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    TigerLily
    Don't just throw them away...
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    • 2nd Jul 04, 3:30 PM
    Don't just throw them away... 2nd Jul 04 at 3:30 PM
    Some good uses for items that would otherwise be thrown away:

    Save up the free carrier bags from tescos, Sainbury's etc and use them as bin liners for small bins, especially kitchen bins. They even have handles so are easy to tie up and throw away. You won't save megabucks but it is very environmentally friendly and personally I think they are stronger than the white plastic variety!

    Fill empty milk cartons with water and use instead of dumbbells! My mum has upper arms like a champion badminton player and at no cost.

    Any others?

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 11-04-2006 at 2:10 PM.
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    • Chipps
    • By Chipps 2nd Jul 04, 5:56 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 04, 5:56 PM
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
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    • 2nd Jul 04, 5:56 PM
    Re the "free" carrier bags from supermarkets, thereare any number of websites that tell you how to reuse/make things from them.
    One idea is to cut them into strips & crochet things out of them!! ;D
    Fortunately, I am crazy enough to have done this - to make a joke gift for my grandma. She is 95 and is the queen of the plastic bag. She puts everything (well, almost) in plastic bags. If she goes on holiday all her clothes are packed in individual bags, all her sheets are in the ottoman in plastic bags and so on, and so on.
    So I crocheted a doily for her out of a plastic bag... as an appropriate present ;D ;D
  • cathy
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    • 2nd Jul 04, 8:43 PM
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
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    • 2nd Jul 04, 8:43 PM
    you know those huge huge milk bottles and orange juice containers etc

    the bigger the better

    cut the tops off so you have a big pot fill full of soil and plants

    hang on the fence once the trailing plants have trailed and they look lovely dotted all over the fence
    • angela110660
    • By angela110660 2nd Jul 04, 9:31 PM
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    • 2nd Jul 04, 9:31 PM
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
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    • 2nd Jul 04, 9:31 PM
    I hate plastic milk thingies - we are lucky enough to still have the milkman to return the bottles to. However, if I get plastic bottles eg squash I use them as watering cans for the hanging baskets. I also cut them in half to use as mini cloches when we plant out baby plants and want to protect them from the slugs and birds to get established. Very useful.
    • lswwong
    • By lswwong 8th Jul 04, 2:29 PM
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    • 8th Jul 04, 2:29 PM
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    • 8th Jul 04, 2:29 PM
    I confess to being a closet hausfrau ..... have been using supermarket bags as bin liners for the last ten years. Purposefully, I bought a kitchen bin which is just the right size for using such bags. Also, I tend not to take bags from supermarkets and bring my own shopping holdalls. An anomaly! However, friends and colleagues give me loads of theirs. So there is a steady supply of these bags.

    In terms of dealing with junk mail, I tend to open them, sort out which bits can go into the recycling pile, and which bits e.g. the window envelope which cannot be recylcled becomes trash. Then the envelopes etc I save up in a neat stash and use these to line the bottom of my kitchen bin as well as put into the bottom of the bin liner (carrier bag) when I change it in order to absorb excess moisture from the rubbish. (Dripping bags of rubbish are not very nice.) Most junk mail envelopes are a little waxy on the surface so that's handy for keeping moisture in the bag and not leak everywhere.

    At the office, I save things like bubble wrap and other packaging materials. They always come in handy at a later date and are otherwise expensive to purchase. The wrapper paper for realms of photocopying paper, when undone neatly i.e. not torn, I save for myself to use at home. I put a large sheet of paper, which is a little waxy and thick i.e. good for holding moisture, under my chopping board so any debris can go straight on to it. At the end of chopping, I just wrap up the lot and bin it. A neat and tidy way to work in the kitchen.
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    • 8th Jul 04, 5:03 PM
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
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    • 8th Jul 04, 5:03 PM
    LSW

    you sound just like me!

    We have used carrier bags in our bins for years, although I do carry reusable ones (usually 10p from supermarkets) in my handbags as they are stronger than normal supermarket ones.

    I always recycle any junk mail that hasn't got our details on (except envelopes, like your idea of lining bins).

    At work, I have a reputation for recycling any paper I can.
    • lswwong
    • By lswwong 9th Jul 04, 11:07 AM
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    • 9th Jul 04, 11:07 AM
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    • 9th Jul 04, 11:07 AM
    Hey Leafy Lou!

    That's so cool that you also save stuff like I do. (I am not alone, at last!)

    I used to work for an investment bank where the stationery always came in white jiffy bags. Most people just threw them into the bin when they have taken their stuff out. I saved a big stash for myself, in various sizes too. Then when I did a spate of selling on Amazon earlier this year, these saved jiffy bags came in handy and it costed me nothing i.e. my selling profits were improved.

