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I went through this a few years ago and wrote it up on my website. Prices and links are all Australian, but the idea stands. The big discovery for me was that there are people who are in the business of finding waterproof drums and reselling them. If you can find one of those in your area they will offer a range of shapes and sizes, and possibly trade-off a ...


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I'm not sure about donating leftover bits... But for recycling/reusing, what I normally do is grab a new bar, and at the end of my shower/bath, get both the new bar and the small used piece(s) wet and squeeze them together relatively firmly. Leave it in the soap dish / on the shelf and they will dry that way. The next time you shower/bathe, you'll have a ...


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FYI - you don't have to have a spinning wheel to spin small to moderate amounts of yarn. A hand-spinning spindle will work great, is much less expensive to buy and far less complicated to make, and is also very portable. I spun great yarn using a top whorl drop spindle for a couple of years or so before I finally (mostly) moved on to using a spinning wheel. ...


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I've found an abundance of ~50 gal. food grade barrels which I use for rain barrels on Craigslist and other local papers etc. I certainly consider this up-cycled and by the time you spend making another type of container water tight, the small cost far outweighs this in my experience. Further, these containers come with a threaded, 2-piece screw type lid. ...


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Another option would be to use a cheese grater to turn the soap into flakes for use as laundry soap. Lux, in fact, is available as laundry flakes from the supermarket. Cannot comment on the biodegradability of Mysore Sandal, however the MSDS for Lux claims the product is biodegradable. Unfortunately no information on eco-toxicity.


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It seems the bottom line of the question is low cost spinning wheel. The Dodeca wheeldesign is available free on line. This has been noted in another post. Porter also sells this wheel and a similar wheel at a very low cost for a spinning wheel. http://porterthreads.weebly.com/store/p4/Dodec_Spinning_Wheel.html. The Budget Wheel, seemingly derived ...


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Toothpaste works reasonably well with a little elbow grease and an mildly abrasive pad.


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We set them in a jar lid. With a hole in the bottom to drain. Set on sink. Small left over soap is good for washing your hands. Once supper small. Throw in bucket with a little water. Use to soak panties overnight & such. Before washing by hand.


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You can dissolve the bits in water to make liquid soap.


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Word of caution: If it's truly an antique and is in working order, upcycling the fridge may not be in your best interests. Depending on how you upcycle it, you may have to make irreversible changes to the fridge which could lower it's potential value. Definitely double-check with someone specialising in antique appliances first. With that out of the way, ...


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Here there is a very interesting case study by the government of Oregon. It is not as specific as you want but they give a lot of figures to understand the cost of processing and collecting glass and to give a quantitative estimate of the average saving caused by recycling. You can find much more examples googling , like this British one, which is much more ...


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You are track of a useful idea here, but the ceiling space is not the place to use it. I have actually asked our local waste management municipality if it's realistic to pull a stream of waste styrofoam from the landfill sorting process. While they haven't asnwered me, because of styrofoam's low density, separating it should be straight forward. The ...


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Mayonaise works on most solvents -- any oil emulsion works. Put on and let soak. For the 10% or so of stuborn labels I find that mineral spirits or diesel fuel work.


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