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.
- 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
- ground sheet - great for camping, a day on the beach, etc.
- 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
- wind-breaker - while riding a motorbike very early in the morning when the windchill is freezing
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.
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(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.
(Aug 27, 2015) ...great idea for a broken umbrella. Thanks for sharing!
(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.
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