Greywater reusing

Hello everyone some time ago I started some research about greywater reuse because I understood that it can be very helpful for everybody after some research Icame up with a concept wich is like this:1-the water enters a container after going through a filter wich gets larg particles2-it goes through a ceramic filter for smaller particle for smaller particles 3-A RO filter gets the chemicals and super-small-particles4-A container with a UV lamp wich kills the bacteria But there are some problems1-I cant be sure about the water quality2-I am concerned about the chemicals in detergents

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Beautiful reuse ideas

Inhabitat is in the middle of its Spring Greening Competition and now has a list of finalists up that can be voted on. There are lots of great ideas for inspiration here. I especially liked the pendant lamp made from poptabs and the inner tube bookshelf (big surprise, I know). Another design that looks good and oddly familiar is the vase made from a light bulb. But really, they're all worthy of a look. Spring Greening Competition

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Reusing Plaster of Paris?

...or simply plaster, is a type of building material based on calcium sulfate hemihydrate... It is created by heating gypsum to about 150°C....When the dry plaster powder is mixed with water, it re-forms into gypsum...So...if I heated the gypsum to +302F (150C), it would turn back into plaster of paris, to be reused agian? Of course you would need to powder the used plaster (gypsum), but would it work?

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Reusing mini blind slats?

I'm getting rid of about a dozen mini blinds. They are not good enough to give to the Salvation Army, but there are lots of undamaged slats. Anyone know ways to reuse these? Thanks.

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Ideas to reuse wooden bed foundation?

Hello all, I have a wooden bed foundation and I do not want to discard it. I am looking for ideas to reuse it by converting the wood in the foundation to something usable - like small patio tea table, garden shelf etc, anything small and functional for me. Attached in an e,g. of how the foundation looks like.  Would appreciate any DIY projects, instruction, pointers to reuse it. Thanks. 

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any way to reuse large plastic posters ?

Today was here a day of elections to city heads the day is over and the streets are full of posters up to 1 X 3 M size that are going to go to trash in the following days most of the posters are made of 3 kinds of plastic simple plastic like large shopping bags - it is waterproof and strechy and loses mechanical strength when stretched. available in size of 0.5 M X up to few M weave of flat nylon strings - not fully waterproof but very strong. available in size of up to 1 X 3 M. with holes reinforced with metal thingy in 4 corners plastic reinforced with nylon fiber - combines properties of them both. available in size of 0.8 X 1.4 M. with factory-made folded and sewd edges for installation on rope etc all are made of white material printed on one side with names / photos / slogans etc in semitransparent paint. passes some amount of diffused sunlight there are also tons of flyers and paper posters (up to 0.5 X 0.7 M) and the tickets used for voting laying all over the streets any good ideas what that stuff can be usefull for ? especially the plastic and nylon posters

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Suggestion for a new contest or at least ideas on reusing....

I would like to see a contest rewarding the best idea for repurposing aluminum screw-top cans! There are some brilliant people out there that should be able to come up with great ideas to keep these out of landfills. Budweiser and Coors cans are the ones I am talking about. Thanks for considering this, Fatgnat

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Redefining Dumpster Diving

Creatively using dumpsters in neighborhoods for different utilities and sports - a swimming pool, garden box, skate half-pipe, and ping-pong table.Check out the great pictures at Scene 360 and Trixiny.What will you add to your community?

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New contest for all you crafters!

Http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests/all/5-Choose-to-Reuse-Sponsored-by-Hewlett-Packard-HPFor all you nifty crafters out there, Greenwala just partnered up with HP to add on to their green-themed contest with the Choose to Reuse contest. Participants upload a photo of their latest refurbished creation.As an example of some things people have been submitting: a soda tab halter top, vinyl record potting plants, old shower curtain turned into a rain coat, etc.The winner of the contest will win a new HP mini laptop and a printer! Plus Greenwala is donating $500 to the nonprofit company Acterra http://www.acterra.org/For more info or to submit click on the link above!

