How to Dispose of Unwanted and Old Blinds
Green practices are becoming more popular in many aspects of life these days, with phrases like “environmentally friendly” at the forefront of people’s minds. Many people are adopting changes to their everyday routines to decrease their harmful influence on Mother Nature, from reusing plastic bags to walking or cycling instead of driving.
The term “recycling” can be interpreted in a variety of ways. We can “recycle” our window coverings by recycling or donating them, albeit only a few types of blinds can truly be recycled and turned into other useable things.
However, there are some aspects of our lives that we seldom think about while going green and one of them is how we dispose of old and unwanted blinds. It might surprise you to learn that recycling or repurposing old blinds is actually a very basic and straightforward process. Here are a few pointers.
- Make a donation to a New Home
- Many furniture-related charity shops, like those that accept household items or clothing, would gladly accept discarded window treatments if they were still largely functional.
- There may be folks in your neighborhood that see your old, worn-out blinds in a different light and would be pleased to have them in their homes – especially if they’re free! Consider students, local shelters, nursing homes, and other non-profits.
- Reuse in a Novel Way
- When your blind can no longer function properly, it’s time to get creative. If your Venetian blinds are made of wood or uPVC, removing the slats might provide you with a variety of gardening equipment. Plants might be supported by the poles, which could also serve as flower identification marks.
- Materials from old blinds can be a treasure trove of creative choices, depending on your arts and crafts ability. Fabric from roller blinds or pleated blinds can be made into place mats, lamp shades, cushion coverings, or throws, among other things.
- Even the many ropes and cords that hold slats together or are used to raise and lower them can be gathered, balled up, and stored for a variety of purposes.
- Components Can Be Recycled
- Even if your blind is actually beyond repair, the pieces and materials that make it up will still be useable in some way. If none of the above inventive alternatives appeal to you, try other options for repurposing your old blinds.
- Aluminium blinds are an obvious place to start, as aluminium is a highly sought-after material among scrap metal merchants.
- Wooden blinds, on the other hand, may be more difficult to recycle because they have been treated with chemicals that prevent them from being recycled properly.
- Because fabric blinds are more flexible than other materials, they are more likely to be repurposed rather than recycled. Many industrial industries will reuse any fabric type as cleaning cloths for machinery and the like, or you can try one of the inventive techniques outlined above.
12 Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Old Mini Blinds:
When it comes time to replace the window coverings, the old blinds don’t have to be tossed. Customers ordering free blinds samples while choosing their bright hues don’t help either.
Some scrap metal and recycling organizations accept window blinds, but there are various recommendations for reusing them to give them a second life.
1. Eliminate Crumbs
2. Begin where you left off.
3. Draw a beautiful line all the way around the curve.
4. Items that are inaccessible are rescued.
5. Make a pouring spout
6. Grooves from a Freshly Painted Surface
7. The glue should be evenly distributed.
8. Make Your Own Garden Markers
9. Stay within the lines when coloring or painting.
10. Build a Storage Box
11. Make a One-of-a-Kind Chandelier
12. Create a mirror with a starburst pattern.
Let’s have a look at how different types of blinds are recycled:
- Vinyl mini blinds can be recycled
- Vinyl blinds, on the other hand, can be thrown out with the rest of the rubbish in a plastic bag, but they should be treated as hazardous waste unless exempted.
- Many scrap metal yards and recycling groups will accept the vinyl pieces of blinds, but not the full blind.
- Mini Blinds can be recycled
- Aluminum blinds are fully recyclable and can be taken to any scraps metal yard or recycling facility.
- Before loading, clean the blinds thoroughly.
- Many scrap metal yards and recycling companies would only take the aluminum and steel from a blind, not the whole thing.
- Any components from the metal head rail should be removed and recycled.
- Wood Blinds can be recycled
- If old wood blinds cannot be converted into anything new, it is more environmentally beneficial to donate them.
- Cut the slats into smaller pieces and use them to build garden makers.
- Sending stuff to a recycling centre could be a simple way to give.
- Faux Wood Blinds can be recycled
- Faux wood blinds are created from a mix of PVC and repurposed hardwood that can’t be recycled again.
- If the blinds are in good shape, it is recommended that they be donated.
- If the slats are damaged, they could be used to create a sunburst mirror.
- Roman Shades and Curtains can be recycled
- Cloth window coverings are quite easy to recycle. The first option should always be to give them to a friend or donate them. Window coverings with a higher price tag are in high demand almost all of the time.
- Shades that are ripped or broken, on the other hand, can be disassembled and recycled. With scissors, cut the fabric away from any hardware or cables. You can recycle metal hardware at a drop-off station near you.
- Fabric scraps and unsaleable clothing are delivered to manufacturers, who transform them into industrial rags and insulating material for resale shops like Goodwill. Many buildings and automobiles use a significant amount of fabric scraps to insulate them.
- Cellular Shades can be recycled
- Cell shades are made composed of a plastic head rail, metal components, and 100 percent polyester fabric.
- Because the technology to “melt down” the fabric into other usable products and recycle it repeatedly does not yet exist, it’s always preferable to contribute shades that are still in good functioning shape and can be utilized in their current state.
- Shredded polyester fabrics can be used as quilt batting, as well as house and car filler.
- Woven Wood Blinds can be recycled
- Some bamboo shades are composed of wood that has been colored or treated and cannot be recycled. The threads of woven wood blinds might become stuck in the shredding machines at recycling centers. Some manufacturers have banned the use of stained wood shades, while others allow untreated wood shades to be used.
- Bamboo blinds are almost entirely biodegradable. If you don’t want to throw away your bamboo blinds, you can reuse them in a variety of ways. Among other things, they can be used as beach mats, lamp shades, placemats, vase covers, and wall hangings.
For both the home and the office, window blinds are a must-have. We can’t live without them if we respect our privacy. We won’t be able to utilize them indefinitely, of course. At some point, we’ll have to upgrade or replace them.
However, depending on the sort of blinds we choose, recycling may not always be an option.