If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Mother Nature Network)   50 ways to reuse your garbage. Keep this list handy for the next time when your siblings show up unannounced at your door and throw a surprise intervention to try and convince you that you're a hoarder   (mnn.com) divider line 40
    More: Spiffy, Ralph Waldo Emerson, dish soap, The Littl' Bits, game pieces, washing dishes, toolbox  
•       •       •

5127 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Apr 2014 at 10:25 AM (36 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



40 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2014-04-06 10:31:09 AM  
Next up on Fark: 50 Ways to Leave your Lover.
 
2014-04-06 10:32:17 AM  
I despise the term hoarder.
Reality TV has caused us to take a few mentally disturbed people and then accuse anyone who's a bit of a packrat as having the same condition.

Keeping a couple of old things in the garage, refusing to clean out the shed, having a storage room with things you no longer use, that's not being "a hoarder".
 
2014-04-06 10:32:58 AM  
Oh boy I just love the craft time with trash. F*ck you for posting the link with like 10 things that have the practicality but are the common sense.
 
2014-04-06 10:36:58 AM  

starsrift: I despise the term hoarder.
Reality TV has caused us to take a few mentally disturbed people and then accuse anyone who's a bit of a packrat as having the same condition.

Keeping a couple of old things in the garage, refusing to clean out the shed, having a storage room with things you no longer use, that's not being "a hoarder".


You sound like a hoarder.
 
2014-04-06 10:38:10 AM  

To the reuse enthusiast, that empty bottle could be a chandelier, a vase, a drinking glass, a candelabra ...


A hat, a brooch, a pterodactyl...


How about some coffee, Johnny?
 
2014-04-06 10:39:17 AM  

AlanSmithee: starsrift: I despise the term hoarder.
Reality TV has caused us to take a few mentally disturbed people and then accuse anyone who's a bit of a packrat as having the same condition.

Keeping a couple of old things in the garage, refusing to clean out the shed, having a storage room with things you no longer use, that's not being "a hoarder".

You sound like a hoarder.


Well, I do have a global almanac from 1994 and a game of Risk I haven't had time to play in 5 years.
I think that's about it.
 
2014-04-06 10:42:17 AM  
After removing the dead hookers from your trunk, dig holes around your garden about six feet deep. Place (bury? whatever.) the hookers in the holes. Put the dirt back in the holes. Vegetables just love the nutrient rich soil and now your trunk is freed up for groceries.

Just a little eco friendly tip.
 
2014-04-06 10:45:04 AM  
It's not garbage if it's being put to good use. That said growing up with a Mom who pushed that idea pretty damn far, if you don't have a specific use and deadline then toss it. Or better yet recycle it.

Tfa:

Gallon milk jug: wash it out good, make sure to stake it in the ground, and recycle it after a year. Leaves will fall in, drainage will suck. Mosquitoes.

Silica: we use them in our seed storage boxes to keep out moisture.

Wine cork 'art' ain't new. I might steal the floating keyring idea but for mini tackle box while kayak fishing.

Bacon grease for the birds: f--king kidding me. I used to keep a bit in the fridge for boiling potatoes - a bit of grease keeps em from boiling over - til I realized a bit of butter works just as well.

Newspaper/table cloth: ffs.


I'm not gonna bother any further except on my own which may or msg not be on the list:

Torn nylons/tights: good supports for melons and squash if you're growing them up a trellis.

Cardboard: to start a new garden bed, wet two layers of cardboard (I mean soak em), cover area, cover with like 2-4" of mulch. It'll smother the sod/weeds surprisingly well. If you want to keep new saplings clear of weeds you can do the same circling the sapling.

All that bike inner tube stuff they had = (eye roll). SO goes through those like mad but I'm pretty damn sure cutting them up for "rubber bands" would be a waste of life. Unlike posting on Fark of course.
 
