Instead of throwing away old and unwanted materials and items, why not use your creativity to turn these waste into useful items and stylish decorations or art. Start a DIY (do-it-yourself) project to reuse your waste material and items. Here’s some local inspiration:
Didier Ng is a local designer who reuses waste material and objects, and turns them into original lifestyle and fashion products like lamps, furniture, bags, wallets and accessories. Each piece of her work is unique and shows that there is no such thing as waste. Some of the waste that she reuses include plastic bottles, rubber tyres, used banners and rice bags.
Agy is a local eco designer and have been refashioning clothing and fabric. She also conducts talks and workshops on upcycling and wearable technology.
Singapore Makers is the community platform for Makers in Singapore and also features a list of Makerspaces in Singapore where people can work on making stuff and DIY projects.
Web Resources on DIY and Crafts
More online resources on how to DIY and make crafts:
An example of how to make necklaces from old magazines and newspaper:
An example of how to make a tote bag from old clothing:
Instead of throwing away spoilt items, equipment and electrical appliances immediately, why not try to repair them yourself or send them for repair. Some items just need a bit of fixing or connecting loose wires and parts.
Repair Kopitiam is a community repair meet-up for people to go to a designated space to repair simple items guided by specialists.
Repair Services in Singapore
You can find the following repair services in the Yellow Pages:
- Air Conditioning Equipment & Systems-Repairs & Cleaning
- Computers, Personal-Servicing & Repairs
- Electric Appliances-Major-Repairs
- Electric Appliances-Small-Repairs
- Electric Equipment-Service & Repairs
- Furniture Repairs & Refinishing
- Mobile Phone-Rental &/or Repairs
- Shoe Repairs & Rebuilding
If you’re looking for a licensed water service plumber to do some water repairs, check out the PUB website. If you’re looking for a licensed electrical worker to do some electrical repairs, find one from the EMA website.
Fix It Yourself
If you wish to fix an item yourself, check out the following online resources on repairing and DIY:
Or you can also find out more repair resources from books at the library.
You might need to read the user manual for the product that you’re fixing. Here’s some online user manuals: