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By paulgrow
August 24, 2014

Don't throw away those canning lids after you empty the jars.

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 23, 2014 8:54 PM CST
Way back when I was a kid I learned how to make a pin cushion shaped like a fancy Easter hat. The original pattern called for a circle of cardboard as the base, hidden under the batting and calico cotton. I quickly figured out the a canning lid was the perfect size and was stronger than cardboard.

Okay, I no longer make the cute little pin cushions, I admit that. But it really killed me to drop those 'useful' used lids into the recycle bin each week.

Thank you for giving new life to my old lids. And the good news is that even after several years as plant markers they will still be a recyclable item.

Genius! Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Aug 24, 2014 8:34 AM CST
What a great idea. It isn't hard to tell from what generation I'm from. Recycle to me means finding another use for something rather than throwing it away.
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"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Aug 24, 2014 9:51 AM CST
I usually use the words 'reduce, re-use and re-cycle' meaning that I would first not buy something which would become unnecessary waste, re-use for the same purpose as originally intended (a book is a good example of re-use), and re-cycle meaning that it will go to the processing center to be made over into something else (office paper becomes toilet paper and aluminum cans become car engine parts).

Thanks to Rick Corey who is the master of re-purposing, I have learned to look at things to see for what other purpose they can be utilized. A new craft stick can be used as a plant maker, a piece of rebar can be a tree stake. Not the original intended purpose, but it works.

I am still working on 'up-cycling' but it is slow going...feels like I am riding a bicycle up a steep hill. Rolling on the floor laughing I have taken old clothing and used the fabric to sew 'designer' bags which sold for a higher dollar amount than the original clothing. So I guess that's what up-cycling is. Up-cycling sounds like a win/win as it keeps things out of the landfill for a longer time period AND puts money in one's pocket...to buy more plants!
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Aug 24, 2014 1:21 PM CST
@Rick Corey, Please see the previous post. I forgot to put the @ symbol so you would see that I am talking about you! Whistling Only good things, of course. Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
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Claudia
Aug 24, 2014 6:23 PM CST
What a great idea! I try to find ways to re-use things too.
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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Aug 25, 2014 11:22 AM CST
TOTAL genius! nodding nodding nodding

Hurt my heart to toss all those lids! Sad Sad

No more tossing! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Pamkenn
Aug 30, 2014 4:00 AM CST
Great idea - but what do,you use for marking. I have used permanent sharpies on my repurposed aluminum blinds (cut to be garden markers) but they fad before the season is over, right when I forget what kind of tomato I planted!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Aug 30, 2014 5:45 AM CST
I agree that the permanent markers fade too quickly for me as well.
Some people use different brands of paint pens; some use china markers/grease pens.

Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Paul
Allen Park, MI (Zone 6a)
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paulgrow
Aug 31, 2014 7:24 AM CST
I used a permanent sharpie marker. Before I started using these in my garden I placed a couple of test labels outdoors for 9 months. They were just as legible at the end as they were at the beginning.
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