a clarification of the mandate should be:
Items serving multiple purposes when appropriate.
An example on another thread that bugs me is the:
shelter stakes, stakes in a stove, chopsticks, toothbrush holder stem and trowel poo digger.
The resource is already tasked for a single purpose at that time, and cannot be concurrently used for another purpose.
when the stake is used to hold up/down the shelter, it cannot be used as a trowel, or a stove pot holder, unless you temporarily take down the shelter. Also the stake used in a stove will be weakened by the fire. If used as a chopstick after being a trowel, it's quite gross to use as an eating utensil.
The over riding rule is that in an emergency, one piece of gear can be re-purposed. Example: hiking poles and bandana can be re-purposed as bandage and splint for a broken leg.