Ever since I started paying attention to packaging, I’ve been using the internet as a source for ideas. At the beginning I focussed on finding ways to avoid packaging altogether. But when I realized I wouldn’t be able to live a life completely without packaging, I tried to find ways to do something useful with my trash rather than throw it out. So I started turning myself and my friends into fridge magnets (not kidding), I made re-usable napkins, tissues and tissue boxes out of fabric, I cut out “proper” cotton pads from old t-shirts and I even ironed plastic bags to turn them into “plastic bag fabric”. I also re-used old tins and jars for all kinds of different things – as food and drink containers, pen holders, vases or flower pots. Here is a little selection of what happened in my appartement:
At some stage I felt like my creativity had reached its limit though – and that’s when I started to look up DIY blogs. I was amazed by how many ideas I would find and that you could basically turn everything into something useful. However, quite often I found myself clicking through lots of different blogs to find ideas I could put into action straight away.
And then I found Trash Backwards. I happened to stumble upon Liesl’s and Rebecca’s inspiring blog when I was googling DIY ideas and I instantly knew that this was exactly the thing I was looking for. They do not only write interesting posts about everyday environmental issues, they also created an app for “trashing backwards”, a name they couldn’t haven chosen better in my opinion. This app offers an incredibly big database full of recycling, upcycling and re-using ideas. You can just enter an item like “tin” for example and it comes up with a whole bunch of things you can do with it. And you can also submit ideas and “feed” the app.
When I saw this I got so excited that I spent an entire night browsing their database for random ideas. Then I went to bed and knew that the next few weeks will be all about turning old trash into new things. I will keep you updated and show you how I turn more trash into useful things! A little hint: It will involve more crown caps and old magazines! And a big thank you to Liesl and Rebecca from Trash Backwards, what you do is amazing!