By Liesl Clark
We didn’t know about sugru until a couple weeks ago, and it’s already fixed several household items we were sure we’d have to throw away. Sugru, according to sugru, does and is this:
“sugru is the exciting new self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand. It moulds like play-dough, bonds to almost anything and turns into a strong, flexible silicone rubber overnight.”
It’s way fun to handle and even more fun to apply to items you thought were headed for the landfill. That old metal watering can that has a leak in it? Fill the leaky spot with sugru (rather than firing up your soldering iron.) Have a small crack in your Wellies? Repair it with sugru. Got a long crack in the bottom of a plastic bucket? Mould some sugru into the crack on both sides and you’ll have a leak-proof bucket again.
I’m not a big fan of plastic, but we do have a few plastic items still hanging about like buckets, rain boots, watering cans, and endless children’s toys. Sugru will extend their lives for us much longer than the plastics industry intended. And perhaps the biggest breakthrough for me is that my children like using sugru to fix their own things.
My daughter had a missing leg on one of her pieces of dollhouse furniture. Sugru. Rather than whittling a stick to fit into the hole left by the missing leg, she chose to fill it with sugru and sculpt a new sugru leg for her little table.
My son, as a preventative measure to stop his favorite shoes from coming apart, stuck sugru in the gap between the toe cap and the outsole. This reinforcement will mean he can take the shoes trekking with us in Nepal. We’re even planning on bringing a few packs of sugru with us so we can repair other expedition-members’ shoes if they start to fall apart. Oh how we could’ve used sugru to save our feet in the past!
Our friend, Molly, used sugru to repair a garden glove. Here’s how she describes her sugru experience: “I had some expired (orange) sugru and tried a repair of hole-y gloves (missing coating on fingertips, big crack/gap in web.) One key for the gloves was really rubbing the sugru into the fabric & tapering off into surrounding ‘sound’ coating. I also let it dry 3 days before trying to pick it off.”
I marvel at this repair because we have about 50 pair of used garden gloves we’ve gleaned from the streets of our fair island that we are taking to Nepal to donate to rag pickers there to help protect them from infection. The project is called Garden Glove Love. Many of the gloves simply need a little repair like Molly did. A few packs of sugru will definitely be donated along with the gloves.
Sugru has a 6 month shelf life but will last 18 months if stored in the fridge. Some people use it to make cool form-fitting grips for their tools, or for a rubbery bounce-proofing for their cell phones and cameras. It’s truly a wonder goo, able to withstand high temperatures, sub zero freezes and it can take a beating from sea water, too. Check out Sugru’s website for more innovative uses of the stuff. Oh, and I wasn’t paid by sugru to write this review.
If you’re interested in more “fix it” ideas, be sure to visit our Trash Backwards app where we have a new “Fix It” button you can click on for any item you input into the app. And if you have a great idea for fixing something, please share it with us so we can share it with our users, too.