    I think this thread is a good example of sensible and responsible consumption!
    • mutley74
    • By mutley74 9th Jul 04, 1:40 PM
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    • 9th Jul 04, 1:40 PM
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    • 9th Jul 04, 1:40 PM
    we sometimes collect used teabags in a container in the house, but not to use again. We open the contents and mix the tea in the garden outdoors and in some large flower pots we have outside, them mix it in the soil. Apparently the tea has some good properties to nourish the soil with nutrients over time. Saves buying plant food.
    • lswwong
    • By lswwong 9th Jul 04, 2:24 PM
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    • 9th Jul 04, 2:24 PM
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
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    • 9th Jul 04, 2:24 PM
    Coffee grounds and egg shells work too. But don't put too much in otherwise the soil might become too acidic.
  • cathy
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    when the old fart cuts the grass he puts all the cuttings in a bin bag and leaves it alone adds tea bags and UNCOOKED food to it over the weeks then tips it onto the compost heap

    not pleasant but boy does it get the compost heap going

    guy on the radio gardener said

    collect all the tea bags and grass cuttings put in a bucket and pee in the bucket every day for a fortnight

    lid on the bucket of course when not peeing in it

    and after 2 weeks youve got the best plant food you can get

  • trafalgar
    Re: Don't just throw them away...

    guy on the radio !gardener said

    collect all the tea bags !and grass cuttings !put in a bucket and pee in the bucket every day for a fortnight

    lid on the bucket of course when not peeing in it

    and after 2 weeks youve got the best plant food you can get
    Is that what you call an "outside toilet" ;D ;D
  • cathy
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    the rim of the steel bucket doesnt half cut into your bum tho :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[
  • trafalgar
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    the rim of the steel bucket doesnt half cut into your bum tho !:-[ :-[ :-[ :-[
    OUCH :
  • RachelD
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    Apart from using them as bin liners I use plastic carrier bags when I am cooking. I hang the bag over the edge of a kitchen drawer by the handles, and tip in whatever. If I'm baking it's eggshells, margarine wrappers and small leftovers of pastry and cherry cartons. I roll pastry out on a floured sheet of greaseproof paper and just gather up whatever detritus is left and tip in my bag. Same goes for fruit and vegetable peelings. Saves countless drippy or floury trips to the bin.

    I wash out small screw top jars like mustard jars and use to store small items like fuses or screws. They have also been used (once sterilised) for taking urine samples to hospital appointments. This saves your blushes as otherwise the only available container is often a 2lb coffee jar.
  • jill_2812
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    I keep a couple of the smaller plastic bags (the ones for putting fruit & veg in at the supermarket) handy when baking or doing other messy-handed cooking. If the phone goes I just slip my hands inside in order to answer it. Also if I want to turn on the tap, lift the kettle, open a drawer, etc.

    Jill
    • lswwong
    • By lswwong 11th Jul 04, 10:35 PM
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    lswwong
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    Just been clearing up in the office in anticipation of a move at the end of next week.

    Here are some of the things I found in the recycling bins:
    • Lots of card file dividers in good condition - worth 20
      2 presentation books - worth 30
      various plastic pockets and wallets - worth 5
      20 note
      unused notebooks - worth 5
      brand new business cards wallets folder - worth at least 5

    Amazing what people throw away just because they can't be bothered ??? ??? ???
  • Lucie
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    pee in the bucket every day for a fortnight
    The newsletter that comes with my (free) compost bin said that weeing into the compost bin is one of the best ways to speed up the composting process. Now I always empty my rabbit's litter tray into it - not quite got round to perching on the edge myself......!

    Another use for those plastic milk cartons - fill with water & freeze (remember to leave a gap at the top - water expands when frozen) & use as ice packs in your cool bag.

    I save my carriers for my local greengrocer - he saves money buying them, his prices stay low & they get re-used.
  • cathy
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    egg boxes are always welcomed by free range egg peeps as well
    • GlennTheBaker
    • By GlennTheBaker 14th Jul 04, 12:24 AM
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    GlennTheBaker
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    Sorry if this sounds like the bleedin' obvious but I recently bought a small, cheap electric paper shredder. Now even stuff which has personal details on can go in the recycle bag. I also bring all my work's junk mail and even used till rolls home for recycling.
    • aycor
    • By aycor 14th Jul 04, 2:29 AM
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    aycor
    Re: Don't just throw them away...
    The plastic water bottles with pull up tops can be used for oil. I dispense cooking ( olive or corn) oil into the small ones and then use it to drizzle oil on to frying pan in small controlled doses and saves money too as you don't over do the amount.
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