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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Alyssa H-USA, Nov. 13, 2012

In our day to day lives, we all consume products that have the potential to be reused or re-purposed. Often times, we don’t even consider the possibilities of our used materials. Although simply throwing away or recycling something is usually easiest, it deters from the health of the environment.. After all, everything that we “throw away” may vanish from our sight but remains a part of the Earth forever. To reuse and re-purpose items will be beneficiary to the environment, and will help reduce each individual’s carbon footprint. We all can reuse things such as plastic, refilling our water bottles several times before disposing of them. In addition, we also can re-purpose these items, such as using a jar of peanut butter to gather change. These small efforts may seem too minute to make a difference, but collectively can make a positive impact on our environment and help to preserve our planet.

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Scott P-USA, Nov. 13, 2012

I personally use too many water bottles a day. I drink three to six bottles a day and usually reuse the bottles the next day. Even though I drink so much water, I reuse them in order to save carbon emissions. Although it is not as resourceful as using a reusable bottle everyday, it is still something. Quite honestly, I do not use a reusable bottle because it is much more convenient to use plastic water bottles. People (including me) need to put reducing carbon emissions before convenience.

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Lindsey M-USA, Nov. 13, 2012

I drink a lot of water everyday as an athlete, and I use the reusable water bottles almost every time, but I really hate to see people only use a plastic bottle and then throw it away just to buy another one. Bottled water is not any healthier than tap water, and it costs more too. So, using a refillable, reusable water bottle is eco friendly and it can save people money.

http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/5-reasons-not-to-drink-bottled-water
Lindsey M-USA
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  • Chris A-USA Chris A-USA Nov. 13, 2012
    This is a huge problem, and one that needs to be addressed more. Millions of bottles of water are bottled and sold every week. These bottles, although they are thin plastic, have been using energy since the beginning. They were made, melted down and reformed, used, melted down and reformed, etc. etc. Water bottles use a lot of energy to keep recycling and also end up costing the consumer more money as time goes then getting reusable bottles. A case of water is what, about $3-5, and you probably buy one every couple weeks? A reusable is $10-20 and you can use it for as long as you care for it. I have used the same bottle for 8months now and it is easy because you can seal it just like a bottle and it is better for the environement.
  • Lindsey M-USA Lindsey M-USA Nov. 13, 2012
    That's great I have two reusable bottles that I use, so that when one needs to be washed, the other one is ready to be used.

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Christina F-USA, Nov. 12, 2012

Recycling is good for the environment but it still takes energy to recycle all that stuff. Plus some of the plastic that we place in the bin doesn’t even get recycled. The best thing to do is to reuse products. It not only saves us money but it’s also better for the environment.
Like people before me have stated before you can create compost piles but those release a lot of heat and they smell bad. They have good uses but I would find it hard to go in my backyard if there were a bunch of flies and bugs in there. If you want to get a good fertilizer, some companies make fertilizers from compost and they are more natural.
You can also reuse old torn up clothes that can’t be donated as cleaning clothes, then you don’t have to spend money buying towels that will end up getting stained and gross.
You can also reuse clothes and make a quilt, headband, or even new clothes.
A lot of scraps of paper and fabric can be used to make a peice of artwork to decorate your room.
There are a lot of things that you can reuse and don’t even know. Before you recycle an item ask yourself if you can use it again for something else.
Here is a site with cool ideas:
http://www.boredpanda.com/creative-reuse-upcycling-repurposing-ideas/

http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/100/1/Reuse-vs-recycle.html
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  • Cheryl P-US Cheryl P-US Nov. 16, 2012
    I agree with Christina. In America we use a lot of stuff that can be potentially recycled but in the end it does not occur. My family for example we reuse a lot of stuff before we either throw it way or recycle it. One thing is the chocolate boxes you get for a present. You eat the chocolate and when your done you either can reuse throw away or recycle. In my family we would have kept the box then used it as an desk divider/organize. My family has been trying to reuse and recycle everything.

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Molly W-USA, Nov. 12, 2012

Hi, I’m Molly W from the USA. My class last week did a survey to calculate the amount of CO2 emissions from me. The survey opened my eyes to the drastic amount of waste that I may release into the atmosphere. I thought that the amount of CO2 I release into the air was the same amount of an average person, but I was wrong. I was a little over the average amount pertaining to transportation, technology purchases, and food. The difference between reusing and re-purposing is that when you reuse things, you can use it more than once for the same purpose. But re-purposing is using something more than once for a different purpose.

