By Liesl Clark
OK, I have thirteen twist tie reuses, but it sounded better with the number twelve.
I have a lot of twist ties. When we get bulk items at our supermarket we tend to accumulate quite a few twist ties. Over the course of a year, they clearly add up, and my everything drawer is looking like a twist tie nightmare. But before getting rid of ’em, I thought I’d write down some obvious reuses for the little twisters to see if I might want to save a few:
1) Take them back to the store for your bulk needs and reuse them. I try to remember to bring a stash of twist ties inside my reusable bags for my grocery shopping. If you’re really organized you’ll even have the bulk bin numbers figured out so you can simply reuse the same one over and over again. I discovered an ingenious way to decode the bulk bin numbers by….writing the name of the bulk item on the twist ties too! Duh!
2) Tie up plants and vines in the garden with your twist ties.
3) Corral your extra electrical cordage with a twist tie to avoid tripping over them and causing a domestic electronic disaster.
4) Make twist tie stick people.
5) Use them to secure ornaments to your Christmas tree.
6) Hold your ear buds together with a twist tie so they don’t get all discombobulated in your backpack or briefcase.
7) Make an obvious key ring heart to identify your favorite car key.
8) Reuse twist ties to cinch together plastic bags storing produce, etc. (That was an obvious one.)
9) Make a 4th of July Centerpiece.
10) Freecycle them. I was able to Freecycle a few of my long pink ones for a local textile recycling project. They’re used to tie up trash bags filled with clothing for Goodwill. Yeehaw!
11) Use one to hold all your, um, twist ties together.
12) Make a set of “Garbage Gods.” They’re more rad than Legos.
13) Recycle them! If you’ve saved up enough of them, I guess you could strip the paper from the paper ones, put the paper in your paper recycling and put the metal in your scrap metal bin.
But wait, twist ties may be toxic!? According to some reports the metals used in twist ties are often unknown and could have lead in them. But…many store-bought vegetables like kale and Romaine lettuce are held together by metal and paper twist ties. My local supermarket even uses twist ties to indicate something is organic!
Toxic or not, if you’re still looking for some twist tie inspiration be sure to visit our Trash Backwards app where any item you have in your home can be reduced, reused, or recycled:
If you have some twisted twist tie reuses that you’d like us to twy, I mean try, please share them with us below!