Monday, September 20, 2010

Recycling and D.I.Y. projects go hand in hand.

DIY: Recycling Floppy Disks

Recycling and D.I.Y. projects go hand in hand. And if yours don't, then perhaps you should re-think the way you are doing your DIY projects.
And speaking of recycling, I just wanted to post this link and teaser for an article for 2 reasons: I wanted to put it where I could find it again, and I wanted to hopefully spark some imagination in my readers.

PLEASE give props and tips to the original author of this article.

DIY: Recycling Floppy Disks
by Kathreen Ricketson, Canberra, Australia on 06.27.07

The floppy disk was the medium of choice during the 80's and 90's, they are now relegated to landfill, and cost dollars to dispose of correctly. People are great at finding ways to recycle and are making the floppy disk into something useful! Instructables has a great 'how-to' on how to make stuff out of floppy disks. Try your hand at making a bag or if that is too much for you get some crafty geekery for your home office with this floppy disk pen holder from Etsy. Others ideas for re-using these floppy disks include, notepads like this or this and there is a simple little 'how-to' at gear log for these and more fun floppy disk geekery, but for something slightly more stylish try this bag.

Another good article for further reading is:

A Collective Manual-in-progress for Outliving Civilization
DIY Recycling

Do-it-yourself recycling is about modifying and reusing cheap and widely available rubbish to meet our own needs. [Skip to projects]

Part of the appeal is simple waste-reduction. By modifying what would otherwise be junk to meet my needs I can avoid buying something else for the same purpose. Or if I have limited money, or in a collapse context, I can make something useful I wouldn't otherwise have. DIY recycling can use much less energy than full-blown industrial recycling.

DIY recycling also allows us to keep materials in our own communities instead of giving them right back to the corporate economy. Many of us are hesitant to give a source of cheap raw materials to an economy that isn't exactly renowned for making good, ethical choices about what to do with those materials. As peak oil progresses, militaries and corporations will no doubt have increasing demands for all sorts of cheap raw materials and I'm not very inclined to give them up once I have them in my hands.

And I found this one interesting, especially since I have a fondness for cardboard.


How to make platforms from cardboard: This site has an example of a really simple way to make platforms out of corrugated cardboard that you could use to put your bed on, for example.


  1. Soup-port! And this is intersting. I have literally thousands of floppy disks sitting here. I might start making some good use of them (They have 1000's of QBasic/Visual Basic/Clasic DOS programs on them)

  2. nice! i think i can make the floppy disk pen holder. i have tons of old floppy disk!

  3. cool!suppin bro :)
    check both my blogs are interesting! ;)

  4. That's an awsome new use for old floppy disks.

  5. Very practical, If you still got some of those left.

  6. Very cool info.

    Gonna have to try this with some of the random stuff we have crowding up the storage closet at the office.

  7. i just sleep on a huge pile of 5-1/4" and 3-1/2" floppies. glad i found this post.