9 Ways Duct Tape Saved the Day

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One of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental footprint is to simply buy less stuff. But in a world where items are bound to get bent, broken, dented or damaged, buying new sometimes feels inescapable. Enter the DIYer’s favorite go-to: duct tape.

Lowe’s and Earth911 challenged our readers to submit their best revamped, revitalized or reused projects that used duct tape to make something old or broken useable again. Then, a panel of Earth911 judges picked their favorites to feature here. Click through the slides, and even though official voting has closed, you can take a look at all our entries – and discover which took home the top prizes!


Editor’s Note: Earth911 partners with many industries, manufacturers and organizations to support its Recycling Directory, the largest in the nation, which is provided to consumers at no cost. Lowe’s is one of these partners.

1st Place: Dog Food Bag Turned Beachy

dog food bag, dog food bag craft, diy, reuse, duct tape
dog food bag, dog food bag craft, diy, reuse, duct tape
office furniture, easy repair ideas, diy, duct tape, reuse
portfolio, easy repairs, diy, duct tape, art
rafting, raft repair, DIY fixes, simple fixes, duct tape
play pool, plastic pool, duct tape, easy repairs, reuse ideas
cup holder, easy repairs, home repairs, car repairs, duct tape, reuse
hello kitty, backpacks, diy, easy repair, reuse, duct tape
box fan, duct tape, duct tape fixes, easy repairs, DIY
cooler, ice chest, diy, easy repairs, duct tape
Pick Your Favorite!

Recycling pet food bags is virtually non-existent, and many Earth911 readers have written in asking what to do with these materials.

This entrant took an old dog food bag and used different colored and patterned duct tape to save it from the trash to become a handy beach tote (with a pocket!) instead.

After votes were tallied, this entry won first place as of the close of our contest. Congratulations!

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