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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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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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Xinting C-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Hey guys, I’m Xinting, I was totally surprised by the result of my carbon footprint. I wasnt even noticed how much CO2 I’ve been produced along my style of life.I really need to make a change about it.
I just moved to California a year ago from China, i realized the big difference that compare China to America is how people do to protect the environment. Here in America recycling bins are everywhere, its not common to see them in China, people dont really care about the environment.
I will definilty sort trash in to recyclable and unrecyclable categories , its not only a nice thing to do, but a nice way to live.
Its not that difficult to spend 2 seconds to sort trash and recycle the things that are recyclable. This small thing might save our earth!

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  • Paige M - USA Paige M - USA Oct. 17, 2013
    It is also a great idea to repurpose items that you would usually not recycle. You could sew together used and cleaned out Caprisuns, old chip bags, and even candy or gum wrappers to make really cool bags! There are plenty of tutorials online such as the one below to help anyone learn how to make them! You should also use old zippers from old items you don't use! By making bags as fun crafts, we are slowly saving the earth. I hopes this inspires you to also repurpose things!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jTM7mtyI4s
  • Carlos Sosa Carlos Sosa Oct. 20, 2013
    If you have a yard to grow plants another thing you can do is grow food in it. Yeah you cant grow all of your food but it saves you some money and some packaging that might come along with the food. I think recycling is a key to reducing carbon emissions too. But it doesn't have to be just throwing stuff in the recycling bin. You can reuse items too, like shopping bags. Just save them and use them the next time or get cloth ones that will stay good a long time! Everyone in the world that has a high carbon footprint needs to lower it. We will only be able to save earth if everyone chips in.

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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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