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Large size exercise ball

I have a large exercise ball that has a 2" gash in it compliments of the cat. i'm a nice shade of green and re-purpose/reuse  everything i can.  I have thought of a planter,a tiny 'pool' in the garden for critters and a beach bag. I would love to get a few mre ideas to what i can do with it.....anything but throw it away. it never really goes away anyway. Bring on the suggestions! :)

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Re-use a placard or outdoor sign

Hi I have some A2 placards that have messages printed on them that are a little out of date I would like to re-use them but I don’t have an A2 printer (I can work around this by stitching A4 sections together) - my biggest problem is that I don’t know how I can waterproof the printed paper to protect it from the rain Any good ideas out there? Thanks

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re-use of movie posters?

* hello, this is my first post on the forum, so i apologize if my comments are in the wrong place (just redirect me and i'll do what i can to fix it). however, if this is the right place... i snagged some movie posters when the apartment neighbors were moving because it seemed a shame to just trash them. originally, i thought it would be fun to turn them into envelopes of various sizes. when i tried it out however, they were not very durable. i tried using the search engine for the site, but only came up w/ ways to MAKE posters or put posters on furniture. i'm wondering if there is something small that i can make OUT OF these posters that is relatively simple. the posters themselves are probably of little value due to having tac holes or tape rips. any comments/suggestions would be appreciated. i'd like to make something i can send to others as i have no use for even more stuff in my life. thank you again! *

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What can we do with old Newspapers? "reuses"?

Hi, every day we got a newspaper. I got newspapers in hundreds. What in hill can I do with it? I want somethings creative !!!

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How to get Lexmark printer to reuse a refilled cartridge?

I have a Lexmark Z2300 printer. I refilled the black cartridge but the printer wont let me use it again. It still tells me to replace the cartridge. How can I get the printer to reuse it?

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Are we focused on the wrong things?

I've seen a bunch of awesome instructables here that show how to take everyday objects that we might otherwise dispose of and make them into something new. Reusing or upcycling is a much better alternative to putting things in the trash, but some of the things I have seen here raise a few questions. Is it more green to make something new out of old drink bottles or soda cans, or to recycle them? Is it better to upcycle old clothes, or give them to a homeless shelter or Goodwill? I see a lot of instructables here that make new things out of recyclable waste, like soda bottles, aluminum, or cardboard, or out of things like old shirts or books that could be donated. Shouldn't the green focus be on ways to reuse things that can't be recycled or donated, things that are going to end up in the trash unless we find ways to reuse them?  I don't know if this is a topic that has come up before or if I'm thinking about it in the right way. I'm really not sure which is more green, recycling or reusing. I guess I'm just interested in a discussion of how we can find new uses for non-recyclables, like Styrofoam, non-recyclable plastics, etc. Obviously the best thing to do would be to stop buying these things all together, so maybe we should also have instructables on how we can get away from buying and using these products in the fist place. What are some green alternatives to common waste producing items? Reusing and recycling can only do so much. The real way to make a difference is to stop buying so much disposable stuff in the first place. Any ideas anyone?

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Sandals made from billboard fabric

The barefoot trend keeps catching on. About half of the Instructables staff wears Vibram Five Fingers shoes and Eric has even run a marathon in a pair. But it's totally understandable that people would want some even cheaper alternatives, such as the invisible shoe. Now there's an even cheaper option coming along that's made out of billboard fabric. They're called Paper Feet sandals and are set to go on sale this summer for $5-$15. Now I'm a little dubious about the comfort of such shoes with some potentially sharp edges, but it's cool to see people constantly trying out new ideas. Hopefully this one turns out well. Paper-Feet: Sustainable Sandals that Don't Cost an Arm or a Leg

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I'd like to add closures to the plastic bags that Tostito's are sold in. Is there a way other than gluing on snap tape?

I want to be able to re-use these for dry food storage and am thinking snaps would be the best method. How to? Better methods?

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What are the best plants to grow in a garden for dried potpourri, besides lavender?

I am planning to plant a potpourri garden next year in a small, raised space in Southern MN.  Anyone have any great experiences growing and drying plants that smell nice?  I'd like to start with lavender and go from there.  THANKS  :)

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More things to do with old keyboards

I saw these things in the window of a store in San Francisco today, but the picture I took of the store's name didn't come out. I may have to do something like this next time I find a dead keyboard on the street (or, you know, lying around the office).

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I need ideas for projects using plastic soda rings, inlcuding how to connect them.

