More About Toilet Paper Cores

Toilet Paper Core

Still useful, even after they’re empty. (Photo credit: Luigi Chiesa)

I just came across a delightful graphic demonstrating several ways to use empty toilet paper cores: to create wall art, to hold office supplies and other odds and ends, to keep rolls of wrapping paper safe and tidy. Check them out here.

My reluctance to discard these things probably qualifies me among the lunatic fringe of recyclers. (It’s my mom’s voice in the back of my mind: “are you sure someone can’t use this?” I bet she’s surprised to find out that I really was listening.) When the local daycare center greeted with joy my offer of a bagful of the things, I decided to let the world call me crazy and keep saving them.

Today and tomorrow: repair, reuse, recycle (and do a little shopping)

Today and tomorrow are Repair/Reuse/Recycle Days at my house.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable shopping bags don’t stay this clean, but they can be washed. (Photo credit: Tanacollins)


  • Ran my reusable shopping bags through the wash (cool gentle wash, air dry cycle, finish drying in room air). First time I’ve tried this (don’t want to think about how yucky they were) — worked like a charm.
  • Got out the duct tape and fixed the tears and cracks in said shopping bags and their liners.
TP Core

Day care providers turn these into everything from steamrollers to binoculars. (Photo credit: Luigi Chiesa)


  • Delivering craftable odds and ends (like my world-class collection of empty toilet paper cores) to a local day care center.
  • Delivering shirts and jackets that no longer fit my husband (he’s lost thirty pounds) to the Salvation Army Thrift Store (map).
Medical Supplies

The Humane Society finds veterinary uses for many kinds of medical supplies. (Photo credit: Animagus)

  • Delivering surplus medical supplies (oxygen tubing, small containers) to the Lake Humane Society in Mentor (map).


Shop recycle:

Little by little, I’m finding order in my chaos!

Repair, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Keep It Out of the Landfill