I don’t think this is going to fit in our Trash Jar

My darling sister and her partner recently travelled over from Melbourne for a short holiday.  As well as catching up with friends and family, one of the reasons for their visit was that they had signed up to do a sustainable Earthship building course, which involved them camping out at a building site on a lovely rural property in West Auckland.

It wasn’t very practical to travel trans-Tasman laden down with camping equipment, so we happily said they could borrow our tent and airbed while they were here.  They arrived in Auckland, came to collect the gear and off they went to pack tyres with earth, stuff straw into frames and plaster mud onto walls.

And then I received a text a few days later…with unfortunate news.

Through no fault of my sister or her partner, the seam of our second-hand, nearly-new (but apparently not great quality) Kathmandu airbed had not survived the camping trip.

So, my dilemma now is, what the heck do I do with a double airbed that is punctured beyond repair?


Well, I’ve done a bit of research and these are the solutions I’ve found so far…

  • cut it into small pieces to patch other inflatables
  • groundsheet for a tent
  • painting drop sheet
  • rug protector for under a child’s chair
  • car boot liner
  • whip out the sewing machine and use my non-existent sewing skills to make:
    • outdoor cushion covers
    • a beach bag
    • a painting smock or raincoat

Or….would someone take it off my hands if I listed it on a Buy Nothing page (with helpful suggestions for reuse)?

What about you?  What oversized objects have bitten the dust in your house?  And what clever concepts for reuse have prevented you from sending large items to the dreaded landfill?





4 thoughts on “I don’t think this is going to fit in our Trash Jar

    1. Hi Julia…one side of it is that suede-esque type of fabric which probably wouldn’t hold up in wet weather. If I cut it in half, that might make it too small to use as a shelter, but maybe it could be used as a mat instead? Thanks for your suggestion!


  1. Make it in to a large bean bag! You can either use second hand beans, old plastic bags or stuff it with old clothe/fabric s to make it in to a pillow. We have a large outdoor bin bag that we got off the side of the road and it’s quite durable material, we patched it and use it daily (don’t own a couch).


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