I'm working with a youth group, & we get a ton of the plastic rings at work. Instead of throwing them away, I would like to have projects for the kids. We have kids of all ages, so would like any projects for any ages.

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Question: How to use old gym floor wood

Does anyone know an effective way of removing the plastic coating on gym floor wood.  I have managed to remove the plastic once, using a belt sander and many, many, unfortunate, coarse sand belts. Also occasionally using a chisel. This did work well, just very time consuming. The result was a very nice, strong wood. I would be very interested in any information on this. 

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Trash

From trash, let's make things https://www.instructables.com/id/Green-campaign/

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Any ideas on how to REUSE the plastic bags that newspapers are delivered in?

(Besides using them to clean up dog poo-poo, of course:])

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Can sugru be reused after it has cured and been removed?

     I saw an instructable on using sugru to make "bumpers" on the corners of an iPhone to protect it from shock and the like.  This looks like a good idea, but I don't really want to have a bunch of silicone on my phone all the time--just when it has a higher risk of taking a bad drop (hiking, for instance).  The instructable says that the sugru can be removed, but it does not say whether or not the molded corners can be removed and put back on as needed.  Does anybody know if this is possible?  Thanks!

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Make Your Own Tyvek

Got this from Carryology: http://www.carryology.com/2011/09/12/hacks-turning-plastic-bags-into-radness/ Question: If you take a bunch of radness (8+ sheets) /\, will it eventually become bulletproof?                                                                                                 ||

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Wooden pallets turned into modular furniture

Swiss designer Sibylle Stoeckl takes the boring old shipping pallet and turns it into a modular piece that can be used in some novel ways such as the big wheel below.  While the wood in the pallets is not exactly furniture grade the combinations that can be made are pretty cool and it's always fun to see what people can do with something that would otherwise get tossed out. Link

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incandescents: more ideas for recycling!?

Soon they'll be banned, but not extinct!  They're everywhere!  Lightbulb glass is no fun to get rid of, so let's get cleverer (more clever?) with the reuse ideas!

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Help! How do I remove those 80s mirror 12 by 12 tiles off my bedroom wall? Answered

I have one wall completely done with those tiles. (house was bought that way) Can they be removed without too much damage to the drywall behind them?  How?  And  also, without too much damage to myself!??  It would be great if there were any good ideas for reusing the mirror tiles. There are quite a few of them. Crafts,or anything!? Please Help Me!! Thanks!

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Individual upcycling!

Dear all,  I am a PhD student in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University. My research is on ‘Individual Upcycling’ – creation or modification of any product out of used materials in an attempt to create a product of higher quality or value than the compositional elements at the household level (including creative reuse and refurbishment). Would you be kind enough to go to the link below and take 10 minutes to complete my online survey? http://goo.gl/forms/8AnVU9fwCw  I need around 50 people for the pilot study hopefully by end of this Month. Your time and participation will be very much appreciated! Thank you very much in advance for your kind help. Yours sincerely, Kyungeun Sung PhD candidate Nottingham Trent University

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Cutting or chopping packing peanuts for re-use?

How to cut packing peanuts (polystyrene mostly, although possibly also biodegradable) into pieces that can be used in pet beds? I wondered about putting p-nuts into metal garbage can, cutting hole in either metal top or piece of plywood thru which I could insert a "weed whacker" and trying that ... but don't want to buy an otherwise unnec. WW if this won't work!  I read elsewhere about using a blender -- figured that was suggested by someone who'd never tried it!  (1) Don't want to dull blender blades -- and figure static would make it almost impossible to remove the pieces of foam, and (2) It would take forever to cut enough to fill a 3' X 4" dog bed. Thanks.

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betacup - $10,000 prize for innovative ideas for coffee cup waste reduction

58 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away, unrecycled, each year. The betacup challenge is an effort to reduce this waste. betacup are inviting people to submit ideas but also to comment and rate others’ ideas, and engage in discussions with other betacup community members and contest jurors. Thought I'd post this as there are a lot of smart thinking, clever, innovative people here at instructables. Hopefully one of us (or several?) can come up with something positive. Betacup from the betacup on Vimeo. You should consider: Waste Reduction – how does the Idea reduce the number of non-recycled coffee cups thrown away each year? Resources Required – what resources will it take to implement the Idea? (money, energy, water, materials, time, etc) New or Existing Capabilities – does the Idea use existing technologies or approaches? If not, what must be created or invented to implement the Idea? The Whole experience – Don’t forget the importance of the “whole experience”. Alternatives to paper cups are available today but they are not being widely used. How effective is the Idea likely to be in achieving its goal? A different contest format (hint: we’re encouraging collaboration) The betacup differs from most contest formats, because it is open. We are using jovoto, so when you submit an idea, your ideas are open to the public for comment and ratings. betacup via Treehugger

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I s this a good idea?

