Category Archives: recycling

Bring new life to old crates!

In my ongoing quest to organize my apartment, I have found great storage use from old crates. While this is not a new concept (and reminise of many college dorms!) – my take on plastic crates is to PAINT THEM!

Spray paint works best. Which is unfortunate because I try to avoid the spray paints. Bad for the environment and expensive ($5 for only 16 oz of paint). However the coverage is great! You can see in the photo below how ordinary plastic crates can become extraordinary for your storage uses with just a simple spray of paint!

Happy crafting!


Old milk crates make great storage units. Now you can bring them back to life with a simple spray of paint!

there has to be a better way

While the intention of recycling is a good one, I can’t help but wonder how much recycled waste actually gets recycled. Not because recycling facilities don’t sort and process the items, rather most recycled debris in those curb-side green bins get carried off by the wind.

Today was an exceptionally windy day and was a good example of the poor concept of the green bin. Did whoever invent the rectangular, open-top bin ever think it might not stand up to the fierce winds, snowstorms and rain showers of our Canadian climate?

I suggest replacing the traditional green bin for a bin with a lid. This would eliminate so much trash getting strewn over neighborhoods. Pieces of wet newspapers hugging trees, water bottles in the gutter – all well-intended recycling items reduced to… litter.

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