On the second day of Christmas a Waste Elf gave to me 2 mis-matched gloves
When things are supposed to come in pairs (gloves, socks, shoes or ark animals) it’s rather frustrating if one of them goes missing. Perhaps the washing machine really did eat your favourite glow in the dark sock but that doesn’t mean the other one needs to be thrown away and buried alongside the rest of the rubbish in your bin at a landfill site. There is plenty of value left in the one you still have.
There could be uses around the home for a single glove – you could protect one hand (or both if you have 2 mismatched ones!) from paint splashes or varnish if you’re doing a bit of decorating, Depending on the type of material it may be a good way to remove some pet fur from furniture or carpets. Think creatively and you could find other great uses – remember to share them on Facebook or Twitter to help inspire others.
Another way is to show some Glove Love. It’s a charity that puts together single gloves to make attractive pairs. They have a catalogue online so you can buy funky and unique pairs of gloves for yourself or as a different and interesting Christmas gift. You can also donate your single gloves to be paired up with a new other half.
If none of these take your fancy then put it with other clothes you can’t wear, mark the bag with the word rags and either put it in a textile bank or donate it to charity (the charity will send it for recycling and receive income for it).
Unless all your socks are exactly the same, when one gets an unfixable hole you’re left with a sock you may not feel like wearing by itself. If it’s part of a set with similar colours, wearing two different ones could make a style statement or wear them in bed to keep your feet warm – no one will ever know!
There are lots of other uses too, including dog chew toys, shoe polishing rags and our favourite – sock monkeys. This sock monkey has been all around the country! What else could you do?
There are lots of crafty ideas out there that you can try. Online craft tutorial site Handimania has lots of ideas including this tutorial to make a sock snowman! We think this is pretty clever. Check it out yourself!
Look out for our next waste free tip on the third day of Christmas.