Recycling and reusing old windows

7reuse411I’m the Queen of reuse here at Chez Green.

Plastic bag ties get used to keep tomatoes growing up their stakes. Old coffee pots keep my string from winding their way around everything in the drawer, old clothes get cut up for cleaning cloths and broken pens have been known to find their way into creative art projects!

Recently we had our windows replaced with double glazing. We finally chose a contractor who”s policy was to recycle the glass from the old windows.

The frames had to go into landfill because they had lead paint on them, but had I been a little more outrageous and creative I might have come up with some ideas like the ones I found on Calfinder this week!

From using them in the garden as trellises for vines and roses to amazing looking photo frames and from porches and gazebos to greenhouses, you’ll find plenty of ideas to inspire.

Recycling has never been so much fun, or looked so good!

I tend to favour smaller projects for recycling, but these ideas certainly got my creative juices flowing. What about you – have you taken on a large scale recycling project? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Check out “7 outrageous ways to Reuse broken windows” for more information.

photo credit: Anne E Collins


  1. Angie on December 4, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I love reusing stuff around the house. My biggest tip is to save and reuse the sleeves at Starbucks. I usually keep a sleeve for 4 or 5 cups of coffee. It’s so easy, and it helps reduce waste!

  2. Mrs Green on December 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    @Angie: Hi Angie,
    welcome to the site and thanks for sharing your tip about the Starbucks sleeves; little steps like this can add up to significant change if we all join in 🙂