Thursday 20th June 2024

Sugru, the futuristic fixer

A while ago (and by a ‘while’, I now means several years), I was sitting in a business lecture at university, when the professor mentioned a product. On the face of it, this product sounded incredibly simple in premise, but it had come to be wildly successful.

I bought some, and have since been blown away by the effectiveness of this product – Sugru. And, while a pack of  3 will set you back £6.99, ultimately, it has the potential to save you a lot more- if you use it wisely.

Sugru starts off soft, a bit like warm Blue Tack, however it quickly starts to harden when exposed to oxygen, and quickly cures to a sturdy hard rubber state. Although the process takes a total of twenty-four hours, the end result is impressive.

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Mending shoes

I first used Sugru to mend a pair of my husband’s walking boots. He wears his shoes out quickly, and I wanted to get some extra wear out of them, so I opted to plug a couple of holes with Sugru – it did the trick, and we got another couple of months out of them.

Mending fridge parts

My mother’s fridge has been broken for a while. Somehow she managed to crack the handle of the door so that it was hanging off. With a sachet of Sugru, I was able to fix it back on- it’s so far lasted about six months, and it’s still going strong.

Sugru can, apparently, also withstand temperatures of down to -50 degrees Celsius, meaning that you can also fix freezer parts with it. They also have a handy guide for such hacks on their website.

As fridge and freezer parts are a notorious rip off, this little piece of rubber (while somewhat messy looking) could easily save you a hundred quid, if you’re not too fussy about aesthetics.

Child-proofing gadgets

While I don’t have any children in my life that I need to guard my gadgets from, I’ve also seen it suggested that Sugru, with its rubber-like qualities, can be used to child-proof simple gadgets like a digital camera. Sugru has some suggestions for products like this on its website.

 If your child drops the camera, it simply bounces!

There’s little doubt about it, in this day and age of climate awareness, working towards a zero-waste lifestyle is also becoming a more laudable goal. Looking out for products, like Sugru, can be a valuable first step in the right direction.

Maddy Sutherland

Maddy is a freelance illustrator who lives in Glasgow. She's recently graduated and is working hard to make ends meet. Self-employed? Read Maddy's experiences here.

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