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Have you heard of Sugru? Sugru is essentially a bit of self-curing silicone that can repair or bond almost anything made of wood, plastic, glass, metal, ceramic or even fabric! It’s even removable too, in case you change your mind.
I first heard of Sugru a few months ago, and thought, right, it’s just a bit of silicone, how good can that be? But then I kept reading more and more about it, and then I got quite excited reading about all the different things people had used Sugru for on their website. We had a couple of things needing repaired so we took the plunge and spent £6.99 on a three pack of white Sugru and waited with baited breath for the postman to arrive.
When it arrived, we thought “oh, that’s not a lot of Sugru” and to be honest felt a little disappointed. It didn’t look a lot and we didn’t think it would go particularly far. But then we got busy with it and to put it very mildly we were very pleasantly surprised by the Sugru (if my family weren’t probably reading this – hi mum! – then there might be expletives to describe just how surprised/amazed we were!).
We repaired my partner’s laptop power supply that was on it’s last legs. The wire had suffered wear from where it attached to the battery and it would have cost us £40 to buy a new power supply. Then there was enough left over to repair my partner’s drum stool (which would have been £140 to buy a new stool of a similar quality). The stool folds up but lately had been folding up of it’s own accord, even when we didn’t want it to! Now, thanks to some Sugru action it can be sat on without fear! And after all of that there was still a tiny bit left over.
The mended laptop power supply!
We were so pleased with the results that we immediately spent a further £6.99 on another three-pack of silver Sugru and used that to fix a problem with our shower that was causing it to drip all night long, driving us crazy. We had tried replacing the washer, but it seemed the problem was more intrinsic than that, and that there was an issue with the actual screw fitting which would need replacing. We are not particularly technical when it comes to anything to do with plumbing so that job would have required a pro.
Rather than using the white Sugru we had left over, we wanted the silver Sugru to blend in with the metal work, which it did (even though we didn’t do the neatest job in the world with the Sugru – we figured it was better to be safe than sorry!).
The repaired drum stool (which got a special Sugru sticker!) and shower.
As well as saving our sanity, it would have cost us £50 in plumber call-out fees and probably at least another £15 in parts (maybe more) to repair the shower, so suddenly that £6.99 seemed like an absolute bargain. I totted it up and realised that just by spending £13.98 on what I originally dismissed as just a bit of silicon had actually saved us £240 in just one week, and diverted a few things from potentially going to landfill or needing to be recycled.
We still have a bit of silver and white Sugru left over and now I’m fervently eyeing everything up around the house to see what can be fixed. Next on my repair list is a broken pan lid, and then we’re saving the rest for future repairs or hacks.
In case you’re wondering, Sugru in itself isn’t particularly eco-friendly as a standalone item. They are upfront about this on their website and say “a small amount of sugru can help to prolong the life of complex and large items but in itself, as a material, it’s not particularly innovative from an environmental perspective”. They go on to explain that:
- Sugru is a silicone, and the same environmental guides that apply to general household silicones apply to Sugru.
- It’s not petrochemical based, but it’s not biodegradable.
- Sugru is manufactured in a low energy, low heat mixing process, however this is not necessarily true of its raw ingredients.
- We encourage using the minimum possible for the job, and using any left for other potential improvements even if you don’t have another broken thing.
- The question of the environment relating to most manufactured items is very complex, and we try to do our best as a company to find the most sustainable ways of doing what we do as regards raw materials, waste, recycling and energy.
- We work hard to encourage a culture of repair and maintenance, and a pragmatic attitude to problem solving, we hope this will help in some way towards making our culture more sustainable.
So, it’s not the greenest product in the world, but I personally feel from a making do and mend perspective it’s a really handy product to have to hand, and anything that makes it easy for us to repair complex items without having to buy new should always be encouraged. Which is just as well because I’m going to make sure I always have some Sugru to hand!
You can buy Sugru direct from their website or from your local branch of Maplin.
Have you used Sugru? What did you think of it? And what have you fixed or made with it?
ps: this post isn’t sponsored in any way by Sugru (I would have told you at the top of the post if it was) (and also – I wish!!) – I’m just sharing the love of a product I’ve really enjoyed using and found really really useful.