Not everyone realises that the reason the reduce and reuse come before recycle in the catch phrase "reduce, reuse, recycle" is that it is better to reduce what we buy and use, then we should reuse what we buy and then as a last resort we should recycle. So here is a little article on some of the things that we have made from other people's rubbish. I'd love more ideas on what can be reused and made into something useful, so pass on your tips here please. I'll make a list of all the things people have done.
Our biggest success story is out greenhouse. This is made from the windows from a friend of a friend's house. Apparently there are loads of old windows being taken out of houses every day and just getting dumped, so if you need a greenhouse go talk to a window installer!
The cutest story is about Kaboodle's house. She's our cat and Chris decided she needed somewhere to sit when it was raining. So he gathered all the wood that we had collected from beaches and from old pallets and made the little house you see below.....awe.
Close up on the house name below
The newest story is about our cold frame which Chris made, again. It is insulated as well so it keeps it's heat very well. At the moment our tomato and coriander seeds are trying to germinate in there. It gets up to 22 degrees in the sun so it's really effective. Again, it was all made from rubbish that we had collected up over the last couple of years. I'm trying to fit a solar heater to it but I can get the water to stop leaking out. Any ideas?
It takes alot less energy to reuse stuff than to ship things off to other countries, process them and ship them back. It also leaves alot more room for creativity. We've loads of other stories about reusing rubbish which I'll put up soon.