What do you do when you get a hole in your rain boots, or a gadget cable starts to fray? If you’re like many of us, probably curse, fire up Amazon, and resign the broken object to the trash or the back of your closet to be re-evaluated later. But what if you could easily repair everything you had so that you never had to buy new stuff again? We recently discovered an amazing new product that works wonders with repairing and improving stuff. Sugru is a handy moldable glue ideal for any number of household projects, including fixing all of your broken gadgets and junk! It’s not only a sustainable alternative to hot glue guns and toxic super-glues, but Sugru transforms from glue to rubber creating an adhesive that’s strong enough to securely bond nearly any material — everything from aluminum, steel, ceramics, glass and wood, to even most plastics and rubbers.
The promise of Sugru is to empower average folks who want to solve their everyday problems around the home themselves, and create less waste in our world. Watch some of their cute videos after the jump to learn all sorts of summertime DIY projects, home improvement hacks, and cool ways to trick out your bike that are possible with this ingenious little solution.
The idea of creating a rubbery putty that would be able to improve nearly anything was born from the mind of product designer Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh. She first envisioned Sugru while working on her MA in Product Design at the RCA in London where she had a genius idea:
“I don’t want to buy new stuff all the time. I want to improve and re-imagine the stuff I already have so it works better for me.”
That thought led her to team up with a group of silicone specialists to create a radical new product deemed “Sugru,” the Irish word for “play” (an ode to Jane’s home country). The flexible material is made of silicone and transforms from a doughy to a rubbery texture once molded and solidified. Although not biodegradable, it is completely non-petrochemical and manufactured with a low energy, low heat mixing process.
Sugru’s durable cured properties mean it’ll stay strong and securely bonded anywhere from the freezer to a hot shower, from the garden to the great outdoors. It’s completely waterproof and temperature resistant and can be used to add hooks to your shower, add handles to pots and pans, and can even be used to mend fabric or fill in the holes of your shoes.
Sugru hopes to inspire anyone to become what they call a “domestic ninja.” The London-based company now ships from Michigan throughout the U.S. and can also be found at major department stores including Target, Lowe’s, The Container Store, and Orchard Supply Hardware for as cheap as $12 a pack. You can also take advantage of a 15% discount on an 8-pack.
For more ideas on how to use Sugru head to Sugru.com/ninja.