What’s the purpose?

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Finger fun with forks

A repairer at our local Repair Café recently told me that the back brace of a windscreen wiper is good for making lock picks. He’s a juggler with a circus school, so he may have a legitimate need to pick locks (when the escapologist can’t?)

When it comes to being environmentally aware and saving resources, we have to learn a list of words beginning with ‘r’ to add’ to the existing green lexicon – recycling, re-using, refusing, reducing.

Two relatively new kids on the block are ‘re-purposing’ and ‘upcycling’. Like the mis-use of ‘recycling’, the two are often used interchangeably. For pedants like me, try this from Mike – co-founder of reCreate Design Co in Sweden; she writes…

“Upcycle, in very simple terms, is taking something and making it better. It’s the reuse of an item that will still be used in the same way – but it looks new and improved. Upcycling can be achieved through paint, add-ons, new upholstery, etc. Repurpose, quite simply, is taking one thing and reusing [or re-creating?] it as something else. “

document-holder-hackThen there’s ‘hack’ by which I don’t mean listening in to  phone messages and e-mails. In this context, a ‘hack’ is a clever solution to a potentially tricky problem. To hack is to modify, or apply an unintended use for, something in a creative way. For me the key element of a hack is the ingenuity brought to practical problem-solving (even if that’s making something you need when you can’t afford to buy). My current favourite hack is to use a retailer’s plastic trouser hanger as a document holder.

All this is a long-winded way of announcing my plan to share my passion for re-purposing through highlighting some examples (some my own, some from others) from time to time on this blogsite.

The first in the series – coming soon – will be a Soap Sock. Feel free to share your own favourite re-purposing and hacking by replying to this blog.

Further reading: 

Recreate Design Co  http://recreatedesigncompany.com

Words to cut waste https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/words-to-cut-waste

The forgotten ‘r’  https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/the-forgotten-r-reduce-reuse-recycle-and-repair

Soap Sock https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/green-and-grey-repurpose-soap-sock 

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3 thoughts on “What’s the purpose?

  1. Pingback: Green and Grey Repurpose – Soap Sock | Enterprise Essentials

  2. charliejuggler

    Here’s the lockpicking hack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om-P0Xxv3FE from the aforementioned juggler. I’ve got a pretty long list of hacks but a few favourites:
    – wooden clothespegs to hold together paper/plastic packets of nuts, seeds, rice, coffee etc. to keep them fresh. Rubber bands also work as do old hairbands (recyclable since my 8-year-old daughter went off pink). I prefer wooden clothespegs to plastic ones as the latter always seem to degrade in the wind & sun and crack.
    – seasonal hack: saving bits of the decoration on posh crackers as Christmas tree or table decorations, and turning cardboard chocolate bar sleeves into gift tags (these both courtesy of my wife)
    – cardboard loo roll inners make great temporary pots for seedlings, especially sweet peas that need a long root run. You can plant them in bigger pots whole and they’ll simply rot down.
    – finally, a juggling one: I’ve made colour-changing lit up glow juggling clubs from cheap solar garden lights!

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