May 16, 2008, Newsletter Issue #99: Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

Tip of the Week

Part of green living is, of course, recycling; sometimes, though, reusing items can be just as effective as recycling. If you put some thought into what you're throwing away, you may find that some of your trash is your or someone else's treasure. Some simple ways to reuse:

Since plastic grocery bags can't be recycled, take them back to the store and use them to bag your new groceries

Don't throw away old books; donate them to libraries or school programs

Get creative! Make art out of old fabric, office and school supplies, or books; if you're not the creative type, find an organization that collects such materials for artistic purposes

Rather than using disposable paper towels, use rags, sponges, or towels to clean up messes or for cleaning

Rather than throwing away plastic containers that take-out food comes in, wash and save them to store leftovers, vegetables, or other food in

Use rechargeable batteries to reduce hazardous waste from dead batteries

Go through clothes and shoes periodically (every month or so) and donate items in good condition that you don't wear to a charitable organization

For old photos, journals, diaries, and the like that you don't want to keep, call the local historical society and see if they would be interested in taking the items

Old appliances like refrigerators even ones that don't work can often be donated to charitable societies and refurbished for further use

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