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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.