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Hello fellow consumers,

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This Weeks Discussion Theme: Repurpose reuse

Society at large is consumer culture. That is to continuously consume new products and toss away “old” ones. As you know: Don't Ask Questions, Just Consume Product and Then Get Excited for Next Products! This weekly the focus is on what to do with those old products. I know, I know the idea is crazy because you NEED those new products. Your old ones are obsolete don’t ask questions. But what if you didn’t need the new products? What if you could repurpose and reuse what you already have?
Discussion ideas:

  • Is there any items or products you repurpose or reuse? How?
  • What matters to you when it comes to repurpose / reuse, saving money or the environment?
  • Are there any items/products that you simply can’t repurpose or reuse but wish you could?

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Swagmastermcdankass 25 points ago +25 / -0

Lately I’ve been trying to do more for the environment, driving less walking more, using less paper and disposables. And to germinate my tomato seeds I’m reusing an old egg carton. It’s small things but a step in the right direction for sure !

LFCIRE96 2 points ago +2 / -0

Wait do people really believe in climate change on here?

Swagmastermcdankass 14 points ago +14 / -0

Not as the left will say, but I just believe in a general respect and care for the earth is an overall good thing. I’m not proposing stopping all cow farts, just help where you can and what not.

Porkinfusedbullets 3 points ago +5 / -2

Exactly. We don’t believe in taxing people to make Bill Gates richer in the name of climate change. But...farm animals use crazy amounts of land, chicken is most efficient: it takes 7 calories of feed to produce 1 calorie of chicken meat. I think beef it’s 25:1. If you don’t hunt, chicken has the lowest impact on land use.

Hunting is the best use of land as far as protein production. On a per acre basis, you get about 5x lbs of wild game than you would growing corn or grains for a feed lot and harvesting domestic cattle.

Harambe 1 point ago +1 / -0

Meat is also incredibly energy dense.

Sorry, not going to sacrifice that for anyone or anything. I will eat meat. I am an omnivore and eat many things. Including lots, and lots of Beef. It's not as bad as PETA makes it out to be. Deal with it.

laughingdingo 18 points ago +18 / -0

All of my furniture is second hand. It's good quality, some of it antique, and I refuse to pay $300 for a single chair from Ikea. One of my properties has a recycling plant operating on it, every now and again I go down there to do some good old fashioned bin diving and always get good stuff, anything from fencing materials to home decor. Granted, not everyone has free skip access at a recycling plant, but they often have little shops set up at their sites where they sell cheaply anything that's worth saving.

I cut up my old cotton clothes for rags, ever since I heard about microfibres leeching into the environment. I recently built a privacy fence for my houseyard out of old steel stock panels and shadecloth, and a table made of wooden pallets which isn't the best material for durability but for something to put shit on out in the yard it's fine. Old tyres too, I get them off the rims and use them as garden beds. Even my dog's collar is made from an old leather belt.

At my knackery I've been saving the fat from the horses and turning it into horse oil, but there's only so much I can use, I don't know what to do with it. Once upon a time I would've saved the hides and taken them to the tannery, but they don't do small orders anymore. Someone told me that it's worthwhile collecting the gallstones from the cattle and selling them to the Chinese, not sure how feasible this really is though.

DIESEL_SHUNTER 12 points ago +12 / -0

I bought a car seat from a junkyard for 700 rupees (that's like 10$) it's THE most comfortable chair you can buy for that price. Granted it's heavy, bulky, hard to move around, and that I have to build a stand (and armrests) for it, but my parents don't have a single piece of furniture worth sitting on. After sitting in it for a while, my mother demanded one for herself! Haven't built the stand yet - father caught coofvid and I need to take care of him - but it will be done in a month or two. Pussies are gonna get wet and panties are gonna drop when I tell chicks about it xD

Re the horse oil: I didn't know what it is and looked it up. Was going to say 'when life gives you oil make biodiesel' but this seems too exotic for that.

Workingdays 3 points ago +3 / -0

Try to find a nackered office chair for the stand. I did it with an old recaro car seat and office chair on wheels. Get a sheet of steel, drill holes to match the car seat bolt holes, drill holes that match the chair support on the office chair.

