by Todd Walker
It’s well documented by DRG that I’m a container freak. Plastic jugs, metal tins, glass bottles, clay pots – I
hoard collect them all.
Wooden pallets – don’t get me started! This free wood can be used to build bird houses, fences, furniture, compost bins, and other useful stuff with a little sweat equity, imagination, and simple tools.
Yesterday, I received a sign from above pointing out my inability to turn down “trash”...
If you’ve priced tarps this large at retail stores, you’d spend a decent wad of your hard-earned cash. One box store sells 20′ x 30′ heavy-duty tarps for over 100 bucks. My tarp sign set me back $14. They don’t look this large when you pass them on the freeway.
I won’t be using it with the printed side exposed. The backside is solid black and can be used for projects like ground cover or emergency roof repairs.
I may use this portion as a training aid for our dogs. If I could only teach “Moose” and “Abby” to read.
I cut a section of the sign and plan to use it as a tarp for my base camp shelter I’m building. Modern debris for a debris shelter. It pays to have a possum mentality!
Here are a few more up-cycle ideas for fellow dumpster divers:
- Harvest 3 saplings for your outdoor cooking tripod
- Turn a cigar sleeve into a pocket fishing kit
- Make a bench from a dead cedar tree
- Up-cycled bags and chair planter
- Metal tin projects here and here and here
- Pallet fencing
- Build a fat wood torch
You don’t have to break the bank to get prepared. With consumerism gone wild, people have to have the latest stuff. If you’re anything like me, which I suspect you are, other people’s “trash” is survival treasure!
What’s your best method of using other people’s “trash”?
Keep Doing the Stuff,
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