Unconsumption means the accomplishment of properly recycling your old cellphone, rather than the guilt of letting it sit in a drawer.
Unconsumption means the thrill of finding a new use for something that you were about to throw away.
Unconsumption means the pleasure of using a service like Freecycle (or Craigslist, Goodwill, or Salvation Army) to find a new home for the functioning DVD player you just replaced, rather than throwing it in the garbage.
Unconsumption means enjoying the things you own to the fullest – not just at the moment of acquisition.
Unconsumption means the pleasure of using a pair of sneakers until they are truly worn out – as opposed to the nagging feeling of defeat when they simply go out of style.
Unconsumption means feeling good about the simple act of turning off the lights when you leave the room.
Unconsumption is not about the rejection of things, or the demonization of things. It’s not a bunch of rules.
Unconsumption is an idea, a set of behaviors, a way of thinking about consumption itself from a new perspective.
Unconsumption is free.
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The Internet is full of ideas for ways to reuse pallet wood. We here at Unconsumption certainly have shared a good number of them. (Browse our Pinterest board here, Tumblr archive here, and/or Facebook album here for various examples, including several ideas for DIY projects.)
I’m guessing that most of us don’t own the tool the tutorial recommends using: a reciprocating saw (a.k.a. “sawzall”) that can cut through nails. If, like me, you don’t own one, perhaps you live someplace where there’s a tool bank where you could rent such a tool, or a tool library where you could borrow one?
Special note: For reuse projects, many of us look for pallets that are made from harder wood that, if it’s been treated, was heat-treated, not chemical-treated. We mention it on Facebook here.
As you burrow back into your cold-weather clothes, you’re probably taking stock of your sweater supply. Here’s an option for the ones that are too shrunken or moth-eaten to donate: Turn them into fingerless mittens.
It’s a super-easy project and the design of the washing machine drum is perfect for a fire. Its small holes around the drum not only allow for oxygen flow to the fire but also make for a pretty light show. Joe added some welded feet to ours and painted it black but if you omit the extra features you can make this in an hour or less. It couldn’t be easier.
Materials we used:
1 Recycled Washing Machine Drum (we got ours at a used appliance store for $10)
Angle grinder (optional)
Cup wire brush, Cut-off wheel, and Flap-wheel sanding disc (for grinder, also optional)
Ring in the new year with this fun and easy DIY calendar. This project is a double win: you get to clean out all your old magazines and scrap papers while making the perfect end-of-the-year gift for your calendar-loving friends. Who doesn’t love a good calendar?
What you’ll need:
18 x 24 inch piece of paper (or what’s lying around) Scissors Markers Glue stick Ruler Collage scraps/magazines An old CD case
I realize this video might gross many of you out, but I am fascinated by people who view waste as a raw material. As the owner of two dogs I’m constantly dealing with shedding, and the thought that their cast-off fur could actually be turned into something useful is alluring.
A Connecticut-based needleworker named Kendall Crolius, author of Knitting With Dog Hair, shows how she can turn dog fur into hypoallergenic yarn.
FWIW, I don’t think there’s anything here to be “grossed out” about.
And I’d love to see someone do something with this for the Uncollection!
December has really gotten away on me and with less than a week now until Christmas — time is of the essence. I don’t know about you, but I still have a bit of a list to get through and was hoping to do a few last minute DIYs for some of them. I’ve been bookmarking ideas and inspiration and thought some of you may be interested. I think there’s something for everyone on this list (adult-wise) and they’re all do-able in an afternoon.
Of the various projects, this one seemed promising for Unconsumptioneers. (“A simple DIY for anyone (yet so impressive)! Made with an old T-shirt too — so perfect for an eco-friendly friend!”)