Tag Archives: Repurpose

19Mar/12

Mission Re-purpose: Prescription Canisters

In days before digital cameras, I used to recycle or re-purpose film canisters. They were very handy for tons of things! Now we re-purpose our prescription canisters.

Prescription Canister Uses:

Buttons: Most clothing comes with additional buttons sewn on somewhere inside the clothing. But for those that have lose bags of buttons, we collect them and put them in a large prescription canister.

Needles: There is nothing worse than searching for needles that are floating around in a sewing kit. The nice thing about storing needles this way is 1) little hands cannot get poked and 2) in areas of humidity it keeps them from rusting. Continue reading

12Mar/12

Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do

In World War II, most manufacturing plants were re-purposed to make weapons, machinery, and vehicles of various sorts for the war efforts. The poster shown to the right was prominently displayed from 1941-1945. Citizens were asked to make their clothing and household goods last as long as possible.

Our current society seems to believe in “Use it a little while, Throw it Away just because you don’t like it anymore, and There is always more, more, more”. Consumerism has become a way to get new styles and new models every year, even if we don’t need them. There is a belief that consumerism keeps the economy strong. However, if families purchase beyond their income and focus on wants rather than needs, this leads to crippling debt which in turn leads to a weak economy. Continue reading