grounds will help remove and restore furniture rings and scratches.

SOIL ADITTIVE

Add limited amounts to your composting bin or dig in to your garden to increase soil acidity. However do not add so much that it creates over-acididiy.

POT PLANTS

Mixing grounds into potting compost will increase soil acidity for the plants that thrive on acidic soil,

ANT CONTROL

Ants absolutely hate coffee, spread the grounds around bins or in areas with ant problems and they will soon move away.

ODOUR NEUTRALIZER

Although not quite pot-pourri, coffee grounds absorb smells if placed in bottom of bins or ashtrays.

FACIAL SCRUB

Mix together with Coconut oil and left to dry t a thick paste, coffee grounds make an effective face scrub, leave on for 15 - 60 minutes.

FREEGLE

There are many Freegle sites, each set up to cover different areas.

Join your local site/s and see what is being given away for free.

EXPLORE SOME RECYCLING VIDEOS

FREE BOTTLE TOP RECYCLING

You can now send your bottle tops for free via your local post office. Just pop them in the envelope with : Freepost LUSH GREENHUB ♻️♻️♻️

Please ensure all bottle tops are packaged well in either a carboard box or envelope 

#lush #recycling #reuse

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