Total cost, about 1ft square of 3mm mild steel and a drill bit.

Hope your dad gets well soon.

DIESEL_SHUNTER 2 points ago +2 / -0

That's actually a very good idea, I've seen people do it on youtube. My concern is that this chair will be in the living room and it is quite hard to make it look pretty with an office chair stand. I am weighing my options.

Thanks, father is great, he's bored because he's not used to sitting at home all day like a faggot lol

Workingdays 1 point ago +1 / -0

If it's for a living room then take inspiration from the top gear studio over the years.

ModsBanPaleos 2 points ago +2 / -0

Rupees? Are you a poo in the loo?

DIESEL_SHUNTER 1 point ago +1 / -0

What can I say, I just do the needful.

KonyHawk_ProSlaver 6 points ago +6 / -0

Bedbugs are terrifying. Depending on the area you're in, it's just not worth the risk buying second-hand something you can't cook in your car on a hot summer day.

Blursed2021 3 points ago +3 / -0

You have a knackery?

Mrs762x51mm 15 points ago +15 / -0

I try to use anything I can again if possible. I really like to live simply (and with limited space) if I don’t use things in a timely manner I toss it.

We had two old washers and a dryer and made them into nesting boxes for our chickens, a few ducks lay in them as well. I also have an old bagger for a riding lawn mower I use for duck nesting boxes.

I am brooding chicks and I am using an old egg carton for the feeder. I use an old milk jug for ducklings water. I have 5 gallon buckets I made into hanging waters for chickens. The cows have a few blue plastic barrels cut off for treats.

I have a cut off IBC tote I am growing duckweed in for fodder.

The chickens we process are often caped and then used for fly tying.

My favorite drinking cup is a canning jar. I always try and reuse glass containers. I use them to pop seeds, start cuttings, to hold loose change, pens and my sink scrubber. I also sell kefir grains and the small ones are useful for that.

Plastic containers are especially useful to me since I put scraps in them for poultry. I also use them to start seeds, just add some drainage. I have square ones in junk drawers for organization.

I have a bunch of plates I got second hand I use under my house plants to collect the water.

All my food scraps I don’t feed to our poultry goes into compost, our birds provide an excellent base. We are working on a system with old pallets for the compost. We use the compost on our garden beds.

I made some mosquito traps out of old juice bottles and old beer.

I made some Alpaca Poo fertilizer yesterday, the best natural poo fertilizer.

I keep old fabric so I can make pot holders, or just rags for clean up.

Shoe boxes are always kept around as they make good holders for odds and ends.

Plastic grocery bags can be useful, as well as cardboard boxes, we put our overflow of eggs in them when we don’t have enough flats.

I have a few boxes of old insulators I purchased at a rummage sale I have been meaning to make into lamps, but right now I have a few that I designed and 3D printed stands for. I put tweezers and grooming tools in them.

Old railroad ties that work well as coat hangers, they work well in our cabin, not so much in drywall.

I use old socks for putting my hair in buns.

I used to do a lot of thrift shopping but with a 4 month old shopping isn’t something I care to do. I always did find good deals not only clothing. (The Goodwill outlet is incredible, they sell clothing by the pound, not item.) However, now I am focusing more on a few quality items made of natural fabric that will last for all members of our family.

Ammo cans are great for repurposing. I used full ones as kettle bells for working out. Also, 50 gallon barrels and rocks work well if weights or barbells aren’t available. Ottomans can be used for a bench, coffee table makes a good spot for step ups. Backpacks or plate carriers with gear/plates are good as weighted vests.

I use baby cloth diaper flats as burp rags. Swaddle blankets make good nursing covers, also good spot to change baby or sit outside.

I am addicted to Craigslist, I rarely if ever buy new furniture. I try and buy all baby stuff used as the off gassing has already occurred. Farm and garden is my favorite sub.

I wish we could reuse coolant for my husbands CNC machine, it’s nontoxic but definitely not reusable.

I lived off grid for a few years building our cabin, 60 miles from shopping, so I have acquired skills in this department. I enjoy not having to buy items when I can.

rubberbiscuit 1 point ago +1 / -0

You absolutely win ConsumeProduct.

