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Cat G, Oct. 17, 2013

Waste is a huge problem around the world, and even though recycling is an option, not everything is recyclable. What we really need to do is think twice before throwing something away. Ask yourself several questions such as:
Can I use this again?
Could someone in a worse situation than me use this?
Is there a better way to dispose of this than throwing it in a landfill?
Can I re-purpose this?
These are necessary questions because they would save a lot of waste. For example, with excess food, some of it can be composted. Old clothes can be donated to charity. Containers can be recycled.

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  • Ellis V-USA Ellis V-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I agree, I think the biggest problem that the world has right now is waste. Especially bottles. Bottles are the biggest problem because they float in the oceans killing the sea life, and they are almost non biodegradable. There are plenty of things that someone can do with a water bottle, such as refilling it and using it again, or re purposing it for a craft or something that you can use around the house.
    I saw a post where someone had cut a water bottle in half, hung them from the window and used them as a planter to grow some tomatoes. If we were all to reuse and re purpose it we would drastically decrease the amount of waste and our impact on the environment.
  • Danielle K-USA Danielle K-USA Oct. 18, 2013
    This is so true! i rarely think those questions. Im the kind of person who just throws stuff away! One thing i do, do is say im cutting an over sized shirt or making jeans into shorts i always save those pieces, they become very handy for other projects.
  • Cheng-Shi Yi Cheng-Shi Yi Oct. 21, 2013
    I think that we should start cutting down the use plastics, and recycle them properly, because the plastics float away out to sea and end up in seabird stomachs we end up killing them damaging the ecosystem.

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jamie B USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Hello, my name is Jamie, I am glad that i took the carbon footprint challenge. I learned a lot about how much carbon I produce and how much my classmates produce. After I learned how much I produced I was really inspired to make a change. I did some research and found a bunch of different ways I can make a difference. I visited a website called Earth911.com. There are all sorts of ideas on this website. They show you a bunch of DIYs that can inspire you to reuse old things in your house, which you would otherwise throw away. Such as, how to make your own cleaning product; in the video you learn that vinegar is a great and ecofriendly cleaning product and how other cleaning products are harmful to you and the environment. You also can learn how to reuse different things such as old t shirts and how you can make them into a scarf or other fun things. Its perfect because as you are being “Green”/ ecofriendly you can also be saving a lot of “Green”/ money. By reusing things you can be creative also. There are also the simply things turn off the water when your brushing your teeth or turn off the lights when your not in the room. There are so much fun, and interesting ways to be green!

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  • Josh Winer Josh Winer Oct. 19, 2013
    I like this idea of reusing and making your own items out of stuff that you already have. If everybody realized how this is effecting the climate and our health that they would feel differently, too. If everybody used this idea then this issue would be less of a problem. I am going to use this idea and share it with other people, too.

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jamie B USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Hello, my name is Jamie, I am glad that i took the carbon footprint challenge. I learned a lot about how much carbon I produce and how much my classmates produce. After I learned how much I produced I was really inspired to make a change. I did some research and found a bunch of different ways I can make a difference. I visited a website called Earth911.com. There are all sorts of ideas on this website. They show you a bunch of DIYs that can inspire you to reuse old things in your house, which you would otherwise throw away. Such as, how to make your own cleaning product; in the video you learn that vinegar is a great and ecofriendly cleaning product and how other cleaning products are harmful to you and the environment. You also can learn how to reuse different things such as old t shirts and how you can make them into a scarf or other fun things. Its perfect because as you are being “Green”/ ecofriendly you can also be saving a lot of “Green”/ money. By reusing things you can be creative also. There are also the simply things turn off the water when your brushing your teeth or turn off the lights when your not in the room. There are so much fun, and interesting ways to be green!

jamie B USA
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  • Andrew T-UnitedStates Andrew T-UnitedStates Oct. 17, 2013
    I took a look at the sight and i really enjoyed it. The sight was so great that I actually lost track of time while I was on it! I read a ton of articles with ideas on how to reduce and reuse things that you already have. I especially liked the article on how to reuse old t-shirts in really cool and creative ways. I loved the idea to make your old t-shirts into yarn and to sew a completely new piece of clothing out of the yarn. I thought the idea was super creative and I thought it was really cool that you could get a new scarf from your old t-shirt!

