We are frequently asked: “Are empty spools and cones recyclable?”
We love that our customers are thinking about saving waste and possible reuse. If we don’t take care of what we have now, what will the future generations be left with? We are happy to answer, if the recycle center takes “polypropylene” or “PP” plastics, they can be recycled. Some centers don’t recycle polypropylene, so we recommend calling ahead to confirm with them before you send them in.
The shrink wrap packaging is made out of “polyethylene terephthalate” or PET for short. This is what water bottles are made out of and can also be recycled.
My aunt’s favorite saying of “use it up, wear it out, make it due, or do without” has inspired me to search for ways to personally reuse or upcycle my empty spools and cones. Some great suggestions we’ve received are:
Sherry S – I wrap my binding around an empty thread cone...I then put it on the upright spool holder...this keeps it under control and keeps my binding clean.
Bri B – I’ve transformed a used cone into a beautiful angel tree-topper. Spools can be strung to become cute garland to hang on your tree or create a spool wreath!
Ruth A - If anyone is interested in birding, the thread tails can be scattered in your yard in the spring when the birds are nesting and they love to pick these tails up for their nests! I have done this every year with my leftover thread tails and when you dispose of their nest in the fall or winter you will see them woven all through their nests!!
Kenzie O – If you have kids or grandkids, a fun activity is transforming empty cones into kaleidoscopes!
How have you reused empty cones or spools?