One of our readers, the lovely Nicola – author of all sorts of exciting green things – told me about the sad demise of her espresso maker.
The aluminium espresso maker found itself with a broken handle, and Nicola being an avid zero waster, was on the lookout for some innovative ideas before resigning her broken pot to metal recycling.
I put her plea on our Facebook page and you didn’t let me down!
David, Antonella and Patrizia suggested repairing it. Now if I know Nicola I would guess she has already considered this and found it to be no-go. But let’s remember that REPAIR is a fantastic ‘R’ to add to the list of reduce, reuse and recycle.
The fabulous Make it and Mend it girls got excited about Nicola turning her old espresso coffee pot into a vase. They wrote “It would look fab displayed with other bits from the kitchen – and even better put a piece of string through the pipe at the bottom and fill the bottom with water and you have a self watering pot!” They shared a link to a funky self watering pot they had made from a plastic bottle for inspiration.
Eunice agreed that a vase was the way to go and Dora could see it filled with little flowers…
Lucy is on a similar wave length to Little Miss Green. They both opted for a knick knack holder; particularly for pencils, pens and ruler. I too think it would make a great desk tidy. We currently have a big honey pot, but it’s plastic and now broken so we’ll be updating it soon.
Getting her creative head on was Vicki. She wrote “I’ve been thinking about using a coffee pot & huge cup & saucer to make a water feature for my garden. Haven’t figured out the particulars yet”. Hmmm, I could see that working; I have a small indoor water feature that has a small pottery jug where the water pours from. It could look pretty stylish if done right.
This is undoubtedly one of my favourites! Kuei Ying Proietti shared a link to an amazing espresso lamp which shares a simple and intuitive operation. All you do is open the lid to turn the light on and close it to turn it off. The direction and amount of the emitting light depends on the position of the lid to create the perfect ambience. Mr Green has made a couple of lamps here at zero waste towers and I can see him champing at the bit to make one like this
Check out the video below!
So those are the ideas from the community so far. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for Nicola, and Nicola – tell us what you are going to do!
Nicola is a city-based environmental journalist/author and mum of two young children. She’s written seven published books including the best selling “Save Cash & Save the Planet” and “Homemade Kids: thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children”. She blogs at Around Britain without a Plane and Homemade Kids.