    The sight made me think of a ton of ways that I could use less carbon and reduce, reuse, and recycle more. For instance, you can bring a reusable lunch bag and food containers instead of using plastic that destroys the environment. Also I learned that wearing hand-me-downs is a great idea to save money, use less carbon, and to look thrifty. Just today we had a dress day at school and I wore one of my dads old vests that didn't fit him anymore. The vest looked great and everyone loved it. And now that I know how great wearing old clothes is I am gonna do it much more often.

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Ariel T-United States, Oct. 16, 2013

Hey guys, I was looking around on Pinterest and I found several pictures showing ways to reuse light bulbs. I was astonished at how many different ways there were to reuse a light bulb. You could use it to make a vase to a Christmas ornament. You could even use it as a place holder for people. There are lots of ways to reuse light bulbs.

I then decided to look up an article on recycling and found one from Los Angeles times. This article was based on how people aren’t recycling their florescent light bulbs, so then they end up in the landfill. Then when each light bulb has about 5 milligrams of mercury in them, we end up dumping over 4 tons of mercury in the land fills. When we dump them into the land fills they run off into rivers and stream and is released into the atmosphere. Some states including California,Massachusetts, Maine ,Vermont, and Minnesota require all businesses and households recycle their light bulbs, but many people don’t follow that law because the recycling drop offs aren’t convenient. So, I believe that the U.S. should make more convenient stations for drop off. The article states that LEDs are going to be taking the center stage for light bulbs because they don’t produce mercury and they last for a long time. The only draw back for many people is the cost because they are running at about $30 a bulb.
http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/07/business/la-fi-lightbulb-mercury-20110407

http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=reuse%20lightbulbs
Ariel T-United States
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  • Ngozi N- USA Ngozi N- USA Oct. 25, 2013
    Wow! When you say it like that, it's broken down into a way that I can actually understand. The increase from just 5 milligrams of mercury to 4 tons is mind blowing! The article also really helps to understand it on a larger scale. Thanks!

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Katharine J-USA, Oct. 15, 2013

Hi everyone, it is very tempting to just throw away or recycle things after we use them the first time. However, there are a lot of ways to reuse things on websites or DIY books. We can make new things out of old and used objects and possibly use them more than even 3 or 4 times.

http://www.etsy.com/
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  • Brenna KUSA Brenna KUSA Oct. 16, 2013
    I totally agree with you and love that app/website! Another website I'm always on is pinterest. They have tons of ideas to reuse stuff. Last week I made an old t-shirt into a bag. Reusing stuff is great for the environment and is sometimes easier than recycling and composting. I have a drawer in my room with stuff I want to reuse later.
    Some of the coolest ideas I have found and done are things like using a pringles can to hold pasta, using a bottle top to keep chocolate chips shut and using a tissue box as a catapult. The reuse of the objects can be fun or silly as long as it helps the environment.
    Links to cool ideas:
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542191242608862503/
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542191242608832061/
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/542191242610185142/

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Amy M-USA, Oct. 14, 2013

Hey everyone! I just found an article online about the environmental benefits of reusing used clothing, rather than recycling or throwing them away.

According to the article, about 100 million pounds of clothing are thrown away every year. All of those 100 million pounds of clothing thrown away take up space in landfills that can be spared if the clothes were reused. Another benefit reusing clothing has on the environment is the reduced use of insecticide. If 100 million pounds less of new clothes need to be created, about 2 million pounds less of insecticide will be used to protect the cotton that would have made the clothing. Otherwise, the insecticide used to grow the cotton needed for making clothing could wash into the waterways, which can poison thousands of plants and animals. Lastly, when clothes decompose in landfills, they release greenhouse gases. Along with the greenhouse gases emitted as clothes decompose, the manufacturing of textiles and cloth both release CO2 into the atmosphere as well. By reusing clothing, “approximately 3.6 pounds of CO2 are saved for every 1 pound of clothing.”

