Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why is Everybody Down on Lint?

"Lint Shavers and Brushes from"
From D-Fuzz-It to Suede Brush.

I tried, in vain, to find a history of lint and its uses. That assemblage of lint removal devices and related products is fairly representative of what kept turning up in my research.

I understand why people don't always like to find lint where it accumulates: on your clothing, or in your navel. But why this obsession with removing lint?

This substance is everywhere. It pervades our society, rests in our pockets and gets caught in our clothes dryers.

Why, in this age of green practically-everything-else, has no one found a practical use for lint?

In an effort to open America's eyes to the vitality of lint, I suggest these practical ways of recycling this resource which so often is wasted - wasted, I tell you - and thrown out with the trash.

Before it's too late, start using recyclable, renewal, sustainable lint as a green substitute for:
  • Paper towels
  • Drink coasters
  • Papier-mâché
And then there are down feathers: millions shed by careless, polluting ducks!

Oh, dear. The Lemming needs to take a break.


Brigid said...

Actually, I bet it'd be a great additive for homemade paper. We had part of a class session on the subject of paper-making and some artist felt was used but I'd imagine that lint might would just as well.

As for those polluting ducks, I think people from around here would agree. They make a real mess of the parks every year.

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...


You're right! Good heavens, think of all those irreplaceable trees which are murdered to make paper!

Wait a minute.

There's something wrong there.

A couple things, actually.

And the ducks? Oh, my. Yes. That's why we've got those 'don't feed the ducks' signs.

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