Sugru Mouldable Glue Review – How We Saved £240

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Looking for a Sugru mouldable glue review? Have a read of my experience and how we saved £240 fixing things with Sugru.

Have you heard of Sugru? Sugru mouldable glue is essentially a bit of self-curing silicone. You can use it to 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.

If you want to know more about how Sugru works and if it’s any good, I’ve tried it out and put my thoughts together in this review. Read on for what we fixed, how durable it is and more.

Initial Thoughts On Sugru Mouldable Glue

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 mouldable glue to repair. From broken parts in fridges and freezers to fixing chips in your sink, leaking joints and more.

I was in! We had a couple of things in our home that needed repair, and that Sugru might just fix. So we took the plunge and ordered a three-pack of white Sugru. We then waited with bated breath for the post to arrive.

sugru packaging

When it arrived, we thought “Oh, that’s not a lot of Sugru”. And to be honest, we felt a little disappointed. It didn’t look like a lot of product 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, then there might be expletives to describe just how surprised/amazed we were!

What We Fixed with Sugru

With the Sugru we repaired my partner’s laptop power supply that was on its last legs. The wire had suffered wear from where it attached to the battery. It would have cost us in the region of £40 to buy a new power supply, so this was £40 saved straight away. 

A Mac power supply cable mended with silicone.
The mended laptop power supply!

Then there was enough Sugru left over to repair my partner’s drum stool. The stool folds up but lately had been folding up of its own accord, even when we didn’t want it to! Now, thanks to some Sugru action it can be sat on without fear! It would have been £140 to buy a new stool of similar quality. This meant we had saved £180 in just a few minutes of use.

And after all of that, there was still a tiny bit left over. You only get 30 minutes from when you open the Sugru until it starts to set, so you do have to act quickly! Thinking fast on my feet, I made two little hooks for the inside of our bathroom cabinet. Now I hang my nail scissors and a bag containing hair baubles from it. Just a little organisational hack that makes life a bit easier.

Reader, We Bought More!

We were so pleased with the results that we immediately bought another three-pack of silver Sugru.

That was used to fix a problem with our shower that was causing it to drip all night long. This dripping was causing outrage in our house! We had tried replacing the washer, but it seemed the problem was more intrinsic than that. It seemed 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.

The silver Sugru did the job and blended in with the metalwork. We didn’t do the neatest job in the world with the Sugru – we figured it was better to be safe than sorry!

sugru mouldable glue review repairs
The repaired drum stool (which got a special Sugru sticker for being brave!) and shower.

As well as saving our sanity, it would have cost us £50 in plumber call-out fees. It would then have cost us probably at least another £15 in parts (maybe more) to repair the shower. That one pack seemed like an absolute bargain.

Savings to Be Made

I totted it all up and realised that just by spending a few pounds on what I originally dismissed as just a bit of silicon had actually saved us at least £240 in just one week. What’s more, the Sugru mouldable glue had diverted a few things from potentially going to landfill or needing to be recycled.

We still have a bit of silver Sugru left over. As such, 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.

sugru mouldable glue pack

But Is Sugru Eco-Friendly?

It wouldn’t be a review on Moral Fibres without looking into whether Sugru is made from eco-friendly materials or not.

I would say that Sugru in itself isn’t particularly eco-friendly as a standalone item. Sugru is upfront about this on its website and says “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”. 

Sugru goes on to explain that:

  • Sugru is a silicone. Therefore 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. As such, 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.

I think it’s an upfront and honest look at the complexities of repairing an item, and the trade-offs that sometimes need to be made. As a nation, we throw away millions of items each year that could be repaired. Fewer than one in 10 people in the UK attempt to repair or restore items if they are broken. Imagine the impact if we all tried to repair an item rather than bin it.

My Final Thoughts on Sugru Mouldable Glue

To conclude my review, I would say that Sugru Mouldable Glue is not the greenest product in the world. However, I personally feel from a making do and mend perspective that it’s a really handy product to have to hand. I think that anything that makes it easy for us to repair complex items without having to buy new ones should always be encouraged. This is just as well because I’m going to make sure I always have some Sugru to hand!

Have you used Sugru? What did you think of it? What have you fixed or made with it? And if I’ve inspired you to get fixing, then check out my handy guide to repairing clothes.

PS: This review isn’t sponsored in any way by Sugru. I would have told you at the top of the post if it was. I’m just sharing the love of a product I’ve really enjoyed using and found really really useful.

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