You can reuse clothing in numerous ways, from cutting them and sewing them to make a blanket, using them as house decorations, giving them to a younger sibling or friend, or even donating them. The possibilities are endless! Click the link below to find out more about why you should reuse your old clothing and encourage others to as well.

http://www.planetaid.org/our-work/recycling/environmental-impact
Amy M-USA
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  • Kathryn A-USA Kathryn A-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    This is shocking! I can't believe how much is just put to waste without a second thought. I completely agree that we should try to reuse our clothing whether that's by shopping in thrift stores, donating old clothing, or recycling it for other uses at home. i believe the simple effort in reusing something so simple can really make a difference.
  • Sidonie O - USA Sidonie O - USA Oct. 17, 2013
    It really is appalling to me how little people reuse clothing. Not only would it be better for the environment, but from a social justice standpoint, it would be so much better for other people as well! Why not donate your clothes that you don't want anymore rather than throw them away?! Someone else could absolutely benefit from them. People could even sell them at a consignment store and make a small profit from them. It is ridiculous to waste the fabric and the labor that went into making the clothing, clutter the earth, and pass up the opportunity to help someone else. We need to keep raising awareness about these issues so that both humans AND the earth can benefit!

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Travis N-USA, Oct. 13, 2013

how it going?
im that type of guy who’s always looking to make or build something out of old parts or electronics weather it is a model, or a functioning piece. I am an employee at a hobby shop in my city, so i am involved with a ton of electronics and “RC” things. We are always charging batteries and have about 5 computers running all day to help us find parts and such things for fellow hobbyist. I personally own a lot of radio controlled things like planes, cars, boats and helicopters, And all of these use batteries or electricity. if i was able to make something sort of like an alternator for a car but for use in electric things. I wouldn’t ever have to recharge anything, this could also work for phones and computers….. Just gotta think of a way to do it :/

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Vanessa A-USA, Oct. 11, 2013

Hi everyone,

I recently was on Pintrest, a shopping and organizing site, and found a great site that gives ideas and easy ways to repurpose items that have accumulated in the house over the years. One of the example is an old lunch box. Instead of throwing it away the idea given is to reuse the lunchbox to store accessories and keep small personal items in one place! Other ideas given are simple and clever ways to reuse old gardening tools and even old mattress spring boards!

http://www.bobvila.com/creative-storage-solutions/5752-get-organized-20-clever-ideas-for-repurposed-storage/slideshows#!5
Vanessa A-USA
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  • Elena G-USA Elena G-USA Oct. 14, 2013
    I love Pinterest! Recently I have also noticed all of the environmentally friendly ways to reuse certain household items in cute “do it yourself” projects. I have actually used open toilet paper rolls to hold together wrapping paper! I really like how even on other social media networks, people are trying to use less and be resourceful with what they have. Such a great and fun way to help the planet! From your link I really want to try making furniture out of used items such as a suitcase.
  • Xinting C-USA Xinting C-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    These ideas are so great and useful. i've always been thinking how to reuse things instead of wasting them. Now I kind of get how to make different new things out of the used or old things.Im so willing to try them all.
    Also I think it will be a reachable goal for people to protect the earth if all the people gather their ideas on reusing things just like you suggested.
  • Nicci J Nicci J Oct. 17, 2013
    I took a look at this site and actually found all these ideas really helpful and also very interesting! I loved the idea of using a rake to hold your accessories, my room is cluttered with old jewelry and I've always kept in the back of my mind to buy a new jewelry box but I may try this rake idea! I also enjoyed the idea of using a suitcase as a little bedside table, it looks really cute and applies to the three r's. Thanks for sharing!
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LeeAnne W-Usa, Oct. 11, 2013

