Waste not want not
Trying to waste less can seem like a mammoth task. But even the little things make a difference, like repairing our stuff when it breaks… and that’s a great place to start! If we can prolong the life of our belongings, we’ll reduce what goes to landfill. Here are just a few simple ideas you can adopt into your life, to help you reduce your waste output.
If it breaks, repair it
Let's talk big appliances
You can imagine just how much space these big ol' clunky things take up when thrown away. Before buying a whole new appliance when a component becomes obsolete, why not consider repairs with Sugru first? It may just do the trick.
Sugru is waterproof and temperature-resistant up to 180ºC (356ºF) and down to -40ºC (-40ºF), so it's durable enough to handle the inside of any washing machine or fridge too.
Rebuild & rejoice
The wonderful thing about Sugru is that it's a 3D mouldable glue, so it can be shaped and applied to replace missing pieces, and keep an otherwise perfectly fine object in use for longer. Once out of the pack, you have 30 minutes to get the shape just right before the Sugru starts to set. Why not use Sugru to repair a broken zipper, rebuild a toaster handle or even replace worn off lettering on appliances?
The stats around E-waste are shocking. It makes up 2% of landfill but 70% of toxic waste. Wear and tear is normal, but throwing away shouldn't be. And you don’t need to be a genius to fix your electronics, you just need the right tools. With all the tools available in the iFixit store, what won't you be able to fix? Plus iFixit's website has thousands of free repair manuals to help you do it too!
If it's run it's course, repurpose it
Give your jam jars a new life
Once all the jam has gone, then the real fun begins. Keep your jars in use for longer with a new function. What could your jam jar be? A stylish mug? Hanging storage? With a little Sugru, it's up to you.
Turn old toys into hooks
Repurpose some of the toys kids no longer play with, into fun hooks with Sugru. You'll be teaching them a thing or two about organisation and tidiness, and empowering them to imagine ways they can reuse their old stuff in a creative way. Toys can also be taken apart and reassembled into exciting new ones too! A Darth Vader dinosaur anyone?
Turn your junk into new creations
Next time you're thinking of throwing away a piece of furniture, why not try thinking up a new use for it? Like using an old lamp to make a tablet stand, with the help of Sugru of course.
Save your phone
Save yourself the headache and avoid a break in the first place. With a few simple Sugru additions, like these bumpers on each corner of your phone, you can keep your things protected. Why not prevent your cables from fraying while you're at it?
Omg where did you get those?
Sugru can repair splits and scuffs on shoes, and even prevent them from happening by adding a protective layer. That’s not all. Take the opportunity to find colours and designs to add a little creative touch to footwear.
Protect your surfaces
Do you struggle to find a safe place to rest the hair straighteners while they're still hot? With Sugru Mouldable Glue, design flaws are opportunities to fix, adapt or create. Add bumpers to your straighteners and protect your surfaces from burn marks. Sugru is perfect for this application as it's heat-resistant up to 180ºC (356ºF) and is a great heat insulator.
Why stop there? Create built-in coasters for your mugs too!