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Skyler K- United States, Oct. 10, 2013

Looking at my carbon footprint I noticed how much of it was coming from my home. Thinking of all the energy I waste and all the trash I throw away at home, it didn’t surprise me that much. I found this website that gives awesome tips on how to reuse everyday things around the house.

They have lots of different ideas and a lot of it is probably stuff you have never heard of. For instance, one of the suggestions was to turn old light bulbs into candles by turning them upside down. I had never thought of doing this before! Another idea is to turn old picture frames into serving trays! In all there are 50 super creative ways to help do your part to save the planet!
I will definitely be trying out some of these cool ideas in my house!

http://twistedsifter.com/2012/06/creative-ways-to-repurpose-reuse-and-upcycle-old-things/
Skyler K- United States
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  • Sophia L-USA Sophia L-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    This is so smart! While throwing away old things is so easy to do, its drastically increasing our carbon footprint. Stuff that could probably go to good use for someone, not just me, is just lying around in my home. Using this stuff could real help, by reducing the amout of things you just carelessly through away and, using these old items to create things that you could use to replace items you buy at the store. I say this because i feel like sometimes we would make things and just have them lie around the house, but for instance, using plastic bags as trash bags would save us a trip to the store, money, and reduce our carbon footprint all at the same time!
    Coming up with these ideas is the hard part, but having a website to look and see ideas that people are creating is very useful. People can share their different ideas, and since different people have different things in their houses, everyone is sure to find something. My carbon footprint shot up when i said the amount of trash i threw out every month, and i think a lot of people, at least in my area, don't think about that until its too late and out the door. By having these ideas handy, we can make a fun afternoon with friends by reusing some items and making cool and useful stuff!
  • Vanessa A-USA Vanessa A-USA Oct. 11, 2013
    This post is the best thing I have seen all day! It makes me smile to see people being so creative and really using every day items and re purposing them! It brings forth usages for items that I would have never thought. It's s clever! I think it's great. I am so glad to have seen this post!

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Veronica I-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

So I, being one of the girliest girls to ever step foot on the planet, naturally have a tendency to go shopping…A LOT. But it turns out alright in the end because I recycle the bags I get when shopping or reuse them for other things. Here are some really easy ways to reuse these shopping bags (plastic):
1. Just recycle them
2. Use them as storage/organization solutions in my drawers
3. Use them told hold my other plastic bags
4. Use them to organize my things when sleeping over at friends’ houses or traveling. E.g. use them to separate shoes from clothes
5. Use the larger ones as garment protectors
Hopefully this is helpful to all my fellow “shopaholics” out there. :)

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Hannah W-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

When my parents and I go grocery shopping we tend to get plastic bags. I’ve always felt a little bad when we do, but we keep most of them and reuse them. But I read an article that said paper bags are just as bad as plastic! Although people tend to recycle paper more then plastic, most paper grocery bags are made out of brand new paper! It makes me feel a little bit better about using plastic grocery knowing that.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2007/10/03/GR2007100301385.html
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  • Paige M - USA Paige M - USA Oct. 10, 2013
    I had always felt bad too for using the plastics, up until recently, when my mom purchased 5 cloth bags. Now we use the same cloth bags to shop for groceries everywhere! Now that I know the paper is worse than the plastic, I feel relieved when we accidently forget the cloth ones at home! Thanks!
  • Nora B-USA Nora B-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    I think it's okay to use paper bags because there's many ways you can reuse them too. And when you're done with them you can recycle them but most plastic bags end up in landfills.
  • Vanessa A-USA Vanessa A-USA Oct. 11, 2013
    I agree with Nora. I know that when my family uses paper bags from the grocery store, we use them to hold recyclables and end up recycling the entire bag. we even store old newspaper in the paper bags from grocery stores!

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Hannah W-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi guys! I’m Hannah an I live in Texas! My class did a project to test our carbon footprint and try to reduce it. To my surprise my carbon footprint was much lower than the average. I think it had to do with the fact that my family hasn’t done much travel within the past year. But I do think I could lower it even more. I find that I have the tendency to take extremely long showers and leave my electronics plugged in even after they are fully charged. I’m going to start bringing a timer in the shower and limit them to a certain length. I also think that I can pay closer to the things I have plugged in and unplug them when they are fully charged.

