Things You Throw Away That Can Be Reused

Globally we produce a whopping 2 billion tons of trash every year and is projected to increase by 70% by the year 2050. It is a staggering amount of waste. What can we do to help reduce the waste issue? Why not consider reusing or repurposing items to help decrease overproduction and minimize the growing waste problem. In this article, we would like to share some tips on how common household items can be reused.

1. Glass

Glass is great for recycling, it can be recycled an unlimited number of times without losing its purity and quality. Glass is durable, does not corrode, and lasts a long time. Glass jars, bottles, or other types of glass containers can also be reused or repurposed in many different ways, for example, wide glass jars can be used as flower vases or planters. Mason jars have a ton of uses, repurpose them as lightbulbs, storage for things like office supplies, crafts, or drinking glasses.

2. Plastic

Plastic is often harder to recycle, for example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polypropylene (PP) cannot be recycled in most jurisdictions in the US. Therefore, you should try reusing plastic containers. The different uses of plastic containers are only limited by your creativity and imagination. Whether you turn your old shampoo bottles into charging stations, milk jugs into greenhouses, or laundry detergent bottles into watering cans, plastics are durable and can easily be cut into anything you want.

3. Paper

If you don’t know what to do with old newspapers use them with vinegar to clean your windows. Use scrap paper to print coupons, shopping lists, and other necessities. Reuse comics, music sheets, or brown packing paper to wrap gifts. If you have green fingers, you’d love this compostable seed starter guide. Old calendars can be made into really pretty envelopes!

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