According to www.cleanair.org, “827,000 to 1.3 million tons of plastic PET water bottles were produced in the U.S. in 2006, requiring the energy equivalent of 50 million barrels of oil. 76.5 percent of these bottles ended up in landfills.” This should not be happening. There are so many uses for plastic water bottles, some of which include using it as an expansion chamber for an inhaler. This can be done by cutting a whole in the bottom of the bottle and placing the medicine part of the inhaler into the whole. Another way to reuse plastic water bottles is to cut the top off and use that as a funnel. Besides reusing the plastic water bottles, they are so easy to be recycled. I have a recycling truck that comes by every Friday and picks up our recycling. He picks up paper, plastic, and glass. If you do not have a recycling truck that comes and picks up recycling, then you can drop it off at your nearest recycling center, it may even be a school. When plastic water bottles are produced, carbon is emitted into the air. A common way to stop this is just by drinking from a reusable bottle. The school I attend highly encourages this, and i see people every day drinking from reusable bottles. You should never throw away a plastic water bottle. If you have to use one, and you can’t use a reusable bottle then you should always try to use it, reuse it, and then recycle it. Thus, getting the most out of the bottle.

http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html
LeeAnne W-Usa
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  • Nacima Aden Nacima Aden Oct. 12, 2013
    That is some interesting facts that you minded, forward. People do not think about how easy it really is to recycle. Something as easy as recycling has a big influence on the environment. We recycle bottles at home, or just reuse them again. It’s very useful!
  • Vendela G_Na11bswe Vendela G_Na11bswe Oct. 13, 2013
    I agree with you! You suggested that one can decrease the environmental impact by recycling the bottles or reuse them and this is true. Though, I would always recommend to reuse them as many times possible before recycling. Especially when you live in a country or area where you can get good, clean drinking water right from the water tap. I am from Sweden and have never been forced to buy bottled water beacuse of poor quality water from the tap. Usually, I carry the same bottle for weeks and just make sure to wash it regularly. Recycling is a great way to reuse materials, but even that consumes energy. Another important aspect is that the bottled water often comes from distant places, which not only requires transportation (one of the biggest reasons for global warming), but also ships the water out of its local cycle. Of course this also applies for soft drinks such as Coca Cola and Sprite. I recently watched a documentary named “A World Without Water”( http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-without-water ) and learned that since Coca Cola opened a factory in India, the amount of water in the area is decreasing for every year that passes. The documentary states that it takes three (!!) liters of water to make one liter of Coca Cola. And then the soft drink is shipped across the world so that we can buy it for small amount of money. The people that live in the area of the factory are left with empty wells and are facing the devastating consequences that comes with lack of water.

    This opened my eyes to an extremely unfair situation at the same time as it gave me an idea of an adjustment that I can do rather easily. Really, it is not that hard to quit soft drinks!
  • Xinting C-USA Xinting C-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I checked out the site you provided, the data indicates that tons of landfill waste is caused by plastic bottles.It kinda shocked me after I calculated my carbon footprint, I didnt know if im not recycle often, ill produce lots of carbon just in seconds.
    Its really necessary for me to either use recyclable bottle to drink water or use a reusable watter bottle.
    Thanks for the idea. I will try my best to reduce my carbon footprint by starting to recycle or reuse the water bottle.

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Taylor M-us, Oct. 10, 2013

I recently read: In 2004, 55 billion aluminum cans were landfilled, littered or incinerated, that’s 9 billion more than were wasted in 2000. This is enough cans to fill the Empire State Building twenty times. It is also a quantity equivalent to the annual production of three to four major primary aluminum smelters.
I was very unpleasantly shock by this stat we need to work together to bring this number down!!

http://www.greenwaste.com/recycling-stats
Taylor M-us
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