Monday, 19 February 2018

Pot luck



Why, you might well wonder, is the dotty old bird showing us a picture of a pot which has clearly seen better days?!! I'm delighted with my latest piece of free treasure which has been rescued from a client's garage where it was destined to be taken to the tip.

Allow me to rewind. Last week I was chatting to and admiring a smaller version of this pot which was sitting on her kitchen side. She revealed that she had a bigger version, but unfortunately it had got badly burnt on the bottom at some point and was now no longer fit for purpose. She was delighted to hand it over when I confided that I had a cunning plan.....

As of this week I've volunteered to do additional recycling sorting for Sussex Green Living. We get given a lot of plastic tops which are muddled in with other things or not suitable for the Terracycle Brigades we run. With a weird penchant for sorting and being a bit of a neat freak, this new role not only frees up others, but I can do it at my leisure and will be able to ensure that it all goes in the right waste streams rather than being sent to landfill. Some will be hived off for the Aircare programme, milk bottle tops or others with specific codes get sold onto a commercial company and the money helps a local special needs charity [TYM has done voluntary work for them] and the remainder goes to Lush.


My new pot will be the perfect storage container for the Lush tops and it's been a double luck whammy because the lid is the perfect fit for another pan which came from a bootsale years ago and turned out to be more useful than I could ever have imagined. At the moment I use a metal tray to cover it, but without a handle it burns my fingers!


Signing off one very happy womble. Repurposing in action!

Arilx

8 comments:

  1. Ive got the same pot in green,bought from a charity shop a couple of years ago and they are brilliant for cooking.What a shame that it got burnt!,Still,at least you are making good use of it and saving it from landfil.When you say that Lush make use of them...do you just take them into the shop or do you have to send them somewhere?.Its great that somewhere else can make use of them instead of just going into the recycle bag.Debi,xx

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    1. You need to ring the individual store to see whether they can take them. Ours only takes them the day before their delivery as they are short on space. The lids go back down to the Lush factory in the lorry and then they get used to used to make new pots for the products. Arilx

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    2. Thanks Aril,I will give the Lush in Leic a ring and see if they do this,Debi,xx

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  2. I'm more and more conscious about waste of any kind. Well done on your part to help reduce landfill debris.

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    1. Every time we do this it's another small positive step. I like the challenge of rethinking "rubbish". I think those who start viewing it as a resource will do well in the coming years. Arilx

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  3. It's worth a try Debi. Knowledge is power as they say! Arilx

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  4. Hi Aril,I rang Lush in Leicester and they do take them.The girl was lovely and said bring them in any day,so now Ive got my Family collecting theirs aswell.We should get a bag full between us every 4/5 months,so every little helps!.Ive still got one of the Lush paper carriers from my Grandaughters gifts last Christmas,so i will reuse that for them,Debi,xx

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