Zero Waste Week - tell us your best upcycling and re-use tips

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    oldhaggisoldhaggis Forumite
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    edited 20 January 2015 at 10:32AM
    Originally posted by ZeroWasteWeek re Christmas wrapping paper.
    My Grandma used to carefully unwrap then iron for reuse - I used to think she was mad and stingy, but it looks like there might be a few genes that have passed onto me after all!

    My mum was just the same. She worked in a hotel and on Christmas day she would gather up all the guests' discarded Christmas wrapping paper and bring it home. We would gently peel off the tape, trim it up and iron it flat for use the following year. We had some quite posh stuff from Harrods etc We never bought new wrapping paper. We also saved the folded gift tags and cut off the half with writing and made "new" ones out of the picture half.

    I still trim and save wrapping paper for family use. When my children were young I used the smaller pieces for pass the parcel at their birthday parties.
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    oldhaggis wrote: »
    My mum was just the same. She worked in a hotel and on Christmas day she would gather up all the guests' discarded Christmas wrapping paper and bring it home.

    That sounds amazing; I bet you had some wonderful stuff!

    And TravellingAbuela - I love the sound of your original wall art; you sound very creative :o
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  • TravellingAbuelaTravellingAbuela Forumite
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    That sounds amazing; I bet you had some wonderful stuff!

    And TravellingAbuela - I love the sound of your original wall art; you sound very creative :o

    Ooooh thank you! I have never ever been considered creative before but I am quite proud of my efforts with the picture!
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  • ZeroWasteWeekZeroWasteWeek Organisation Representatives - Private Messages may not be monitored
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    Ooooh thank you! I have never ever been considered creative before but I am quite proud of my efforts with the picture!

    Have you got a photo of your pic? I'd love to see it!
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    Have you got a photo of your pic? I'd love to see it!

    I have but I am on a new laptop and it won't let me do anything I want to do!! I had no problem with my old faithful desktop pc it co-operated with me, unlike this one!! If I ever get to grips with photos on it I shall post one!!
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  • Former_MSE_AndreaFormer_MSE_Andrea Former MSE
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    Hi everyone!

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  • MSE_Helen wrote: »
    "As part of our New Year’s Resolutions campaign we hosted a #dumpyourjunk decluttering Twitter chat with founder of ‘Zero Waste Week’ Rachelle Strauss..."

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    Yay! And I'm in there :) Thanks Helen and Andrea.
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    Just posted this on anouther thread so you might see it twice :rotfl:

    Yesterday I made this usefull bag or better known as a peg bag.
    This is the latest of x4 peg bags I have sewn from "use to be" fabric.
    The Flower fabric, I bought from a CH (= no longer loved item).
    The fully lined inside is from a yellow sheet. The zip, I unpicked from use to be clothes.
    The secret to success is making very small, yet constant changes.:)
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    Does this count?

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    I have turned it around :p
    Holds lots of family photos. The plastic photo holder I found in the bin :( no longer loved :( gave it a new home :)
    The secret to success is making very small, yet constant changes.:)
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