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Rebecca P, Feb. 24, 2014

I think that dropping reusable items in recycling bins is actually a good thing. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. As long as you put all the items in the recycling bins that you can, you will leave less of a footprint.

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  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 24, 2014
    I'd first like to say don't get me wrong—recycling is incredibly important and I very much so support and encourage it.
    There's nothing “wrong” with it, per se, but there are very real cons to recycling, mostly economic. The cost of processing recycled materials is oftentimes more expensive than it would be to just send them to a landfill. In the longterm, this probably isn't an issue, but it still shouldn't be overlooked. There's nothing without a downside.
  • Bryan Langston - USA Bryan Langston - USA Feb. 25, 2014
    My family recycles everything that we can, glass, cardboard, plastic, and chipboard. And I do agree that it will cost more to do it but the people who have to sift through it make money, which goes back into the economy. yes it may cost but it also pays and people making money will spend money.
  • Rebecca P Rebecca P Feb. 26, 2014
    Even if it costs more you should still continue to recycle. If you just throw everything in the land fill then some items will not break down and then they are just left to sit there and take up more and more space. For people who might live near a landfill, that will be even more of an unpleasant sight.

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Arnkell Ragnarsson, Feb. 14, 2014

It´s fairly easy to repurpose things, especially cartons of milk, or something of the sorts, with a carton of milk (without the milk) you can actually create your own wallet, which you can add layers upon layers of more space to use if you have many cards to put in it.

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  • jared momberger jared momberger Feb. 25, 2014
    My name is Jared and i love that idea!!!!! It is probably frowned upon by many people just because they think it is a dumb idea or a waste of time to make. I personally actually have made wallets out of duck tape. It may seem a bit redneck, but i don't care at all. Going back to the milk carton idea, i go to a school where at least 1000 cartons if not more are used a day. (the smaller ones) but they just get thrown away. Im not saying that every student needs to be taking home the empty milk cartons to make wallets, but i am agreeing with the idea that it is great to reuse something like a simple milk carton to make a commonly used and needed item like a wallet. Keep on coming up with great ideas to repurpose things. How about instead of throwing away those Plastic Bubble mailer envelopes, use it for a laptop protector. I am doing it right now because the school gave me a macbook to use.

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Eydís Bergmann Gunnarsdóttir, Feb. 14, 2014

To reuse is a very good thing because garbage is a big problem today. Garbage stations take a lot of land space so to decrease garbage you can reuse a many things. For an example to reuse clothing is very easy. If you don’t like some of clothes you can give them away to your friends and family or you can give them to the Red Cross. Poor kids in Africa could really use them. You can also make new clothes of your old ones.

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Melody Jan, Feb. 10, 2014

I think to have a better reuse system, the stores should gives a choice of choosing using your own container or theirs. Even it sounds very troublesome, it could actually reduce a lot of uses of the water bottles for juice or milk.

Even dropping in to the recycle bins, it is not green enough since it still require energy to reproduce new recycled bottles.

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Gaja I-Slovenia, Feb. 7, 2014

Hi everyone I have a great idea how to reuse old clothes. Every year we buy new and new clothes and old clothes which are perfectly ok but not in fashion anymore stay in our wardrobe or are thrown away. When I was in primary school we made bags out of old jeans, T-shirts… We also made dolls. They were really nice. We sold them at the schools open day and we gave money to a charity for poor children.

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  • Denis M Denis M Feb. 12, 2014
    Interesting idea Gaja. I also think old clothes can be reused in many different ways.
  • Eydís Eva Eydís Eva Feb. 12, 2014
    That's a great idea and i love it because helping the ones in need is always a good plan.You must be an incredibly sweet person and i like you already.Another idea that i have,is setting up a market for the homeless,where you can give out clothes to the ones in need.If anyone else has any ideas,do comment below.Greetings from Iceland
  • Katarina L Katarina L Feb. 14, 2014
    Hi Gaja, i think there are many ways to reuse clothes, for example second hand shops where you can find many various clothes that are also cheaper.
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Ngozi N- USA, Oct. 24, 2013

Hi, my name is Ngozi and as much as I hate to say it, I too find myself dropping that plastic cup in the recycling bin way too often. I can’t even recall the last time that this was done with a second thought or even a spark of creativity of what could possibly come out of it. I hope I’m not the only one. And the worst thing is that I actually thought I was doing the world a huge favor when I would round up everybody’s trash and make my way to the recycling bin instead of the trash can. What I did not realize was that I could be doing so much more by finding another purpose for it instead. This is the idea of re-purposing. I didn’t realize that even though I actually am doing something to help the environment, the impact is not the same as finding another use for it, and prolonging the life of that object.

