Reuse, Repair and Buy 2nd Hand!

There are so many items can be repaired and put to new uses when you get creative!

Why not repurpose old household items to become beautiful works of art?

The first step to avoiding excess household rubbish is to avoid buying things you don’t need. Stick to your grocery lists and don’t buy things with a lot of packaging, if you can avoid it. Buy in bulk, don’t use plastic bags and embrace recyclable packaging. Need inspiration for ways to reuse unwanted items? Think before you chuck and use the following suggestions if they apply to you.


Never throw out your old clothes again! If they are beyond repair and you don’t think anyone would want to wear them, you can turn them into cleaning rags to use instead of disposable cleaning wipes.

For clothing that is still in good condition, donate them to op shops, swap with friends and family, or get crafty and make them into entirely new pieces! For a fun weekend activity, hold a garage sale to find new homes for your clothes and home wares.

paper scraps

Paper scraps:

Everyone has bits of paper floating around their houses and we all know they should go in the yellow recycling bin. But, did you know there are other options too? Try making some art projects for the kid, using old scraps of paper. This kind of activity is best for colourful and patterned paper, but you can use plain white paper too, with the help of some coloured pencils, textas or paints.

Once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless. You can make festive bunting, greeting cards, decorative jar lids, cute gift-wrapping and so much more.

Stuck for ideas? Here are some fantastic ways to get you started on your paper scrap art journey:

Plastic bottles:

If you think you can’t use plastic bottles for anything practical or visually appealing, you obviously haven’t seen the fantastic art of Michelle Brand. Michelle uses plastic bottles for everything from jewellery holders and colourful ceiling decorations, to footstools. Check out her beautiful art projects here:


All your household scraps have the potential to be re-purposed either by you or someone else with a crafty eye for DIY. If you don’t think you have the time or the ideas to do it yourself, find someone who does, or bring your old items to Reverse Garbage in Marrickville. Reverse Garbage is a haven for fanatics of DIY, so if that’s your cup of tea, head over to their website to learn how you can contribute:

You’ll never be able to look at your unused items the same way again!

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