2014-04-06 10:46:02 AM  

ommitay: After removing the dead hookers from your trunk, dig holes around your garden about six feet deep. Place (bury? whatever.) the hookers in the holes. Put the dirt back in the holes. Vegetables just love the nutrient rich soil and now your trunk is freed up for groceries.

Just a little eco friendly tip.


The hookers might be contaminated... I'd plant them near ornamental gardens only.
 
2014-04-06 10:48:08 AM  
24. Old disposable lighters can be turned into jewelry, toys, and tricky secret compartments in which to store your secret things.

makeameme.org
 
2014-04-06 10:48:54 AM  
They left out one of the best uses for recycles ~ Winter Sowing!

This is how to do a milkjug right.

//ismywebsite ;-)
 
2014-04-06 10:52:12 AM  
That reads like Buzzfeed got freaky with Etsy.

/Eyeroll
 
2014-04-06 10:54:30 AM  

starsrift: I despise the term hoarder.
Reality TV has caused us to take a few mentally disturbed people and then accuse anyone who's a bit of a packrat as having the same condition.

Keeping a couple of old things in the garage, refusing to clean out the shed, having a storage room with things you no longer use, that's not being "a hoarder".


How long have you been a hoarder ...
 
2014-04-06 10:57:17 AM  

SeedFreak: They left out one of the best uses for recycles ~ Winter Sowing!

This is how to do a milkjug right.

//ismywebsite ;-)


Holy crap your ideas are actually intriguing to me. The SO used to work in the garden section of a local grocery so we have more trays/cells/pots than we'd ever need but still, awesome. I need to get back on garden web.

/currently in my backyard looking at row covers
//and just about to throw 372 native plant seeds in trays outdoors to soak up a day of sun
///YAY ALMOST NOT WINTER
 
2014-04-06 10:58:59 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Bacon grease for the birds: f--king kidding me. I used to keep a bit in the fridge for boiling potatoes - a bit of grease keeps em from boiling over - til I realized a bit of butter works just as well.


Chilled bacon grease also works in any situation where you would use crisco; I use it to make flour tortillas that taste better than anything you can buy at a store or restaurant.  Feeding it to the birds, now THAT would be wasteful.
 
2014-04-06 10:59:02 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: To the reuse enthusiast, that empty bottle could be a chandelier, a vase, a drinking glass, a candelabra ...


A hat, a brooch, a pterodactyl...


How about some coffee, Johnny?


No thanks!
 
2014-04-06 11:01:40 AM  
I throw my garbage in the garbage.
 
2014-04-06 11:03:04 AM  

StrangeQ: StreetlightInTheGhetto: Bacon grease for the birds: f--king kidding me. I used to keep a bit in the fridge for boiling potatoes - a bit of grease keeps em from boiling over - til I realized a bit of butter works just as well.

Chilled bacon grease also works in any situation where you would use crisco; I use it to make flour tortillas that taste better than anything you can buy at a store or restaurant.  Feeding it to the birds, now THAT would be wasteful.


I just don't save it anymore - I plan to use it or under the sink it goes. Bacon for breakfast + immediately start refried beans for dinner though = yum. Haven't done that in awhile... Hmm.
 
2014-04-06 11:03:31 AM  
Turn a disposable lighter into jewelry!

-wtf?
 
2014-04-06 11:05:24 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: ommitay: After removing the dead hookers from your trunk, dig holes around your garden about six feet deep. Place (bury? whatever.) the hookers in the holes. Put the dirt back in the holes. Vegetables just love the nutrient rich soil and now your trunk is freed up for groceries.

Just a little eco friendly tip.

The hookers might be contaminated... I'd plant them near ornamental gardens only.


Boy, am I embarrassed for you. None of my hookers are contaminated because I use a condom and I wipe my chain saw blades down with an alcohol solution. Duh.

And everyone knows that kids who are trick or treating for UNICEF are what makes an ornamental garden really pop. Could you just give the enitire gardening process some thought before you post silly comments.
 