After making this connection, I did what any sensible person would do. I Googled it. I went to Google with the purpose in mind of finding ideas that are not only fast and easy, but also things that I would actually do. There are too many times when I see really cool ideas for really cool things that I just know I’d never do. So on my journey through the world of Google, I searched for re-purposing ideas for something that not only I, but most of my friends, regularly use: plastic cups.

From the link below, there are 12 really creative and quite unusual ways to re-purpose a plastic cup. Some obviously require more dedication and time, like the Plastic Cup Chandelier, while others are fairly easy and don’t need ANY type of construction or remodeling, such as The Individual Cupcake Holder. It’s literally a cupcake in a clear plastic cup! You can wrap it up and give it as a gift. Why haven’t I thought about this before? (That would have came in handy for quite a few forgotten birthdays) It’s so simple, yet so creative and inexpensive. That has to definitely be my favorite out of the 12 ideas, right next to The Mini Lampshades.

All of these ideas are actually capable of being done, and aren’t just really cool ideas for really cool things that I see on the computer and that will stay on the computer. Anybody can do it. Re-purpose something you use in just two (or three) easy steps. So first step, go out and find something that you use once and then throw away regularly. Second step, find another purpose for it. And if the creative juices just aren’t flowing and you can’t come up with ideas, for your alternative third step, do what I did and Google it! It’s really that easy.

Ngozi N- USA
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  • Caitlin Bond Caitlin Bond Feb. 24, 2014
    While I do understand your point and what you are getting at, I have to respectively disagree with you. While it would be beneficial to reuse the items you toss into the recycling bin, it is exactly the same thing. Reusing the items you recycle is what recycling plants do; they take all of the items that have been recycled and create new things out of them, creating multi-usable items.
  • Emily R-US Emily R-US Feb. 25, 2014
    I will have to disagree with you Caitlin and support Ngozi's point. Yes, recycling is good, but it also requires a lot of energy, time, and money. Of course recycling is better than trash going to a landfill, but it is not a completely “green” process. If we all could find ways to reuse items on our own, we are saving the energy that it takes to recycle. For instance, reusing a water bottle multiple times is most definitely more cost effective and energy efficient than sending it directly to a recycling plant. It is unrealistic to expect people to repurpose all of their waste, so there definitely is a place for recycling in society, but repurposing trash on an individual level is definitely a good idea!

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Michael H-USA, Oct. 18, 2013

Hi, my name is Michael and I am a high school student in Oakland, California.

Lots of people have been posting their inventive ways to recycle used items, all clever and thanks to those for sharing. I might try some of those. However, let’s face it: the number of different things you can do with items instead of throwing them away or recycling them is infinite. As kids, this imaginative limit was so high that if any item was not a toy, we would make it become a toy or accessory. For me, this was turning wrapping paper tubes into lightsabers, socks into baseballs, bed sheets into capes, etc.

Then the dark ages finally came when our parents tell us that shockingly, we cannot keep every single object we come to possess out of this imagination; we must return it to its original use or get rid of it completely. And so, the great dilemma of throwing away or recycling begins. As this is so much easier than being creative, some of us lose our creativity and doom objects to the dumpsters as the easy way out. With more and more people, this loss of childhood imagination is adding up to lots of pollution, so its time to reuse and recycle some of the toys that adults play with the most: cars.

This article was published eight years ago, but looked ahead at its time to 2015. The significance of this year marks the arrival of a new mandate for European and Japanese car makers to manufacture their cars so that 95% of them can be recycled or reused, and not doomed to the piles of car heaven. The article states that every year in America alone, 10 million cars get scrapped, but if 100% of those cars are 95% recyclable, that number would basically reduce to 500,000 cars instead, a very significant leap. While this may not include imagination, it sure is effective, and in the grand scheme of things, that is what truly counts. If only American auto makers would commit to do the same.

Michael H-USA
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  • Connor Siri Connor Siri Oct. 22, 2013
    i completely agree with your statement especially about the cars. it would help the environment and it would be cheaper for car builders. the main reason for it being better for the environment is because if you recycle you don't have to dig a mine and use lots of gas gosling machinery. all you would have to do is go to a car junk yard and take. it requires a lot less effort and will be a lot cheaper. this method is universal.
    you could do this with almost any product including phones, T.V.'s, and computers. it amazes me that most companies have not done this or even thought about it. i strongly believe recycling is going to be the future of industry.

