When you find a hole in one of your boots, or the handle snaps off your favorite tool, what do you usually do? Probably swear a fair bit and then toss the broken item in the garbage, right? Well, there’s a fabulous product out there that can help, and not only does it come in some of the most cheerful colors around, it also has a great name: Sugru. Named after the Irish language word “súgradh” for “play”, Sugru is a hand-moldable glue that feels like Play-Doh, adheres to just about everything, and hardens to a strong rubber overnight. In our modern era of disposable everything, this is a great option for reusing, recycling, and upgrading existing items instead of pitching them into landfills.
Sugru was invented by JaneNí Dhulchaointigh while she was studying for her MA in Product Design at the Royal College of Art in London, England. It occurred to her that instead of buying new things all the time, she’d prefer to improve and re-imagine the things she already had. Since it was made available for purchase, it’s been used by people in over 150 countries for everything from adding feet to furniture or grips to favorite tools to fixing toys, leaking bathroom faucets, and tears in rubber boots.
The product can adhere to aluminum, steel, glass, wood, ceramics, and many plastics and rubbers. Once it dries, it’ll form a secure bond in just about any condition, from freezers and hot showers to campgrounds. USA residents can find Sugru in most Target stores, but it’s also available for purchase online. It’s as ideal for DIY projects as it is for fixing gadgets and toys, and since it comes in 10 different colors, it can certainly brighten up anything it’s used on.
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