Tiny Trash Can sewing repair

Repair instead of replace

Milo the cat has started leaving “presents” at my bedroom door. Luckily, since he’s an indoor cat, his conquests are of the stuffed variety 😆

His favorite toy to hunt is this little tiger, which we received secondhand from my mom. After years of attacks, the toy was starting to show its age. I came home one day to find polyester fiberfill strewn all over the house 😳 A seam had busted, and the stuffing was coming out.

Tiny Trash Can repair don't replace

Rather than throw it away, I took a couple minutes to refill the toy and stitch up the seam before it got worse. Milo was more than happy to immediately test out my sewing skills! 😂 I think this little toy has a few more years in it 😊

Tiny Trash Can repair don't replace

4 thoughts on “Repair instead of replace”

  1. All great ideas! How do you buy fish? I go to Metro and try to avoid the Styrofoam trays but use the nice plastic sealable bags they provide. But is that recyclable? .Then what about milk cartons with those handy plastic spouts? And orange juice and bog yoghurt containers? Recyclable but is there a way to avoid them at alk? When I grew up in Holland we had glass bottles for both milk and yoghurt. Not any more.

    1. Hi! You can try buying fish directly at the fish counter at your grocery store or at a specialty seafood shop. Bring a clean, sealable container (tupperware, glass jar, whatever you have). They’ll weigh the empty container for you, set the scale to zero, add the fish, then put a price sticker on it 😀

      The sealable bags are probably not recyclable in your blue bin (but you’d have to ask your city to be sure). The grocery store might have a drop off where you can recycle plastic bags, but you’d likely have to wash them first if they have fish juice in them …

      And even IF the bags are recyclable, it’s always best to refuse/reduce/reuse them first. Sadly, plastic recycling doesn’t really work. The hardest plastics (like #1) can be recycled once, but the other plastics—if they’re recycled at all—are mixed with other materials when they’re “recycled,” rendering them unrecycleable afterward (think carpets, synthetic fabrics, composite wood products, etc.). Plastic recycling is a convoluted and energy-intensive path back to the natural environment or the landfill 🙁

      Milk cartons (and TetraPaks) are recyclable in my city; you’d have to check with yours. I still avoid them though. I buy milk in consigned glass bottles at conventional grocery stores. I can find La Pinte and Harmony brands pretty easily. I pay a small deposit when I purchase them, and I get that deposit back when I return the bottle to the store. I’m seeing these types of options more and more. Chagnon sells their yogurt in glass jars, but they don’t take the jars back. So when I buy it, I remove the labels and repurpose the jars! If your grocery store doesn’t carry these brands, ask them to! 😀

        1. Yes, it’s on my list of things to try! Thanks for the nudge 😉 I’m able to buy locally made yogurt in consigned glass containers at Epicerie Loco, so I haven’t been super motivated to try making it LOL

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