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Britton F-USA, Nov. 12, 2012

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When I think of reusing and repurpose I think about the items around my house. In order to reduce the amount of waste being thrown out everyday and causing major expense my family likes to save and reuse things. For example, when we workout we use reusable bottles rather than the plastic ones. They save money and are helpful to the environment. Tupperware is something also very common in my household. It is used for storage of foods. This safes room and money especially when things are being bought and brought home from the store.

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Lindsey M-USA, Nov. 11, 2012

Hi, my name is Lindsey, and I’m from the U.S. Whenever my parents and I go to the grocery store we always get plastic bags. We never use reusable bags, but we do reuse the plastic bags, mainly to put dirty cat food boxes into. It is just so easy for us to throw so many recyclable things out. But, we do reuse as many things as possible. The plastic bags are stored and reused for carrying lunches or trash. Old shoe boxes are used for… wait for it… storing shoes!!! Isn’t that amazing, but they are also used for school projects too. We even hang on to fabric scraps so that we can make a nice patchwork blanket. There are so many ways to reuse things its crazy, but there are lots of great ideas out there, like these.

http://pinterest.com/planetpals/recycle-ideas/
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  • Laura G-USA Laura G-USA Nov. 15, 2012
    Lindsey, I agree! I think it is definitely an important thing to reuse things like bags from the grocery store and shoe boxes! There are so many different things you can do with them. When I get paper bags from the store, I always reuse them to wrap my books or carry my belongings in. There are so many ways to reuse what we have been given, so I wonder: why doesn't everyone try to reuse?

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Ginny Hwang, Nov. 11, 2012

Hi, I’m Ginny, a 6th grader living in Taipei, Taiwan. Is throwing everything you don’t want away the best way to do things? Sure, it’s a lot more convenient and easier than having to think about how you will repurpose them, but reusing and repurposing can affect the world in a lot of ways. All the things you throw away go to landfills. If people don’t start reusing things, the world is going to become a dump due to all the trash. There will also be higher fuel prices because factories will have to make aluminum, plastic, paper etc., from scratch. The more new things that are created, the more energy we use will also decrease the amount of fuel. These are all some ways not reusing things can affect our lives in a negative way. On the other hand, reusing items also mean that we are adding value to them. When we reuse, the thing becomes more valuable and usable. We also save money when repurposing things because we don’t have to buy new things again. We have a responsibility to protect this earth for human habitation, so let us all reuse and repurpose whenever possible to achieve this goal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk9J859xZwY
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  • Eleanor D-USA Eleanor D-USA Nov. 11, 2012
    I think it's a great idea to reuse and repurpose materials, especially building materials that could be used again in future building projects!

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Kylie J-USA, Nov. 9, 2012

Hello everyone! I’m Kylie from the U.S. The day before yesterday, my class and I did a survey to calculate an approximation for our CO2 footprint. This taught me a lot about what I can do to reduce to amount of CO2 I emit. The difference between reuse and repurpose is that reusing something may be using it for the same action it was intended for, where, repurposing an item can be using it for another action all together. Reuse and repurpose is a great motto to live you life to. This will decrease the amount of pollution in our world today, giving our planet a longer life expectancy. I believe we all as humans should do our best to reuse our items and repurpose them, for the better of our world.

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  • Eleanor D-USA Eleanor D-USA Nov. 11, 2012
    I really liked how you distinguished between reusing and repurposing. I don't think many people actually realize the difference. I think both are really important to the enviornment; however, I think repuposing is more important, especially when things become unable to be used for their original purpose.
  • Kylie J-USA Kylie J-USA Nov. 13, 2012
    I completely agree Eleanor! Glad we found a commonality within this topic!

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Lauren Yeh, Nov. 7, 2012

Reuse and repurpose. You can reuse many things or use it to make something out. When something broke don’t just throw it into the recycling bin, find out what the problem is, if the problem is light. You can use daily supplies to fix it. You can get empty jars to store spices and plant some plants. You can turn old credit cards into guitar picks. Old paper rolls can organize chords. You can also use old cardboard boxes to make houses, put stuffs, or make a board game. You can use cereal boxes to hold magazines. When your cloths are too small for you, you can cut it up and use it for a rag, or you can leave it and when there is a new born you can give it. Leftovers can become a new meal, as using leftover rice, meats, and vegetables. This is some reusable ways.

-by: Lauren

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