A staggering 616 million socks go to landfill in the UK each year as households don’t know how best to recycle them. Love Your Clothes Org are encouraging everyone to extend the life of their odd or holey socks and in particular have aimed many activities at the family to help occupy the children during the holidays. Why not make an old sock into a sock puppet puppy? Recycle a stripy sock into a sock snake or that lonely old sock into a sock monkey? Here’s just a suggestion of the TOP FIVE ODD SOCK TIPS FOR THE KIDS.
1. Odd socks make great sock puppets! Recycle them for play, although they get used for dusting in our house-a great way to get the kids involved with housework and to lessen Mums load.
2. And when you sit down to play a game with your kids, you’ll be thankful you kept all those tiny plastic pieces together in an odd recycled sock. It definitely makes play time a lot easier!
3. They also make ideal sleeping bags for the little ones’ favourite toy animals, dolls or action figures.
4. If you’ve got a chalk or marker pen board that the children love to scribble all over, an odd sock makes a perfect eraser so they can wipe that board clean and get creative all over again.
5. You could also try making a hacky sack. Simply cut off about half the top part of a long sock or about three quarters for a short sock. Fill the sock with dried rice, dried peas or beads and then sew the opening together in a ball shape.
Visit www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/lost-socks to enter the family fun competitions, view activity sheets and learn more about re-cycling. There’s even an on line tutorial on how to darn your socks – I might point my Dad in that direction as he is always asking me to do that for him.
August 11, 2016