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What to do with Old and Unwanted Blinds

Posted on 12th February 2014 by Gemini Blinds

These days, green practices are becoming more and more common across all areas of society, with terms like “environmentally friendly” at the forefront of public consciousness. From the reuse of plastic bags, to choosing walking or cycling over driving, many are making changes to their daily routines in an effort to reduce the negative impact on Mother Nature.

But there are some areas of our lives that we never consider when taking a greener approach, and one of those is how we dispose of old and unwanted blinds. Well, it may surprise you to know, but recycling or reusing blinds that have become unneeded is actually a simple and straightforward process. Here are a few tips…

Reuse as Blinds

As with all household items or clothing, many charity shops that deal in furnishings would be more than happy to take on unwanted window dressings, providing they were still largely operational.

There may well be people around you that see your old, tired blinds in a different light, and would be delighted to have them in their homes – particularly if they’re going for free! Think students, local shelters, care homes and other charitable organisations.

Reuse Creatively

When your blind can no longer operate as a blind, it’s time to think creatively. If it is a wooden or uPVC-based Venetian model, then stripping down the slats can give you a number of useful gardening tools. The poles could act as growing supports for plants, or provide flower identification markers.

Depending on your arts and crafts skills, materials from old blinds are a potential treasure trove of creative options. Aluminium or wooden slats can be remoulded as jewellery or ornaments, while fabric from roller blinds or pleated blinds could be turned into place mats, lamp shades, cushion covers or throws, and much more.

Even the various strings and cords that hold slats together or are used when raising/lowering can be collected, balled up and kept for a host of different potential uses.

Recycle Components

If your blind is truly beyond repair, then the parts and materials that it is composed of will still be usable in some shape or form. The creative options mentioned above may hold no appeal for you, so consider different ways to recycle your old blinds.

Aluminium blinds are an obvious place to start, as aluminium is a widely desired material for all scrap metal merchants, and you may even find that there’s a bit of cash up for grabs (although this will be minimal, depending on the size/number of blinds you’re scrapping).

Wooden blinds may be a bit more problematic, as many will have been treated with chemicals that make them unsafe for regular recycling. If not, they can be recycled in the normal fashion – note that this does not apply to uPVC or faux wood designs.

Fabric blinds are more likely to be repurposed than recycled, as their flexibility is greater than with other materials. Many industrial sectors will reuse any fabric type simply as cloths for cleaning machinery and the like, or alternatively you could attempt any of the creative approaches above.

Here at Gemini Blinds, we stock a wide selection of high quality blinds, shutters, awnings and canopies to customers across the North West. Our range includes a number of blinds made from reusable or recyclable materials, and our expert team provide free advice, measuring and quotes during our home consultations. Contact us today!

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