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Re-purposing a Broken Umbrella Aug 27, 2015

Re-purposing a Broken Umbrella

Location: Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines

Broken but not Disposable
When my cheap new umbrella was blown hard by the wind, it was rendered useless when its supporting frame was bent, twisted and broken. Time to get a new one, of course. But what to do with the old one? Throw it? We all do that. But maybe...just maybe, we can spark some creative genius to make something useful out of its parts.

  1. S-hooks - some metal parts are actually pliable without breaking. As S-hooks, their utility is only as varied as your imagination. I used a series of articulated S-hooks to lift a bbq grate to put more charcoal
  2. ground sheet - great for camping, a day on the beach, etc.
  3. backpack cover - the umbrella canopy is water-resistant. Have a garter sewn around it's edge and it can wrap itself to serve as backpack cover
  4. wind-breaker - while riding a motorbike very early in the morning when the windchill is freezing

Ending Thoughts
A broken umbrella is usually thrown away. Same thing for everything that might just be too old but still functional. Despite finite planetary resources, we evolve into a throw-away society - letting go of a one-year old fully functional phone because a new hyped-up model just arrived. Yet we stand firm against mining companies who ravage the earth. By disposing something broken, old, unfashionable, etc., instead of 're-using, reducing and recycling', we create increased demand for the building blocks of these gadgets that can only be extracted through mining. I used this umbrella as a metaphor to 're-purpose' for creative utility.

What other creative uses can you give a broken umbrella? Post your comments on the form below.

--- TheLoneRider

wind-damaged, twisted and broken the pliable metal parts are bent into different sizes of S-hooks S-hooks to hang kitchen utensils S-hooks to hang laundry and even twist them so the laundry constantly faces the sun
rain-resistant backpack cover meditation mat, camping ground sheet, beach mat, etc. wind-breaker on a cold motorcycle ride  

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Reader Comments:

Chai MateoChai Philippines
(Aug 29, 2015) Galing! I'm kind of guilty of throwing old but still functional items. Thanks for the ideas. I'm excited about what I can do with my broken umbrella at home. I hope it's still there though hehe. I can now imagine my "new" backpack cover.

Rachel ConsingRachel Philippines
(Aug 27, 2015) ...great idea for a broken umbrella. Thanks for sharing!

Tuyen NguyenTuyen Vietnam
(Aug 27, 2015) I love this man, he's so brilliant, positive, creative that he always finds gentle ways to make use of what he's given.

Google Map Cebu City, Philippines

tourist attractions in Cebu City tourist attractions
  • Tops in Cebu City Tops - hilltop offering panoramic view of the city
  • Taoist Temple in Cebu City Taoist Temple - temple on a hillslope in Lahug with panoramic view of the city
hotels in Cebu City hotel
  • Hostel Seven Cebu - newly opened, resto/bar, central location, solo/group travellers
    Juana Osmeña Street, Cebu City
  • S Hotel Cebu S Hotel & Residences - new hotel, luxury rooms, central location
    827 M. Velez corner Andres Abellana St.
cafes in Cebu City resto / cafe / bar
  • Fujinoya Fujinoya - new and refreshing twists to Western style desserts using Japanese techniques
    Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City - tel. 888.6075
  • Bad Boys Wingz Bad Boys Wingz - Buffalo Wings, unique versions of sauces! Great service, accommodating staff, bad boys vibe
    Kasambagan, Cebu City | (032) 415 4811
yoga in Cebu City yoga
  • Love Yoga World Love Yoga World - yoga studio
    11/fl, Skyrise 2 Tower, IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City
  • Yoga Now Yoga Now - first Yoga and Wellness studio in Mactan offering daily Yoga Classes
    at The Yacht Club Mactan
mountain biking in Cebu City mountain biking
  • Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure Cebu Mountain Bike Adventure - MTB tours, bike sales and repairs. Bed and Breakfast + Resto Cafe + wifi
    1298-b V.Rama Ave, Guadalupe, Cebu City | 0942.959.7451

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Suggested Destinations in Cebu

  1. Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
  2. Cebu City - rich in culture and history, 2nd largest city in the Philippines
  3. Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
  4. Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
  5. Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
  6. Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
  7. Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
  8. Barile Waterfalls - Barile
  9. Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
  10. Carcar - chicharon and lechon in public market

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