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Per­haps the sim­plest up­cy­cling ma­te­rial is the can, which, for­tu­nately, comes in all sizes but is usu­ally the same ba­sic round shape. Cans have be­come so in­grained in our so­ci­ety that no one alive to­day can re­mem­ber a time with­out them, and they hold every­thing from soup to soda pop, cook­ing grease to mo­tor oil.

If Rome was built of mar­ble, we could al­most say that the West­ern world of to­day was built on the can. How­ever, with­out in­dus­trial ma­chines, cans are quite lit­er­ally im­pos­si­ble to make. If the ma­chines break down, along with so­ci­ety, the pro­duc­tion of cans will cease.

For­tu­nately, there are mil­lions upon mil­lions of cans around al­ready that could last for decades be­fore rust­ing back into the earth. Cans made from alu­minum can be crushed—but they could last long enough to see the rise of the next sen­tient species!

The point is that prep­pers should have a "can-do at­ti­tude" and know that a can shouldn't just be seen as an old con­tainer. Con­sider it, like its cousin the jar, a place to store items. Be­cause cans don't break as eas­ily as glass, cans can also be used as tools, and large cof­fee or paint cans can be used as shov­els. In ad­di­tion, teeth can be cut into a can to trans­form it into a large hole saw.

Many paint cans still have han­dles and, when cleaned out, these cans can be used as buck­ets. Old cans can be tied to­gether with a string to cre­ate a prim­i­tive perime­ter alarm sys­tem. This can even be en­hanced by adding some small rocks to fur­ther cre­ate a rat­tling sound to warn you and/or scare off preda­tors and in­trud­ers.

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