2014-04-06 11:10:59 AM  
21. We are a people of rampant toilet paper use and thus, we are all left with a lot of toilet paper tubes. You can turn those tubes into playthings and nesting materials for your small furry pets.

Those small furry pets being the mice and rats hiding in your piles of useless garbage?
 
pla
2014-04-06 11:21:04 AM  
Wow.  Rename this one "50 ways to fill your house with useless crap".  Half of these don't even make sense, or even work for that matter.

Silica gel doesn't magically make water go away. It basically just prevents condensation in an already-dry sealed package that might get cold during transportation.  And once you open that dry sealed package, the silica gel saturates just from moisture in the air within a few minutes.  Yes, you can reactivate it; no, you can't just throw an old used packet in with X and have it do a damned thing beyond take up room.

And this recycling of old clothes... I throw away clothes when they become damaged beyond usability.  Unravel and re-knit a sweater?  Out of 6000 18" pieces of yarn?  Can you say "more time than sense"?  Similarly, weaving t-shirt strips?  Sorry, but I tend to buy clothes so I don't look homeless.
 
2014-04-06 11:23:19 AM  
Sounds like a recipe for hoarding.
 
2014-04-06 11:33:45 AM  

skinink: Next up on Fark: 50 Ways to Leave your Lover.


You just open that bag, Dag
Recycle that can, Stan
Compost that food, Dude
Just listen to me
 
2014-04-06 11:59:48 AM  

Z-clipped: skinink: Next up on Fark: 50 Ways to Leave your Lover.

You just open that bag, Dag
Recycle that can, Stan
Compost that food, Dude
Just listen to me


Dag?! Really?

Just plant a new tree, Lee
Hop on the mass trans bus, Gus
No need to compost mulch
Just use an old bag for lunch
And set yourself free.

It's really no better than yours but I tried.
 
2014-04-06 12:05:30 PM  
Ok, I will admit that if something can be re-used, I will try to get a second life out of it.  But, only if it will involve minimal effort.  For example, I got a little plastic carton of French's fried onion bits as a gag gift.  Once the yummy bits were eaten, the little carton became a first-aid kit for the car.  It's little, holds ointment, bandaids, tweezers, etc., and is mostly waterproof.  But, reweaving cloth?  Are you freaking kidding me!?!
 
2014-04-06 12:11:25 PM  
I weave cloth all the time. Did you think that all the Mennonites held against their will, working in my basement are an accident? Oh, yeah. There's weaving going on.
 
2014-04-06 12:29:27 PM  
 
2014-04-06 12:50:13 PM  

SeedFreak: They left out one of the best uses for recycles ~ Winter Sowing!

This is how to do a milkjug right.

//ismywebsite ;-)


Well thanks a lot. Now I have more projects...
 
2014-04-06 12:57:10 PM  
well, a lot of that stuff i recycle.  i cant re-use ALL of it ALL the time but I do keep things like that for later.  but honestly, that was mostly a list of things women might do.  men arent going to make old sweaters into mittens.  they also arent going to make hamster toys or game board coasters (although ive tried scratched records into coasters/bowls) or use tea bags on puffy morning eyes.  (yeah, yeah, that's sexist.  and no, it's not a 100% kind of claim, just an honest critique of the 50 activities.)

I did like the swiffer t-shirt idea.  I tossed a few swiffers in my day because i never got them to work well or better than a traditional mop (and i hated using too many towelettes) but it never occurred to me to try tshirts which i have in spades.  also, a lot of the gardening stuff would be neat if i had a yard (live in an apt).  i also should try to find old scrabble sets in Goodwills because they all have missing tiles.  you could do some crafty mosaics with them.  they aren't sealed so you can stain/paint them too.  I like crafting a little but it can turn you into a hoarder-lite.  every year i toss things that i held onto for many years thinking i'd eventually do something with it.  then as soon as i toss it i have a wave of desire to make something.

/gah
//too much trash in the world
 
2014-04-06 12:57:20 PM  
Bacon grease to attract bears, to eat your neighbors... or birds, yeah, let's go with birds.
 
