|Melanie - You're free!|
So first of all, thank G*d nylons are headed the way of the shoulder pad. She or He created a place for the once aggrandizing apparel, and that place isn't the mall or your shoulder and this century he carved a path for the nylon to follow.
Well this female boss did a little lookin' (I have two little minions I gave birth to = boss), and discovered it takes 30 - 40 years for nylons to decompose.
Aahh!! That's the waste-phobe's surprise equivalent to finding a cockroach under your sink.
30 - 40 years?! For something that is literally rendered useless within the first hour of use? Let's see how I've run nylons the day I opened them: simply pulling them on, contact with a wayward fingernail or unruly toenail, contact with my Jeep Wrangler, contact with a toddler, friggin' contact with anything!
So what's a girl to do?**
Use cotton tights.
If you can manage it, organic cotton tights.
Cotton only hangs around the compost post bin for four to five months²; nylons, per contra, stick around for about a long as I've been drinking alcohol now.
So now what to do with that box of nylons my girls love to play with?
First of all, rescue your black opaques and back-seam stockings (you sexy girl you!). No point in getting rid of those until you snag them on that rough part under your cheap, particle board desk or three minutes into your GNO you had secretly hoped would turn into a ONS, respectively.
Now, on to nylon reuse.
Compost tea is waaayy too hippy-urban farmer for me but old nylons can be used as your teabag.
Cheap camera lens, anyone?
I'm never going to store that many onions but this is an option.
But I would use it:
- To better store tubes of wrapping paper (until I finally use up the last of it)
- As a delicate dish scrubber for my non-stick sauté pan (old knee-highs are more manageable)
- As stuffing for crafts or teddy bear surgery
- To better store Christmas ornaments
And here are some more things, including the fan belt replacement and pond skimmer ideas, you can do with old nylons.
**Turn down the damn AC at work anyway. The women's movement, passive aggressiveness and the environment will all be winners.