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Sidonie O - USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Hello everyone! I personally love to reuse and repurpose things that I might not otherwise use. It is always a lot of fun for me to make something new out of something old! There are many cute crafts that people can do to make useful or fun things out of their junk. One thing that I found recently was a basket made out of old newspapers. (Here is a link to a how-to video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsBEv-sdEm0) I have also found that some people make quirky home decorations out of tin cans (here’s another how-to guide! http://spoonful.com/crafts/can-do-robots)
On a more serious note, I have found that there are many ways to extend the life on electronic items such as phones and computers. One tip that I have found works extremely well to prolong the battery life of electronics is that when an electronic is brand-new, let the battery run out 100%— just let it die. Then charge it up all the way and try not to let the battery run out all the way again! Usually this prolongs the lives of batteries, at least in my experience, as well as the experience of many of my peers that have tried this. I think it’s important to prolong the lives of our technology as much as we can because at this point, people usually do not take the time to properly recycle it when it does die.

Sidonie O - USA
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  • Leila O-USA Leila O-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    That's pretty cool. I wish I was that creative. I always feel so wasteful because I constantly throw things away that can be reused. I'm not very or artistic but those sound like great ideas! My goal is to try and become more efficient and reuse more things.

    The battery thing is really interesting. I wonder why that is. It's a great way to conserve energy and use less carbon. It's fascinating how these little things make such a huge impact on our environment.
  • Isabella d-US Isabella d-US Oct. 18, 2013
    That's really great, prolonging battery life is a great way to keep carbon down as well as being generally helpful. I wish I'd known this sooner. Keeping your electronics nice and usable longer helps decrease the amount of carbon needed to produce those electronics. Supply and demand, if we need less new electronics then we'll have less of the carbon emissions that come with that. You're also very right many people don't properly dispose of electronics the way that they should.
    I also love recycled crafts, they always look even cooler than new products and are more eco friendly too. My friend and I all love to make things using recycled material. I'm planning on making a dress out of old candy wrappers just a soon as I can find the room. Recycled crafts are great, they're good for the environment, help keep down costs, and are much more creative than store bought goods.
  • Evan Lachman Evan Lachman Oct. 20, 2013
    I think that what you do is awesome! I think that it is very important to use an object as much as possible before disposing of it because it will just become another problem for our ecosystem. I myself do the same thing. Nowadays, many people are so impatient and need to upgrade the newest devise ASAP. I think that it is wasteful, selfish, and just stupid. I come from a family where we take the best care of things we can. All of us keep our cellphone for minimum two years. My father has had two phones in the last six years and they still run.

    I think the best way to keep items for as long as possible it to protect them. The amount of shattered iphones I have seen is mind boggling. That is a big reason the amount of time people keep technology for such a short time. I think everyone who owns and iphone should own a case. The crazy thing is that in todays world, we can get a very protective phone case for as little as $5. Also, once the time does come around that a new phone is needed, there are many places to properly recycle electronics.

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Nicci J, Oct. 17, 2013

After taking the Carbon Footprint challenge I learned that I use up way more carbon than the average person. When I realized this I looked back to see what I did that caused me to use up so much carbon. It showed me that the amount of showers I take and how long they are filled up a big chunk of my bar of carbon (oops!). I didn’t realize that just taking showers could really effect how much carbon I use. Recently, I’ve started taking quicker showers to fix that. Also, I’ve convinced my family and friends to recycle water bottles, paper, etc. more often. The Carbon Footprint Challenge was and interesting and fun experience for me, I learned a lot about what effects how much Carbon I use.

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  • Rob S-USA Rob S-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I learned a lot from the carbon footprint challenge too! I had a similar experience with the shower problem. This is because I shower after every time I play basketball. Which is constantly! This also raised my food category because it made me really hungry. It was really hard to lower that. I had to start planting stuff in my backyard. Now you can call me a farmer.
  • Martin L-US Martin L-US Oct. 17, 2013
    Me too, I was shocked by the result, I never thought I would use that much carbon only by taking few flights , wow, I need to be careful about it now!

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Natalie I-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Yes, it is a very good idea to think twice before throwing things away. If you have old clothes that you were just going to throw out, think again! Give it the charity, it does not only help them, but it gives YOU a good feeling too. Also, you could compose leftover food, that is a great way to help the environment. That gives you fertilizer which reduces the amount of plastic being produced for the bags of fertilizer you would buy at a store. You may not think you’re making a big impact, but oh trust me, every little thing counts! You could even make things out of the things you may be throwing away! There are many tutorials on pinterest, or youtube fun, easy, and useful things you can make out of objects you were going to throw away! So next time, think before you throw.

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  • Ngozi N- USA Ngozi N- USA Oct. 25, 2013
    I never thought about how composing leftover food to make fertilizer is not only good for the obvious, but also because of the packaging. Packaging seems to be a common factor we often forget or don't put into account.

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