TheRealPizzaPope 14 points ago +14 / -0

Back before the consumerism boom, everything WAS BUILT TO LAST. Whenever something broke, people would simply fix it. Now whenever something breaks people just throw it out and replace it.

As far as me, I like to live small (minimalist, but that word was fucked by retard hipsters). Have just enough things and take care of what you own. If its been in the closet for five years and it hasn't been touched, throw it out and don't replace it.

DenKon_Zenith 8 points ago +8 / -0

Back when I worked retail, people would bring in used/broken computers all the time for our recycling service. I usually went through everything first and would strip things like printers and scanners for anything that seemed useful or reusable for my hobbies. It's been quite a few years since, and I've still got piles of screws, springs, and linear rods from stuff just waiting for a matching project. Combine those with a few 3D printed bits, and ideas become reality almost for free.

In the future, I want to build a filament manufacturing setup, so I can re-use busted old prints, scraps, and failures to make new filament.

KonyHawk_ProSlaver 7 points ago +7 / -0

I cleaned out some nice candle jars for storage this week.

Pop it in the freezer for a few hours, let it thaw, then the leftover wax cracks out pretty easily with a butter knife, along with the wick and glue. You can pour in a little boiling water to help. Just do it over the trash can, not your kitchen sink... You don't want that clogged with wax.

Arizona_Dude 7 points ago +7 / -0

I sold all my Pokemon cards yesterday for double/triple of what I purchased them for. I collected for nostalgia and because I actually played the card game.Now the game is being ruined by greed/gambling, scalpers leaving shelves bare even for new product, and people worshiping the cards like idols.

I wish I could repurpose those, but it's not really possible unless I want to ruin their value. Trading Cards are just pretty to look at without a game to go with them, nothing else. Same with sports cards.

I'm doing the same for quite a bit of the "manchild" things on my shelves. Legos, Toys, Gaming consoles, etc... I don't need those things. I'm 30. It's time to grow up. The only Legos I'm interested in is realistic space related ones (NASA), because I'm in the Aerospace industry and they're nice to put above my cube at work.

Anyways, in other things, some furniture I have (my dresser for example) were bought from a thrift store 7 years ago on the cheap and it works perfectly still. My desktop PC is over 10 years old and running strong. I plan to go to a thrift store or two and get non-soyboi shelf decorations.

MGTAU 3 points ago +3 / -0

Keep Lego in case you have kids or nephews or something. Those are worth more than gold at this point.

Harambe 1 point ago +1 / -0

If only adults could stop consooooming toys and pushing up prices.

Arizona_Dude 1 point ago +1 / -0

True. I plan to bring the legos I have in my apartment back to my parent's house next week while down there and store them there since we have like 4 bins full of legos there anyways from my childhood.

Arizona_Dude 6 points ago +6 / -0

Not sure if this belongs here, but a channel I subscribed to (Meow Wolf) on youtube is talking about reusing materials commonly thrown away. Episode 1 is here:


MGTAU 4 points ago +4 / -0

Meow wolf actually exists in New Mexico. Go there sometime its really interesting.

Arizona_Dude 2 points ago +2 / -0

I plan to go to Omega Mart in a few months on my Vegas/West Coast Food/Vacation Trip with friends.

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happybillmoney [S] 7 points ago +7 / -0

Until you one day feel like a hoarder and need to get rid of numerous pickle and jam jars. Totally agree though.

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durgasoft 2 points ago +2 / -0

I've started using them to make better versions of the things I bought. Helps avoid having to search the grocery store for something that doesn't have sugar and soybean oil as the top 2 ingredients.

Leadforpeds 6 points ago +6 / -0

Get wooden pallets from local businesses or other sources and break them down into planks. They make for great standing garden material and can be used on tons of other projects too. Make sure the boards are not sprayed with any chemicals before using them for a garden, and I would power wash them before use just to be safe.

Rimeofthemariner 4 points ago +4 / -0

I work in a warehouse and take home may pallets and boxes. All are marked if heat or chemical treated so I grab the ones need.

weizkangz 5 points ago +5 / -0

Is there any items or products you repurpose or reuse? How?

