Thursday, January 26, 2012

Survival Skills - Learning to Improvise by Recycling


Being able to improvise in a survival situation can be a valuable skill. It can be the difference between surviving with what’s available or struggling to survive when resources may be limited. In combination with a little innovation and some creativity on your part, it is usually not that difficult to improvise a solution.

Recycling can be an important part of the process when learning to improvise. People often fail to realize just has resourceful they can be when the need arises. There are numerous things that can be easily done which will help them improvise an effective solution during a crisis. It can form a solid basis for improving your ability to improvise and is a great way to spark your imagination. As a result, it will be easier to find an effective and innovative solution to your problems during a crisis.

The empty soda can which has been turned into a simple alcohol stove, the recycled 2 liter soda bottle that’s being used for extra water storage or the empty tuna can with a piece of cardboard coated in wax drippings from an old candle are just a few of the ways that recycled items have been used to solve a need. This is nothing new to the average survivalist. Most survivalists know a multitude of uses for a variety of items. Many average persons though may not even be aware of the existence of the uses for these items which often get discarded on a frequent and regular basis.

Our “throw away” society has crippled our ability to improvise and we quite often find ourselves needlessly discarding items that may still serve a useful purpose. It’s important to remember that your resources may be limited during a crisis or in a survival situation and need to be utilized to their fullest extent. How many times have looked for an obscure item? You realize it’s just what you needed but suddenly it’s too late because you’ve already thrown it away. This may not happen to you often but sooner or later it will.

Can you recycling everything? Probably not but it can it help you become better able to improvise a solution when your available resources are limited. Check to see if you can fill a need before you discard that "worthless" item. It may be just the solution you're looking for to your problem and it may not be so "worthless" after all is said and done.

After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Got recycled solution?

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

3 comments:

Mike Creuzer said...

Recycling doesn't just mean to use the blue bin instead of the brown one.

I like doing a version of recycling called upcycling.

Making stuff out of trash or 'recyclables'

My latest is a hot air solar panel to heat my garage. I spent only $7 in new materials to complete it. It is totally doable with only recycled parts. http://mike.creuzer.com/topic/builds/his/solar-panel

riverwalker said...

To: Mike

Upcycling sounds like a great way to re-use items.

Thanks Mike.

RW

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