It has become increasingly easy over the past few decades to purchase anything and everything and toss it out when it is no longer wanted. Throwaway culture has a big impact on people’s everyday lives without many of them realizing it. By repurposing and fixing old or broken items, it can save time, money and the environment. Depending on the materials involved, it is easy to find new uses for things.

Plastic

Nowadays, many things are made either entirely from plastic or have plastic components. There are different kinds of plastics that can be repaired in different ways. Some things, such as a bent children’s toy, can be fixed quickly and easily. Place the toy in hot, but not boiling, water until it is malleable, bend it back into shape and promptly place it in a bowl of cold water to set. For heavy-duty, industrial or commercial items, it may be best to contact a professional who specializes in plastic welding repairs.

Wood

One of the most versatile materials to work with is wood. Using pallets to create furniture, wall hangings and planters are very popular. There are thousands of interesting ideas for decorative wood items, even candle holders can be made from wood with proper treatment. Dented and chipped figurines can be sanded down and repainted to look like new again.

Metal

Whether it’s a dingy silver tea set, rusty tools or a bunch of soup cans, there is something interesting to do with it. The dents in the tea set can be tapped out and the pieces polished to a brilliant shine. Rusty tools may be cleaned up, and new handles fitted on if needed. Someone with a forge can turn those cans into a decorative object or a new set of cans.

It is fine if not everything is able to be repaired or reused forever. Many areas around the world offer recycling services for paper, plastic, and metal. Breathing new life into old objects is a fun way to learn some new skills and create unique items.