5 Common Household Items That You Didn’t Know Repurpose Themselves

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Photo: Sproutworld.com

Photo: Sproutworld.com

Most people don’t intend to leave a giant footprint of waste product, but sometimes things just can’t be avoided. So what if you tried buying essentials that repurpose themselves into something useful, not wasteful? Get familiar with these cool innovations and you’ll be inspired to try out some new repurposing techniques of your own!

From Candles to Tumblers

Photo: Leeandbirch.com

Photo: Leeandbirch.com

As a recent convert into the candle-obsessed, there’s no denying that Simply Curated‘s handmade beauties would look great in any home. But as Krrbie Beth Mobilia suggested in an Instagram post, these 100% soy-wax candles can see a second life as modern tumblers! They are made of all-natural elements so once the wick burns down you’re free to wash out the remainder and repurpose a set into a stylish group of cocktail glasses. The blog Lee & Birch even compiled a list of drink recipes that reflect the candle’s original scents! If that’s not an excuse to stock up for future gatherings, then I don’t know what is.

From Pencils to Plants

Photo: Sproutworld.com

Photo: Sproutworld.com

I was never a fan of the “weak” mechanical pencils, but never knew what to do with traditional pencils once they became too short to grip. While you can’t stop a pencil from shrinking over time, the innovators at Sprout make it so you actually look forward to the process. By replacing the eraser with a seed capsule, you can plant the whole pencil after you’ve worn it down to a nub. Lavender, green peppers, cherry tomatoes…I’m picturing one great class gardening project for students who use these. Or windowsills of basil for city dwellers/writers like myself! No need to feel guilty; toss those stubs (into the soil).

From a Radio to Recycling

Photo: Notonthehighstreet.com

Photo: Notonthehighstreet.com

Weirdly the concept of this product made me immediately think The Lion King: see the real circle of life at work with a recycled cardboard radio! Part FM radio, part speaker for your iPhone, this portable beauty is easy to carry around outdoors (and affordable at only $40). Why invest in some pricy tech you’ll be too afraid to bring around with you? When your radio is at the end of it’s life, the material is 100% recyclable.

From Paper to Plants

Photo: Amychampagne.com

Photo: Amychampagne.com

Similarly, there’s a lot of potential to turn your paper into something with a built-in green thumb. So the next time you need “fancy” paper, try using plantable seed paper. We’ve mentioned before that this is a great idea for wedding invitations, since spending money on something that’s eventually going to be tossed out isn’t the best idea. Let your guests (or birthday attendees, holiday card recipients, etc.) know that they can plant the invites when they’re finished, and let your words live on to be wildflowers, herbs, and veggies.

From Packaging to…Nothing

Photo: Disappearingpackage.com

Photo: Disappearingpackage.com

What began as a senior thesis from student Aaron Mickelson has the potential to change the way we use (and dispose of) everyday items. The Disappearing Package reconsiders the product design of essentials like laundry detergent, soap and garbage bags, in a way that leaves zero byproduct. Mickelson envisions trash bags that pull out to reveal the outer packaging as the final bag; soap bars come with paper packaging that dissolves in water; laundry detergent pods come in a rolled punch-out pack so that you use them until they’re gone. If we had to pick an even more ideal solution to repurposing items, it would be to make them (magically) disappear!

Have you been experimenting with eco-friendly tools and items like these? Let us know in the comments!