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  • Chestnut
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    Repurposed walking boot lace became a drawstring for a pair of trousers.
    Work decided to give us (compulsory) uniforms this week, but the flimsy elastic waistband failed to hold my trousers up when I tried them on....
    2 buttonholes on the sewing machine and a bootlace= problem solved!

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Thought I would bump this thread for others now that many recycling centres are shut

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  • bikermike
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    If you buy meat from supermarkets, and you chop and change between, you can end up with good-sized black plastic tubs and matching clear tops - instant propogator

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  • KevinM67
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    Cheers folks.

    I'll use some to insulate seed trays next spring and the kneeling pad idea is a great suggestion - I'll definitely be doing that (not that I'm getting older or anything).

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  • Nicos
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    I always have a couple of large pieces (about 3x5ft) to sit/kneel on when doing DIY at below waist height.
    Easy on the knees to kneel on and reflects heat back at you when sitting.
    Could you tape them inside large black bin bags and use it as a decent sized gardening kneeling pad?
    (For that I use bubble wrap... but polystyrene would work just as well , it's just more fragile)

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  • Jungle Jane
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    You could use polystyrene pieces at the bottom of large pots to help with drainage or use as an insulated container to help plant roots stay a tiny bit warmer? There might be stuff on goooogle upcycling polystyrene projects?
    There is,I just found this hydroponic garden-
    How to Build a Hydroponic Garden | Garden Club

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  • Chestnut
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    Glue it to garage walls in strategic places- I find it makes a useful ‘cushion’ to avoid scratching car bumpers/doors when reversing into garage and opening doors respectively...

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  • KevinM67
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    Has anybody got ideas on what to do with polystyrene ?

    We got a new larder fridge and a chest freezer and I've dumped the stuff in the outside shed.

    I'm not that keen on the stuff personally - but I don't really want to dump it in the non-recycle bin and have used for landfill.

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  • GYOMalcolm
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    Mini bokashi bin

    Two plastic fresh soup pots (Glorious, Yorkshire Provender, Waitrose, etc.).

    They must stack tightly together and have space at the bottom.

    Keep the lid of the top pot.

    Drill several holes in the base of the top pot, not enough to collapse it. The holes let bokashi liquid drain out.

    Jam the top pot tightly into the bottom pot.

    Hey presto, an airtight bokashi bin, 600 ml size. This volume needs about two heaped teaspoons of bokashi bran all told, scattered pinch by pinch as you fill.

    I use it for:
    1. Small-scale experiments.
    2. Kitchen worktop collection of food scraps to avoid having to open the main sealed bin too often.


    I use a plastic magazine wrap, kept on the bokashi surface, to pack down.

    I've read that you are supposed to point the outside black to keep light out. I'd probably do this if the bin was hanging around for long.

    You could actually keep a whole raft of these going and not buy a big bin at all. I don't, but maybe a one-person house who wastes little?

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  • GYOMalcolm
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    Sometimes you can have unintended consequences. What are you doing to your garden? Here's a quote from the best answer to this question on Stack Exchange

    In principle, paper can be composted as well, but the fibres are usually bleached, which already introduces some chemicals into the paper. Most inks also contain harmful chemicals, so composting might not be the best idea. In a sense, composting paper could also be seen to be a waste. It takes a lot to get trees into paper form. Ending the life-cycle of the fibres by composting reduces the availability of recycled paper, and is at least partly responsible for chopping down more trees. (On a side note, greasy paper, like pizza boxes, should be composted, because oil is very hard to remove in the recycling process.)
    Even modern soya-based inks have other stuff in them. For me, the council recycling is the right place in this case.

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  • vixylix
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    ^^^ sweetcorn or pringles?

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  • Cadalot
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    Originally posted by Norfolkgrey View Post
    Pringles tubes - cut them in two or three. Stand in a tray and use them as bottomless pots for large seed i.e sunflower, sweet peas or runner beans. Then plant the whole thing out when established.
    Never thought of that they would be ideal for sweetcorn, we just don't eat enough of them to make it viable
    Last edited by Cadalot; 10-01-2017, 09:01 AM.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Pringles tubes - cut them in two or three. Stand in a tray and use them as bottomless pots for large seed i.e sunflower, sweet peas or runner beans. Then plant the whole thing out when established.

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  • Cadalot
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    Originally posted by Teabag View Post
    What can I do with the pringles tubes?
    The lids are ideal for drying out your saved tomato seeds, once you have got the gunk off by soaking them in the KFC Gravy and Baked Bean containers that you have also saved and are ideal for the fermenting process.

    I have also saved the plastic lids off the large tins of peanuts and gravy granules as SWMBO gets the hump when I use her saucers and plates for the job.
    Last edited by Cadalot; 10-01-2017, 07:12 AM.

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  • Teabag
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    Just read through it all too, awesome thread! Just bin dived (yes at half 12 in the night) and salvaged a 4 pinter, jam jar, quality street tub, 2 kitchen roll inners and 2 pringles tubes

    What can I do with the pringles tubes?

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