Category Archives: Repurposing

Tricycle Accessories

Multipurpose holes in the fiberglass windscreen to secure driver’s stuff, and a plastic noodle cup to hold tricycle fare coins

Repurposed Water Gun Toys

Boat Trailer Visibility 

Boat trailer visibility improvisation using Mountain Dew neon bottle

Closed Sign

A sign made from a scrap flattened carton box that is posted on a fabric that covers the furnishings of a humble sidewalk night-time eating place. It says “Closed for 1 day” (I guess).

Scrap Paper as Bread Bag

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Scrap paper as bread bag. At least it's not newspaper.

I got myself some delicious bread at a cheap bakery near the ticket window of Colombo Fort Station. It was for my breakfast while on the train bound for Kandy. The shop put my bread inside a paper bag made from annual accounting report scrap paper. At least it was not a newspaper.

The second time I came across of this kind of repurposed bread bag from a local bakery, it was still the same white scrap paper with no visible dirt. And still the bread was delicious.

 

Gastropod Shell Pot

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Snail meat is for snacking while its shell is for potting

Grilled snails are for snacking in Jiufen town. One house I happen to pass by has this idea of repurposing the gastropod shell as plant pot. Cute.

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Grilled snails at Jiufen Old Street. I see lots of potential pots

Toilet Coin Bottle

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Toilets are available at the huts along the Yoshida trail of Mount Fuji where each usage is understandably expensive at 200 yen. The higher you go, the higher the ‘donation’, and so it’s 300 yen at the summit. Some toilets have high tech vending machine like repository for coins, but a couple, or three of them use repurposed plastic bottle as receptacle for dropping in at least two 100 yen coins.

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Beer Keg Barbecuing

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San Miguel Beer keg repurposed as barbecue grill

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Front view when closed

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Back view when closed

PVC Hanger

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Hanger made from PVC pipes intended for drying wetsuit, rash guard or any swimwear at the balcony of a room in Nalusuan Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary.

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Footwear as Rope Floater

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This rope is used to secure small bancas (like those in the photograph below) by the beach. When the tide comes in, the rope remained visible owing to the attached floaters such as the ala Crocs footwear.

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Small bancas

Newsprint Apron

Apron fashioned from newspaper and tied around the shy but smiling fish vendor waist by means of a string.

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Haiyan Aid Remnants

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Last August, throughout the island of Malapascua in Northern Cebu, I’ve seen plenty of Red Cross tarpaulins repurposed as house roof extension for the rebuilt homes or as boatyard shade. I even came across a Shelter Box – still standing.

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Shelter Box (Rotary)

So to those who have donated for the Shelter Box or to Red Cross for Typhoon Yolanda, I’d say those have certainly arrived as aid to the people of Malapascua as manifested from these remnants.

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Boatyard shade

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Roof extension

Note: Typhoon Yolanda first anniversary is on November 8.

T-shirt Head Wrap

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What they’ll do? Three bangkeros will hold the rope then pull it abruptly at the count of three to manually start the motor of this banca. Malapascua Island, Cebu

An old t-shirt is the stereotypical head wrap or mask of bangkeros where the neck hole becomes the opening for the eyes. Frequent windy conditions on the job make this t-shirt headwear as the more secure (readily available and cheaper) option than a baseball cap.

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Lookout and passenger assistance task for these two banca men in this motorized outrigger boat from Batangas bound for Puerto Galera

Multipurpose Beverage Bottles

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Soda bottle light cover in Malapascua island

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Instant coffee bottle light cover in Cebu City

Well Bucketball

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Well bucket from repurposed basketball ball

There is no drinking water source in Malapascua but there are several wells scattered in the island for household use.

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At the left side of the well are three funnels for each pipeline of three separate houses

One can notice these makeshift pipelines with funnels beside each well as a way to bring manually fetched water using a bucket and rope system to the nearby houses.

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Plastic strainer for this 5-gallon water container repurposed as funnel

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Net strainer

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A closer look of the well water funnel and the attached pipe

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Empty 5-gallon drinking water containers off to be refilled at mainland Cebu

Pulot Boy’s Improvisation

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Old tennis racket repurposed into pulot boy’s ball snatcher by fusing some netting around the racket’s rim

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Pulot boy (ball boy) in action

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Convenient ball catcher, picker and collector

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More on ball boy in action

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Ball boys are maintaining the shell tennis court by marking lines using chalk and leveling the crushed shells using net mop

Multipurpose Cauldron

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Caldero repurposed as ornamental plant container to beautify the unexciting steps of this mountain inn

Curtain from Chips Bag

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Ceiling ornamentation and curtains made from food foil bags or foil wrappers

Food wrappers or bags repurposed into ceiling ornamentation and curtains, as seen in a guesthouse in Cambulo, a village that is accessible by foot only. Processed food stuff (like chips or Choco Mucho) which are packaged in foil, have already reached the mountain villages in Ifugao. They’ve probably sourced it in Banaue town center.

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Closer look of the curtain

Those non-biodegradable wrappers can accumulate and litter the verdant mountains and rice terraces. It’s a wise thing they’ve repurposed these into something practical or decorative.

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Cambulo Guesthouse

In Batad village and Banaue town center I’ve also observed food bags or wrappers being repurposed into sellable products like wallets and pouches.

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Wallets or coin purse

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Sewing wallets while managing a tiny store of cold beverages and processed snacks (for hikers) at this shack in Batad rice terraces

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Repurposing paraphernalia

Repurposed Tarp as Trike Roof

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Advertisement tarp as trike roof

Cock Village

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Cock shelters from repurposed tyres

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