2014-04-06 01:02:04 PM  

SeedFreak: They left out one of the best uses for recycles ~ Winter Sowing!

This is how to do a milkjug right.

//ismywebsite ;-)


Awesome website!

I had a vegetable garden every year for about 15 years but now I live in a second floor apartment that never gets any direct sun.

/sad
 
2014-04-06 01:06:34 PM  

Lorelle: Some people will pay for empty toilet paper rolls.


Now I've seen it all.
 
2014-04-06 01:12:03 PM  
One thing I recycle is shredded paper.  All those credit offers and useless shiat that I shred gets used in my fireplace to start fires.
 
2014-04-06 01:13:22 PM  

Ker_Thwap: Bacon grease to attract bears, to eat your neighbors... or birds, yeah, let's go with birds.


did you see the list of birds?  invasive, mean, vexing birds like starlings, crows, jays, ravens and noisy woodpeckers (even though they are less bothersome).  but bacon grease could be good for trap lures for the possums or other furry garden pets getting to your chickens or garden.  you just have to set up a good trap.
 
2014-04-06 01:17:35 PM  

pla: Wow.  Rename this one "50 ways to fill your house with useless crap".  Half of these don't even make sense, or even work for that matter.

Silica gel doesn't magically make water go away. It basically just prevents condensation in an already-dry sealed package that might get cold during transportation.  And once you open that dry sealed package, the silica gel saturates just from moisture in the air within a few minutes.  Yes, you can reactivate it; no, you can't just throw an old used packet in with X and have it do a damned thing beyond take up room.

And this recycling of old clothes... I throw away clothes when they become damaged beyond usability.  Unravel and re-knit a sweater?  Out of 6000 18" pieces of yarn?  Can you say "more time than sense"?  Similarly, weaving t-shirt strips?  Sorry, but I tend to buy clothes so I don't look homeless.


I know, right?

Seriously- here's an amazing suggestion- throw garbage out.

I guess you could build a life size replica of the great wall of China from used tampons if you put your mind to it. I don't think it's going to make the world a better place.
 
2014-04-06 01:36:32 PM  

ommitay: Dag?! Really?


It's a perfectly cromulent name if you're Scandinavian.
 
2014-04-06 02:05:24 PM  

kruxdeux: Turn a disposable lighter into jewelry!

-wtf?


Yeah, I don't know about everyone else, but my cardinal rule for jewelry is that it needs to be pretty.
 
2014-04-06 04:48:49 PM  

atomic-age: kruxdeux: Turn a disposable lighter into jewelry!

-wtf?

Yeah, I don't know about everyone else, but my cardinal rule for jewelry is that it needs to be pretty.


My cardinal rule(s) for jewelry are:

1. It must be gaudy.
2. It must be able to spontaneously combust.
3. Facial jewelry must never distract from my facial tattoos. Let's face it, if you have a facial tattoo, chances are you are not going to be all upset about a Bic lighter hanging from your nostril during an job interview. Don't let this happen. Always have the tattoos professionally removed PRIOR to the job interview. The lighter hanging from your nostril will now make everyone think: Wow, I should probably get get my nostril pierced so I can have a lighter dangling from it. It just screams "Classy".
 
2014-04-07 02:43:20 AM  

ommitay: After removing the dead hookers from your trunk, dig holes around your garden about six feet deep. Place (bury? whatever.) the hookers in the holes. Put the dirt back in the holes. Vegetables just love the nutrient rich soil and now your trunk is freed up for groceries.

Just a little eco friendly tip.



No, that's a good depth to hide them, but your vegetables' roots won't reach that deep- a tree's might, eventually,... no, if you want to use a dead hooker for compost you really need to use the chipper/shredder to de-evidencify it, then work it in with the dirt as you go, with the same hands you used to strangle her in the first place.  Some people even eschew the chipper and use a good clever, but really, who has the time these days.  I guess it's a lost art.
 
Displayed 40 of 40 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report