Trash Hacker: Plastic Bread Clip to Earbud Tamer

We’d like to introduce Jake Ducey, our first guest blogger here at Trash Backwards. Here’s his offering for Trash Hacker week:

We are nothing if not consumers.  While a certain level of consumption is unavoidable, most of us are pushing the envelope.  We need to embrace the concept of a more circular economy and begin designing products with their end of life (EOL) in mind.  Currently we operate in a more linear economy, one where we take, make, and dispose.  Each time we do this we are eating into a finite supply of resources and often giving off toxic waste.  It simply can’t continue forever.  While it may take some time for this shift in thiking to take hold, there are numerous things we can do to divert trash from landfills (trash backwards).

Below is a quick and easy example of how a seemingly useless household item can be reused and diverted from our landfills.  Keep in mind that even if you do recycle something it requires energy and resources for that to happen.  Reuse is always the preferred option, when possible.  Thanks for reading!

I have always had issues storing my earbuds in a tidy manner – no longer.

This plastic tab came from a bag of oranges but I have also seen them on bread bags.

Jake Ducey works for NextGen Collections, a green company who collects ink/laser printer cartridges for remanufacturing and soon will start paying consumers top $$$ for used electronics like cell phones/laptops/printers/etc.  Divert waste from our landfills and fatten your pockets!

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3 Comments on “Trash Hacker: Plastic Bread Clip to Earbud Tamer”

  1. miscelaineous46
    April 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    Now that is the first useful idea I have ever seen for those annoying ‘bread clips’. Now if you could come up with a use for the wire bread thingies that are just so annoying!! I throw them away and put a pinchie clothespin on my bread bag. And on my bag of chips, and my partially used bag of frozen veggies, and anything else in the kitches that needs to be reclosed and doesn’t have a zip closure. Now there you have my tip of the day. 🙂

  2. C Besser
    April 6, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    Thanks Jake! Great idea! I’ve already made two earbud clips!


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