Any glass jar from the store can be reused, just wash it in the dishwasher and keep the lid. Some mustard jars can be used as drinking glasses or vases for flowers. I have also heard about using bigger glass jars as a container for growing mushrooms but i have never tried it.

Expired first aid supplies (you do have a first aid kid, right???) can be used as training tools to freshen up your skills, same for used pepper spray and what have you.

Clothing items can be handed down inside the family or torn up and used as disposable rags for situations where something really nasty spilled out.

What matters to you when it comes to repurpose / reuse, saving money or the environment?

Environment 100%, saving money is more of a side effect for me. Money can be printed all the time, but you only get one earth.

Are there any items/products that you simply can’t repurpose or reuse but wish you could?

What should i do with old mobile phones that are no longer supported (operating system can no longer be updated etc.)? The only thing i can think of is as an emergency device.

zzbg 1 point ago +1 / -0

Electronics recycling does exist.

BlackFang4 4 points ago +4 / -0

I do some small things for convenience's sake. I don't really care about my individual carbon impact or environmental footprint because it's orders of magnitude smaller than what a single Indian factory pours out in a year, but I like to do small things like reuse the bags at Kroger as trash sacks, use other bags as small trash can liners. I only buy pencil lead and refill the same pencil I've been using, I never buy full on pencils. I dry clothes naturally so they don't meet a heat death via a heat dryer. Little things like these can make a product go further, and it helps to feel neat and clean.

laughingdingo 7 points ago +7 / -0

Is it true that Americans typically don't use clothes lines and instead just use dryers?

zzbg 6 points ago +6 / -0

I'd say majority yes. Some people that live in more rural areas have/use clotheslines but even then a lot of people just use them for special items that could be ruined by the dryer. Dryer is a lot faster, so that's what most people use.

happybillmoney [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

You know I find that to be the weirdest thing. Learned from family the usefulness of a clothes line. It's great for things like towels, and sheets. And really useful if you have wet beach towels during summer. But many perceive it to be lowbrow and home owners associations outright ban it or send fines.

You would think with all the "care" to be green people would have a high opinion of clothes lines. But what do I know.

ChicagoMAGA 4 points ago +4 / -0

The only house I have ever seen with a clothesline was my grandparents' house. The convenience of the dryer is only what I know. Dress shirts that I got custom-made go to the cleaners per the tailor's instructions. Everything else to the machines.

BlackFang4 4 points ago +4 / -0

Probably true, I have literal clotheslines outside to dry clothes on though.

rubberbiscuit 1 point ago +1 / -0

Most use dryers, i bet 95%. I do too, but my wife and I both like line drying when we can. We started doing this after a 2017 trip to Italy. I forced our family to bring a small back pack of clothes for a 2 week trip and we stayed at all airbnbs and each had a washer but no dryer so we were amazed at how much clothes can dry on those little clothes line things off a window in a small apartment. We have a pretty large yard so I clip a really long rope from one hook to another and hang a bunch of clothes on those on nice days in summer. But somehow a bird always seems to find it for target practice. How do you do line drying in winter?

laughingdingo 1 point ago +1 / -0

You need a Hills Hoist


Obviously line drying outdoors in cold and rainy climates wouldn't work too well though. You need to hang them up under cover, and they take a long time to dry.

AlmostBased 4 points ago +4 / -0

First, I always make sure that I spend my money wisely, so i don't have that much that I reuse. When I do buy things, I make sure they are high quality and not dog shit consumerist material so that it is worth repairing when it does break.

I reuse shopping bags as trash bags, though I usually bring my own reusable bag.

I also turn used paper into origami projects

ChicagoMAGA 4 points ago +4 / -0

Any old clothing I have goes to textile recycling. There are these bins near me where you just put the clothing in a bag and put it in the bin. I like the idea that the clothing can just turned into couch stuffing or something similar.

I turned my old graphic tees that I wore in high school into wall decorations. It's a simple procedure of putting the shirt on a canvas and stapling them together.

I only reuse plastic bags I get from takeout. I put my sweaty gym clothes in them, and then there is a special bin nearby for recycling plastic bags.

