Fit to Be Tied: Recycle Shoelaces

Recycled shoelaces made from reclaimed kimonosIt was a proud moment when you first learned to tie your own shoelaces, but now you probably only take notice when someone tells you they’re untied. Well we don’t want to trip you to get your attention, but here’s some tips you can use for the next time your shoelaces need to be replaced.

FREE Pair of Recycled Shoelaces

These recycled shoelaces are made from old plastic water bottles. This is a neat manufacturing process where plastic bottles are crushed and formed into little pellets. These pellets are poured into large vats and melted and stirred, and polyester strands are woven by manufacturers into fabric.

To really see what recycled shoelaces are all about, request a free pair at Ecodot. You do have to be in the U.S. for free shipping. They have a ton of other recycled products, most of which is made in the U.S.

You can also find cool laces made out of equally cool recycled materials. For example, these beautiful laces are made from reclaimed kimonos!

Beyond Shoes

Keeping your shoes on aren’t the only way to use old shoelaces. Especially if they’re broken or you’re missing a match, shoelaces can be repurposed or reused around the house or to make some amazing art.

If your old shoelaces have spent any amount of time serving their original purpose on your shoes, then they’re probably a little dirty. Next time you do laundry, run them through the wash (in a delicates bag or pillowcase tied with a rubber band). Now your old shoelace is clean, and essentially, string! Using shoelaces as string is what repurposing is all about; reusing an item for a different purpose than for which it was manufactured or intended. Here are some ideas for reuse instead of tossing it in the trash.

Remember our post on recycling postcards? Shoelaces tied together (or tied to other bits of string) would be a great base for making postcard flags.

Braid several shoelaces together and you can make bracelets or durable handles for a bag, or a lanyard for your keys.

Recycle shoelaces by using them to hang up recycled bird feeders or lanterns.

Shoelaces would also be perfect for hanging up recycled holiday decorations, like wreaths or ornaments.

Keep old shoelaces with your camping supplies or junk drawer for whatever quick, handy fix that comes up.

The best action to take is to fix a leaky faucet, as a drip rate of just one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Be sure to read our helpful tips on fixing your faucet to save water. In the meantime, reuse an old shoelace by tying it to hang down so water drops will drip down the cloth instead. This will save your sanity from the sounds of dripping water!

Use a shoelace in place of a cloth tape measure. Just wrap a shoelace around the object you need to measure, mark and hold it up to a ruler or tape measure to find its length.

And if you think shoelaces are simply utilitarian objects, take a look at the amazing shoelace art by Federico Uribe.

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