“Mended a couple of split laundry baskets,” reads the caption accompanying the photos.
The colorful mending set against the white laundry baskets is reminiscent of the Japanese art of kintsugi. Instead of throwing away broken pottery or aiming to repair it so the cracks don’t show, Kintsugi is all about mending broken pottery together to highlight the cracks. It can take some artists months to repair broken items by using gold, silver, or platinum lacquer that highlights the cracks in an artful way.
By repairing the laundry baskets instead of tossing them into the trash, the Redditor isn’t just bringing an artful flair to laundry time, but they’re also helping to reduce the amount of plastic going to landfills.
Plus, replacing cracked or chipped laundry baskets can add up quickly.
Fellow menders on Reddit shared some praise and thoughts about the laundry basket handiwork.
“Honestly? They look better WITH the mending than they were before they broke! Love it,” one user writes.
“Looks a lot nicer than the zip-ties I used on mine. Well done,” writes another.
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