Don't Throw Away… Reuse

By | December 24, 2007

Reuse means to use the same item again, generally for a different purpose. As opposed to recycle, which means to break down the product and create a new item using the old materials, reuse extends the life of the product.

I am a huge proponent of reusing products. I do not like the idea of “wasting stuff.” Moreover, reusing products saves money and possibly time. I often find ways to take products that are no longer useful in its original context and use them for something else that becomes useful. Here are some of items that I frequently reuse:

Used Plastic Bags
I use the grocery bags for my trash. I save up all the bags from shopping and use them for my waste basket.

Used Dryer Sheets
I use them to wipe my desk and LCD screens. They may not be good for your dryer anymore, but they are great for picking up dust.

Old Newspaper and Magazines
I use them as table spreads for meals. They are great for keeping my table clean of food stains and spills. Once the meals are finished, I throw the papers away.

Used Plastic Jars/Containers
I use the plastic jars/containers to store packaged sauce, like ketchup, salt and pepper. I also use them to store plastic forks, knives, and spoons.

Shipping Boxes
I reuse the shipping boxes as storage boxes to keep my apartment organized. I stack up the boxes to save space.

Advertisment CDs
I received tons of CDs from AOL in the past. I used the CDs as coasters.

Expired Visine Tear Drops
My unopened boxes of Visine tear drops had expired. Instead of throwing them away, I reused the fluids to clean the lens on my glasses. And it works great.

If you also reuse items in your home or office, please share your experience.

And here are some related links:

The demons of disposable water

Why Reuse Beats Recycling

freecycle

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