I don't own a car so my life is pretty simple but if I had property and a vehicle then I would get more crafty.

happybillmoney [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yeah that is a good one. Old clothing makes for good shop rags imo. Especially denim. Never thought about making old graphic tees into wall decorations. Good idea.

Jeremiah17-9 4 points ago +4 / -0

I turn old shirts/socks into chew ropes for my dogs, old jeans get turned into charcloth for firestarting kits, we compost all non-meat/citrus organic trash, and I'm working on designing a little fractionation still that fits over a 55 gal drum that gets filled with lawn trimmings/branches/personal info so that I can always get purified water (or get pure ethanol for fuel purposes)

The_Dank_Astero 3 points ago +3 / -0

I thought long and hard about buying a Nintendo Switch for my Birthday. When I decided to buy it, I bought it second hand, used.

My old Xbox 360 can still function as a DVD player, or to revisit old games when I get bouts of nostalgia.

Theme: You know those plastic cups from Starbucks that you use and they are not intended to be reusable? We wash it and use it for other drinks as well in the Kitchen.

What is some advice and tips on how to curtail impulse buying?

Rimeofthemariner 3 points ago +3 / -0

We spent around $500 to furnish our entire house, my misso repairs our clothes and we try to produce or trade for home grown food.

SeproDep 3 points ago +3 / -0

I still use some of my old game systems.

If I ever get a new computer, I'll maybe use my old laptop as a private TF2 server.

I care about saving money.

I'd love to see someone try to bring a busted lightbulb back to life.

tabarnak 1 point ago +1 / -0

Even if you get a new computer, it doesn't necessarily have to be new either. Just got a thinkpad t420s which is like 9 years old and it works beautifully. I slapped linux on it too so it's even better.

Vanilla 2 points ago +2 / -0

Like everyone else in this thread, jam jars are weirdly useful for just about everything

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GeorgeFentanylFloyd 2 points ago +2 / -0

Use furniture etc as long as possible unless your house looks like shit because it’s so run down. I only replace furniture and decorations when it’s broken

Porkinfusedbullets 1 point ago +1 / -0

Food scraps, I compost. Using a worm bin with red worms, and throw in most of the fruits and vegetable scraps and used coffee grounds, you can make the richest compost known. It’s easy and takes 5 minutes a day, and 10 minutes a month to harvest the compost. You can use the worms for fishing, they keep breeding.

rubberbiscuit 1 point ago +1 / -0

Took this from a friend but it works. Use old wine bottles, fill them with water and you can put them into your garden a couple inches into your soil, the water drains out very slowly keeping the garden watered.

Both me and my wife keep pickle jars and any kind of glassware with a top for storage.

I wish that there was some way to reuse a cell phone. I don't think there is.

I do it just to not be wasteful, to not be a lazy piece of shit that would ruin the earth God gave us.

ThrowawayRV 1 point ago +1 / -0

There are some ways you can reuse cell phones. If it's still working, you can keep it as a back up in case you ever end up needing it, maybe your main day-to-day one could go missing or break, or maybe you know a relative who needs one, you get it. Alternatively, if it's a very old Android phone, you can install a custom version that will keep the phone more up-to-date, but they are very hard to install for inexperienced users (examples of custom versions you can install is LineageOS and PostMarketOS). If the phone doesn't work, you can sell it on Ebay since repair shops see value in the screen and some components, like the battery (though it depends on the model and state of the phone, of course).

NegativeRainbow 1 point ago +1 / -0

I've been using egg cartons, dryer lint, and waste wax from those wax melter incense things to make firestarters. Cut the carton to individual parts, bit of melted wax at the bottom to hold the dryer lint in place then a bit more on the top, pinch and twist the wax soaked lint into a wick and let dry. Great for camping and starting a charcoal grill.

If I had the space I'd be building a metal casting furnace as well as a wood gassifier setup that can produce a wood fuel and biochar that is great for fertilizer. But can't do much with how little space I have.

Davide 1 point ago +1 / -0

I reuse old computers, just install a lightweight distro of linux and the game is done. I refuse to pay hundreds of euros just to have the newest graphic card. I also reuse every food in my fridge making salad with all the veggies that are going to waste in a couple days. I also bought gymnastic rings so i don't have to pay a gym subscription and can train in the nature.

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