Um i'm thinking of putting a cheap LCD display digital alarm clock in a small hardcover book with the LCD and buttons popping out of the cover, DO you think this is a good Idea? I think it will be good for the competition because it reuses two things, a unwanted book, and a lame looking digital clock. Both of which would be thrown out by any sensible person. PS I looked and this hasn't been done before. Please post suggestions and comments.

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How could you possibly renew an old backpack? Answered

I am trying to turn an old backpack into something special. It's just a plain black backpack with no logos or designs. Preferably  I would like it to be made out of common items. Sorry if it's too much to ask. Thanks

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Is it possible to clean and reuse pool filter sand rather than replace it?

I know pool filter sand is not a major investment. However, I hate throwing the sand away & replacing it if I don't need to. Is it possible to simply remove the sand, clean it, dry it, return it to the filter AND have it work properly?

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grass

i like grass do you.

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Water-saving toilet hack

Toilets use fresh water, and lots of it.  Sure, you can buy a low-flow model, but you're still flushing with a (smaller) quantity of fresh, otherwise drinkable water. Gregorylavoie decided to get double use out of that water by hacking his toilet.  It's a neat, reversible modification: after you flush, you use the clean, incoming tank refill water for handwashing.  Your slightly soapy hand-wash runoff fills the tank, and is saved for the next flush.  It's a simple, ingenious way to save water with little to no effort. What do you think?  Would you try this mod on your toilet? This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

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are my Cayenne peppers growing

Are they growing? properly 

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downspout generator

Https://www.instructables.com/id/downspout-generator/

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Hack a brick?

I use it to prop books on my window seal and hold pins n junk. help me hack this better

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Sustainable living made easy

Sustainable living is easy and cost-free if we can only open our eyes and look around us. They are many things which we can make use of and make them into beautiful items. It would be ace with these items are useful too. Please support this cause by frequenting our site and even donating. www.projectfidgetyfingers.blogspot.com

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Ways to recycle PaperCore / PaperTube

Hi guys, I wonder how to reuse the papercore or papertube. or recycle it into product. I got some papercore from the wrapping. I would very appreciate if you reply this thread :) Thanks guys.

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How do I remove a heat mat so I can reuse it on a different tank.?

I started to remove the mat and decided I better ask someone before I ruin it. K

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Artists Who Make Recycled Reused Repurposed Creations -- Win Cool Stuff!

I just saw a couple of fun green-themed contests over at www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) -- maybe someone here will get lucky? I think there's something for everyone. Here are the different options:1. creatively reuse something that you would have otherwise trashed -- just submit a photo of your repurposed item along with a small description. 2. create an eco-themed t-shirt design 3. take a picture of you (or someone you know) hugging a tree 4. submit a video of you cooking your favorite healthy green recipePrizes include a $250 Whole Foods gift card, $250 in cash, a new digital camera, and an eco-friendly HP laptop and printer.Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests

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PET. (plastic bottles) Are there any other methods for colouring PET. (Please NOT Sharpies) Answered

I want to find out any other ways of colouring plastic besides sharpies. I want to use heat for shaping and I find sharpies don't provide a consistant covering for my needs. Please list any you know of for me to try. Looking foreward for your replies.

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recycled soda tab earings

 this is a likeable recycable, that will bring attention to any look.

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Capri Sun Jacket

This packaging reuse takes 140 Capri Sun juice bags and turns them into a full-on jacket. It's an impressive bit of reuse. I can't imagine drinking that much Capri Sun myself, but if that's your thing then why not flaunt it to the rest of the world? Capri Sun Jacket

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hp/lb ratio 20:1

Is this not a most elegant powerplant?http://www.angellabsllc.com/index.htmlthoughts, please.

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