Get rid of plastic handles


Has it ever happen to you, that a handle of a lid of a kitchen pot gets burned or broken? If not, then aren’t those plastic handles just ugly?

It does not mean you have to promote landfill and through the whole lid or even pot out! All you need is a wooden stick, a saw, a knife, screwdriver and a screw from what is left of a handle. Just cut out with a saw a small piece from a branch, then make a hole with a knife so that screw could come in, but not too large, then attach it to a lid.


IMG_0218 IMG_0221Here you see a burnt handle and new wooden handle already installed. You can leave the bark if you wish and it will help your wood not to dry out unevenly. It is important if you have fresh (green) wood. If it dries out unevenly, it might crack. You can put some water on it time to time in order to even the drying process. However in my case the crack does not bother.

IMG_0219This is old screw inserted into a piece of wood. It is not very strong, but it works. You can use a better screw if you wish more safety, because that is a machine screw, not a wood screw, and it is too short.

IMG_0220 Later I will replace the handles of a pot as well as soon as I figure out how to do it in only five minutes and without drill or other special equipment.

Once again, it is not about saving money, however you will save it, but rather about reducing the landfill.


About Pavels Melnis

Independent ecology activist, family farmer, gardener and forestkeeper. Musician: violin, guitar, singing. Hobbies: traveling by bicycle, learning to play different music instruments - accordion, piano, recorder flute, harmonica, drums; languages, theology, prehistory, logbuilding, repairing and recycling. Religious. Ecological. Love all things ethnic and traditional.
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