Sharen Hodgdon Posted 4 months ago What are some ideas for re-purposing common disposable items? Robert, yes transport costs are something we have always considered. We make few trips to town to shop, even though it is 20 miles, for us it is time management and transportation costs. Yes, also, we have used craigslist for years. It is a great resource. Sometimes, though, the travel time and costs aren't worth it; so we always hope someone closer will make the connection. We share items with other people, as iin if we know of someone else local seeking to accomplish some project, we contribute what we have that might be "re-purposed" and visa versa. We here did a group study on ways in which we of different disciplines could help one another through sustainability with the goal of creating a group consisting of the entire town. We had studied Transitional Towns. My son and I put together a workshop with certain tools and goals toward managing an town in isolation to see what we would need for the support of a community. There were many fantastic ideas. We considered everything from power, communication, food, health, emotional support, support for the weak, young, and elderly, clothing, entertainment, etc. The group became quite innovative in discovering ways in which we could recycle, build, make necessary items from basically what our society considers junk, and sharing. The townspeople in general at the time were unfortunately not accepting of such a change in perspective. What we each brought away from the exercise though was a change in each of our own perspectives. When people really sit down and put their heads together many ideas begin to emerge. We all did a lot of studying of both "old" ways and modern ways of accomplishing tasks. By combining these, we found some interesting ideas, such as taking aluminum cans and Knex parts and harnessing power from everything from water lines to running streams. I feel if these type groups were to form in all communities, so much could be accomplished. And include the kids, they have great ideas!