Clever Uses For 25 Things You Throw Away

17 May

garbage can smellyIn the USA each person throws away nearly 5 pounds of trash daily, enough to fill 63,000 garbage trucks, which could form a line that would stretch from the earth halfway to the moon! Almost 1/3 of the waste generated is just by the packaging from all the stuff we buy. You’ve heard the slogan “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, but most people just focus on recycling. This post will show you how to REUSE items so you can REDUCE consumption and the need to recycle and best of all, reduce the amount of trash created.

One of the best ways to start reducing waste is to conduct a Household Trash Audit which will really open your eyes about how much waste you and your family are creating, and is a really good way to teach children about conservation.

  1. Bedding bags
  2. Breadbag clips
  3. Broken crayons
  4. Buttons
  5. Cardboard boxes
  6. CDs & DVDs
  7. Citrus fruit peels 
  8. Coffee grounds
  9. Dryer sheets
  10. Egg cartons
  11. Eggshells
  12. Greeting cards
  13. Kitchen scraps
  14. Kitty litter buckets
  15. Newspapers
  16. Pantyhose
  17. Pill bottles
  18. Plastic bags
  19. Plastic milk jug
  20. Plastic water bottles
  21. Shower curtain liner
  22. Silica packs
  23. Tea bags 
  24. Tin (metal) cans
  25. Toilet paper & paper towels tubes

Reducing waste by reusing and re-purposing things we usually throw away not only reduces pollution in landfills, but also pollution produced and energy used to manufacture new goods. And that’s good for us all!

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5 Responses to “Clever Uses For 25 Things You Throw Away”

  1. Canadianbudgetbinder May 18, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    It’s true we throw so much out in the bin that we can re-use or repurpose.. Thanks for sharing this list. I’ve shared it on my Facebook page to see what the fans have to share as well. Mr.CBB

    • realpennywise May 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Thanks a lot for sharing my post, Mr. CBB! I will be happy to stop by 😀

      • Canadianbudgetbinder May 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

        Not a problem mate, always happy to help out a friend! Cheers

  2. realpennywise May 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Thanks for the feature on your blog, Vicki! I truly appreciate my Northern neighbors. You can also follow me on Facebook for all the best daily tips. https://www.facebook.com/RealPennyWisePage

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