Go Green! Reuse Your Old Shoelaces

In the wake of the excitement from your new kicks, you toss your old ones aside, and they are subsequently chewed on by the dog, kicked around, and then tossed in the trash. Jeez, what did those shoes ever do to you?

But wait! While you can definitely recycle your old sneaks, you can do the same for the laces. Simply unlace them from the shoes, give them a bath in hot water and a little bleach (or dish soap, if they’re not white), let them dry and then use them in all sorts of ways.

  • Use your old shoelaces in the same way you would use string around the house – the possibilities are endless.
  • Turn them into cat toys. Either use the laces by themselves, or tie them to a jingly ball or catnip mouse.
  • Tie your herbs and tomato plants to stakes so they don’t topple over.
  • Modify your other shoes! Grab some Rit dye and color the laces to your taste, and then use them to enhance your current kicks, as shown over at Bits and Bobbins.
  • Store a spare in a purse or gym bag in case you accidentally break one.

And a few more…

  • String washers, bobbins, or miscellaneous beads on the laces so they don’t get misplaced.
  • Tie them around a few books as you would ribbons on a gift, and use them as a book carrier – no backpack needed!
  • Hang them from rafters or ceiling tiles and attach ornaments or paper stars to the bottoms for some added home decoration.

Article courtesy of GreenDaily.com


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Pregnant Man Gives Birth???

There are no typos above. It’s correct, a man gets pregnant and gave birth. I saw him on Oprah a month or so back and it’s really amazing how accepting the media is of this. I’m VERY proud that noone made a spectacle of him and the little one. I honestly forgot all about it until catching up on Best Week Ever last week.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Thomas Beatie began life as a female and was legally switched to a male, BUT kept his female reproductive organs. “Raised in Hawaii, he spent the first two decades of his life as Tracy Lagondino, a Girl Scout, former model and finalist in a Miss Hawaii Teen USA pageant. Beatie told PEOPLE that he began to dress and live as a man in his 20s, in time officially changing his gender on his passport and driver’s license.” In Beatie’s statement he mentioned that the only difference between him and a woman is that he can’t breastfeed his daughter. And on that note….. read for yourself!


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