Silicone wristbands – recycle, re-use, have fun
What is the first thing you consider when hearing silicone wristbands? Lance Armstrong yellow wristbands? Other support wristbands you have bought or received for charities or causes? What do you do with the wristbands once you have finished using them? Whilst silicone is recyclable we decided to add a few cool uses for them in your home.
- Grip enhancers – place the silicone wristbands around lids on jars to help you open them with extra grip. Alternatively you can wrap silicone wristbands around objects you generally need good grip on like hammers, axes, pitches etc.
- Use silicone wristbands as funky curtain tie up’s – if you use a few different bright coloured wristbands this can look very aesthetically pleasing.
- Lost all the loops that you stick tent pegs into? No stress! Silicone wristbands are strong enough to replace these!
- Sock stoppers. Tired of your long socks constantly slipping down your legs? Use silicone wristbands to stop them from moving down.
- Make your own phone cover to help protect your phone.
- Organise stationary by wrapping pencils or pens with silicone wristbands
- Tie up big lengths of electrical cable with them, like extension sockets with long leads.
- Use them to keep lids on boxes or Tupperware.
- If you are using or reusing water bottles, you can put the bands around the bottles to identify your bottle(s).
- Book covers – not only does this look awesome it also adds durability and a certain amount of water proof to the books.
- Arts and crafts for kids- silicone wristbands can be cut and used to make collages etc or can be strung together with fishing line to make linked chains which can be used to make “bead curtains”
- Add silicone wristbands to your gift-wrap collection – with the correct colour match and shaped gift adding silicone wristbands can make for a very funky looking gift.
- Heat resistant rings for glasses or coffee cups. Not only does this help fingers with hot glasses it also adds more grip to glasses and cups.
- For the science inclined – In a recent study, described in paper “Silicone Wristbands as Personal Passive Samplers,”the Oregon State professors analysed the silicone wristbands as personal chemical monitoring devices. The team measured the bands’ effectiveness by asking two sets of people to wear them in two different settings: average people going about their daily lives, and roofers working with hot asphalt.
Kim Anderson, the head researcher behind the study, says that the bracelets could perform a number of humanitarian functions besides raking in money for a charity. The bands could be used in “disadvantaged communities,” where she says “environmental exposures may be high or our poorly understood,” or by pregnant women, who could wear them to monitor their exposure to pollutants over the course of a trimester.