A new way to recycle your stockings (and other items you should be recycling)

Most stockings are made with a combination of Spandex and Nylon, which can take 30 to 40 years to decompose in a landfill. This durable fabric is great for making stockings, but not great for the environment. Luckily, there are some clever ways to reuse your stockings and help save the earth! We’ve been keeping a running list of ways to re-use and re-purpose your old compression stockings and socks on our website. Here are a few of our favorites:

Super Duper Duster

Old stockings are great for collect dust and pet hair, especially in those hard to reach corners and nooks. (Now you can even get those spots under fridge too!) You can use nylon to scrub sinks and porcelain with scratching it.

Hold Gauze or Bandages In Place

Cut a circular strip from the stocking to keep bandages or gauze secure.

Weave A Rag Rug

Cut your old stockings into strips and weave them together to make a rug! Look on Pinterest or Etsy for inspiration and tutorials.

Let Those Shoes Shine!

Use old pantyhose as a polishing cloth to shine your shoes.

Comfy Handwarmers

Cut your old compression socks up to make soft, comfortable hand warmers. You could also go the other route and cut your socks to use as drink cozies to prevent your hands from freezing.

Make A Cat Toy

Cats have a way of sneaking off with our new clothes or ribbon. Give them your old hosiery to play with and keep them out of real trouble!

 

Read more of our reusable hosiery ideas here, or comment below to share other ways you reuse old hosiery.


Hooked on recycling?

While researching, I actually discovered a lot of innovative recycling programs for items that I had no idea could be recycled (and I’ve admittedly been throwing away myself!). Check out my finds below:

  • Wine Corks – ReCork is grinding up corks and reusing them for all kinds of new products. A lot of Whole Foods locations have also added drop off stations for wine corks, so check to see if your local store has one!
  • Running Shoes – Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program grinds down old shoes and turns them into playgrounds
  • Cigarette Butts – Collect the ends of your cigarettes and send them off to TerraCycle.
  • Greeting Cards – If you’re not keeping the cards you receive for sentimental purposes, you should be sending them to St. Judes.
  • Broken Holiday Lights – Lights not turning on? Send them Christmas Light Source and they’ll send you a coupon for your next purchase.
  • Nespresso Capsules – Don’t throw out your daily source of caffeine! Check the Nespresso website to find a drop-off point for your capsules.
  • Toner & Printer Cartridges – Check with the printer manufacturer. HP and Brother will both pay for the shipping on returns to their company. Staples will also take back most printer and toner cartridges.

Giveaway for Lymphedema Fashionistas!

Lymphedema never looked this good! For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this week we will be giving away a LympheDIVAS compression armsleeve of your choice! See the giveaway box below to enter.

Many breast cancer survivors develop lymphedema after the removal of lymph nodes and have to wear a compression armsleeve every day for the rest of their lives. However, not all armsleeves have to be boring beige. LympheDivas was founded by two breast cancer survivors, Rachel Troxell and Robin Miller, who were not fans of the typical armsleeve. These amazing ladies decided to make compression fashionable. Instead of heavy, hot, rough textured armsleeves, they decided to make fun, comfortable sleeves to inspire breast cancer survivors to feel beautiful, confident and strong.

If you’re feeling crafty, you can make your own “designer” armsleeve too! Pick up a pair of girl’s patterned tights. Just cut off the tops and bottoms and slide them over the armsleeve. They’re a great, affordable way to spice up any outfit. Check out the video below for instructions. Have ideas of your own? Comment on this blog post to share how you express your style.

LympheDivas compression armsleeves are available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg compression levels. These seamless, lightweight garments feel like a “second skin” and provide 360° stretch to keep you comfortable. LympheDiva armsleeves are made with state-of-the-art moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool and dry, as well as an infusion of unscented aloe vera to moisturize and soften skin. All sleeves come with the option to include the DIVA Diamond Band to help keep the garment in place. These gorgeous armsleeves are machine washable – just place them in a garment bag and use warm water and gentle detergent. Washing your sleeve frequently helps to sustain the effectiveness of the garment and prolong its lifespan. All LympheDiva armsleeves are made latex and silicone free in the U.S.A.

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Here are some of our favorite sleeves inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This adorable Breast Cancer Awareness shirt is available from New York and Company for $9.95 and is made of 100% cotton. NY&C will donate $2 of each shirt to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This week’s winner can choose any LympheDivas pattern, compression level and the optional DIVA Diamond Band. To enter, log in with your email address or Facebook information below. Then, choose how you would like to enter: You can answer a question, leave a comment about the blog post, follow us on Twitter or tweet a message.  Click here for more help. Good luck!! Remember, you can enter once (per entry type) every day. The contest for the LympheDivas armsleeve ends Sunday, October 25th at midnight. The winner will be announced the following week. Don’t forget to check back next week for our last giveaway!
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