Pass it on

It’s day four of Zero Waste Week and I’m looking up…

… at my lampshades, that is.

A few weeks ago I happened to mention to my niece that I liked the lampshade in her bedroom. So she gave it to me. Well, not there and then, but once she had got the replacement she was planning to buy anyway.

So today’s avoidance of waste has been to replace this lampshade in the hall:

In the hall

In the hall

With the one from my niece:

Lily's lampshade

Lily’s lampshade

Then take down the torn one in the kitchen:

I do like paper lampshades, but this one only lasted 14 years!

I do like paper lampshades, but this one only lasted 14 years!

And replace it with the one from the hall:

Looks wonky because it was still moving when I photographed it!

Looks wonky because it was still moving when I photographed it!

Then dismantle the torn lampshade:

Ripping it up

Ripping it up… the paper has gone on the compost heap

So that I have the metal rings to use to make a crochet lampshade:

They need soaking to get all the remaining bits of paper off

They need soaking to get all the remaining bits of paper off

Which I will have in my office, and the lampshade that’s currently in there can go in the utility room where there is no lampshade at all at the moment.

How about that for using your resources wisely and producing zero waste?

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16 Comments

  1. Perfect!! Well done 🙂

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  2. …Not to mention ringing the changes a bit on the home decor front! Mr SoH won’t know the place when he gets home.

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    • Mr Snail may not notice! Unless, of course, he’s read the blog post. Frankly, we could have bare light bulbs and I don’t think he’d be bothered… but he does like good bedding and heavy curtains.

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  3. Most impressive!

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  4. You’ve invented the game of musical lampshades!

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  5. I love that you are reminding the rest of us about how we can think and act differently — and return to a mindset that pre-dates disposability (disposable utensils, disposable clothing, disposable electronics, etc.) and over-consumption. Thank you for this short, sweet, wise post!

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  6. Round and round the house and a cycle of frugality and sustainability to be immensely proud of Ms Snail 🙂 (and you finally get a light shade in the utility room! 😉 )

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  7. I love your enterprising reuse of something so often just thrown away – and can’t wait to see what you come up with for the new crochet design, as making my own lampshade is something I’ve always been very nervous to give a try 🙂

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