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I'm a second year Psych major at university, I play guitar in a rock band, I take ballet classes once a week and I love dressing up. I love old stuff and making new stuff out of old stuff.

I was raised to reuse, reduce, recycle anything and everything, so I have grown up being able to see the use value in everything. Also to be puzzled by the overuse of things like packaging and the underuse of things that have plenty of life left in them!

There's a psychological term called 'functional fixedness', which describes a tendency to think of items as having only a particular use (I do this - paper scissors, fabric scissors... but those rules make sense. To me at least. Just you let me catch you using my fabric scissors to cut anything else.... you'll feel the back of my hand!). So functional fixedness is seeing curtains as having only the use of curtains. But if you take…

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  • Born on December 30
  • Joined July 13, 2007

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Anything that can be reused, remade or recycled, also anything that deserves another shot at being excellent because hey, sometimes we all need a few tries

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I'm a second year Psych major at university, I play guitar in a rock band, I take ballet classes once a week and I love dressing up. I love old stuff and making new stuff out of old stuff.

I was raised to reuse, reduce, recycle anything and everything, so I have grown up being able to see the use value in everything. Also to be puzzled by the overuse of things like packaging and the underuse of things that have plenty of life left in them!

There's a psychological term called 'functional fixedness', which describes a tendency to think of items as having only a particular use (I do this - paper scissors, fabric scissors... but those rules make sense. To me at least. Just you let me catch you using my fabric scissors to cut anything else.... you'll feel the back of my hand!). So functional fixedness is seeing curtains as having only the use of curtains. But if you take them down and cut off the tabs... you can use them to make all manner of excellent things! Combat your functional fixedness! Is it really worn out? Is it really time to throw it away? Can it be used for something else? Even maybe as a car washing rag?!

Some things I do to help keep the cycle of stuff more constant:

- a percentage of our electricity is sourced from green energy sources
- sewing machines, lights and computer switched off when not in use
- very minimal use of the air conditioner (it's ok to be a bit warm sometimes! Just wear less!)
- donating things that other people might use (the money goes to helping charities and a lot of their unsold clothes are made into industrial rags. Genius! So much less waste!)
- small fabric scraps go in my rag bag for crafty times/wrapping paper/accessory making
- when I can I buy fresh fruit and veg from a place that buys from local suppliers - less freight=less pollution and fresher groceries :) also less packaging if you take your own bags and reuse your freezer bags! Just stick them back in your shopping bags after you unpack your fruit and veg, or keep them all together to use for bin liners!
- I use a Keepcup for my takeaway coffees at Uni
- anything around the house that can be remade into something is put in the recycling bin (go council!)
- E-cycle Recovery are a great company (there's probably an e-cycling company near you) that recycles electronic waste from computers to tvs to stereos! You pay a small fee and they deconstruct everything down to its components to be reused safely and without harming the environment. Amazing!

Phew... if I think of anything else I'll get back to this part.

Basically, if you can see a way to extend a product's lifecycle, give it a go. And let me know about it! constancelabel [!at] gmail.com

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