This week’s challenge at Reduce Footprints is a good one. It’s easy to ignore where our trash goes or if our recycling ended up being recycled. We can being to feel it is a waste of our time to sort our trash. There is no away. Our trash doesn’t magically disappear once it leaves our curb. So this week, let’s reuse rather than recycle or throw things away.
I already use my prescription bottles they are great to store a roll of quarters in for my laundry but they are also a good way to keep saved seeds airtight and viable for the next year.
Here are a few other items I could have tossed but instead found new uses for:
- Metal gift card holder: This is perfect to hold small items such as nails, jewelry for travel, craft supplies such as a small amount of beads and many other small pieces.
- A soup tureen is now a beautiful planter.
- Peanut butter jars: These have been repurposed to hold allowances for the grandchildren, a container for screws, holder for the feather collection, holds crayons and even chalk. If you are fortunate to have a glass nut jar, they also can be used as candle holders. Of course they are ideal for storing leftovers or dried beans and other dried foods.
- The plastic lid from Parmesan cheese (you know the kind you sprinkle on spaghetti?) fits perfectly over a mason jar for storing and measuring dried ingredients easy.
- Paint cans: most are plastic today, since plastic can’t always be recycled, clean them out and use them to store craft supplies, toys or use them to hold plants on the patio.
- CDs, Metal lids, and aluminum pie plates, are wonderful to hang around the garden to keep deer and rabbits from eating your plants as they don’t like the movement as they move in the breeze.
Here are more ideas from my Pinterest boards
Do your children wear out the knees on their jeans? You can still use the rest of the pants.
Are you a coffee drinker? You can create your own canister sets with the empty coffee containers.
Need a new roof on your home or garage or maybe just an old shed roof needs replaced. Roofing is expensive but not this one made from old tires.
Even your household linens can be repurposed into something useful. Check out these pajama pants from vintage sheets.
There are so many great ideas for repurposing and reusing items we tend to see as garbage, all you need is a bit of imagination.
If you want to know where your trash, recyclables and even your sewage waste goes I can’t recommend highly enough the book Garbage Land. After reading this book I no longer put glass in the recycling bin for one. Glass can be recycled an unlimited number of times, yet most of the glass we put out for recycling ends up being ground up to use in paving or as a cover for the landfill.
I have had a goal of zero waste for years now, that includes zero recycling. I have yet to reach that goal especially when it comes to the recycling but trash is pretty close, it’s a lofty goal but one I will continue to try to improve.
We can’t have landfills forever, and we can’t ask others to accept our trash.
~~ Jamie Lerner