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Reuse Resource: Swap & Share Sites

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

We’ve talked about freecycle here, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Re-Nest has a list of ten other sites for those looking to find creative reuse resources without having to dole out any dough.  They cover everything from baby-ware to bikes to makeup.  The one that really catches my eye is Portland, OR’s tool exchange.  I’m currently taking a woodworking class and one of the obvious benefits is access to all of the tools that would otherwise be too cost-prohibitive to own myself.  In fact, there’s a open studio class that fills up every semester with people who just want access to them.  If Portland, ME had a similar tool “club” you can bet I’d be a member.

Via Re-Nest: Collaborative Consumption: 10 Swap & Share Sites.

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ReadyMade’s Top 20 Projects of 2010

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Etched Bulk Jar LabelsReuse-Friendly magazine/website ReadyMade has posted their top 20 projects of 2010.  Not the easiest projects, per se, but certainly motivational.

http://www.readymade.com/magazine/slideshow/top_20_projects_of_2010

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Creative Reuse: Junk Mail = Food Funnel

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Even if you have removed yourself from junk mail lists (you can do so here: http://www.directmail.com/directory/mail_preference/) and gone to paperless billing on your accounts, there’s no avoiding getting unwanted mail almost every day of the week.  Today we found this article, via Re-Nest, on one way to repurpose that mail:

Repurpose Your Junk Mail In The Kitchen

A lot of the commenters are pretty disgusted by the idea of using envelopes as a funnel but we say chill the f out, people, it’s just an envelope.  Personally, the most use I get out of my junk mail is for making quick to-do or grocery lists.  Why waste a clean sheet of paper when you’ve got a white, otherwise useless envelope sitting in today’s mail.

Anyone out there have other creative reuses for junk mail?

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