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  • Nora B-USA Nora B-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    These are great things to do to reduce your carbon footprint! You could also take cooler showers and completely turn off your computer, cell phone, etc. instead of letting them “stand by.” I hope these suggestions help!

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Klaire H-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hey everyone! I’ve been reading everyone’s ideas on how to recycle and reuse different household items we use everyday, and y’all have some great ideas! I recycle soda cans, papers, and cardboard at home all the time. I also reuse plastic bags from the grocery store as smaller trash bags. I was surprised to read the previous post that plastic bags are better than paper ones! Everyone has always thought paper was the better choice over plastic, but now we know! I used to feel guilty about always getting plastic grocery bags instead of paper at the grocery store, but now I don’t feel so bad knowing now that plastic is actually better than paper. Thank you for sharing that!

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Taylor G-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Howdy everyone! Well I was reading some of the posts and I think most people think paper bags are better than plastic bags. I decided to research which one is really better for the environment. I found out, “If all the shoppers using plastic bags last year had used paper bags instead, they would have increased the amount of solid waste by over 100 million tons and taken up 7 times more space in landfills.” That really surprised me. I also found out that paper bags cost more, the shipping cost more, uses more diesel to transmit, and uses more air emission. So, next time you go to a grocery store you should probably pick plastic over paper.
The website I found my information on:
http://www.interplas.com/packaging-earth-friendly-recyclable-plastic-bags

Taylor G-USA
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  • Nicole L-USA Nicole L-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    Wow, I had thought that paper bags were better, but evidently not! I'll have to remember this for the future.
  • Nicole L-USA Nicole L-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    Wow, I had thought that paper bags were better, but evidently not! I'll have to remember this for the future.

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Jean H-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi, I’m Jean. I would say yes to recycle, but there are some things I wouldn’t reuse things. At home, we would reuse paper, like the backs of them. I sometimes reuse pens, like just buy the inks, some pens have them sold, Sheaffer does, I think Pilot and Zebra does. But I wouldn’t reuse plastic bottles. It has a bit of Bisphenol A, which affects our body’s natural hormonal messaging system and has links to uterine and breast cancer and heightens the chance of miscarriages.

http://environment.about.com/od/healthenvironment/a/plastic_bottles.htm
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Anna M-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi y’all and I’m from Texas. In my state, we have horrendous recycling statistics, only 1 in 3 people recycle. I don’t think it matters what we do with our plastic or paper when we are done with it. The real problem is we produce so many products that cannot be used again and again, using resources and polluting our world! Bottles with colored glass cannot be recycled, they almost always go into landfills. If Texas alone standardized the size and color of glass bottles, we could save 3 million tons of trash a year! We’re not there yet; every company is trying to be unique. Untill then though, check out this site: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/20-more-ways-to-reuse-old-pla provides some great tools to help us reduce our footprints in the long run.

Anna M-USA
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  • Klaire H-USA Klaire H-USA Oct. 10, 2013
    Hey Anna! I'm from Texas too and I was shocked to read the statistics in your post about recycling in Texas! I did not know that that many people don't recycle. I was also surprised at how some bottles cannot be recycled because of the color of the glass. Hopefully soon we will standardize the size and color, like you said, in order to reduce our carbon emission as a state.

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Anna M-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi y’all and I’m from Texas. In my state, we have horrendous recycling statistics, only 1 in 3 people recycle. I don’t think it matters what we do with our plastic or paper when we are done with it. The real problem is we produce so many products that cannot be used again and again, using resources and polluting our world! Bottles with colored glass cannot be recycled, they almost always go into landfills. If Texas alone standardized the size and color of glass bottles, we could save 3 million tons of trash a year! We’re not there yet; every company is trying to be unique. Untill then though, check out this site: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/20-more-ways-to-reuse-old-pla provides some great tools to help us reduce our footprints in the long run.

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Anna M-USA, Oct. 10, 2013

Hi y’all and I’m from Texas. In my state, we have horrendous recycling statistics, only 1 in 3 people recycle. I don’t think it matters what we do with our plastic or paper when we are done with it. The real problem is we produce so many products that cannot be used again and again, using resources and polluting our world! Bottles with colored glass cannot be recycled, they almost always go into landfills. If Texas alone standardized the size and color of glass bottles, we could save 3 million tons of trash a year! We’re not there yet; every company is trying to be unique. Untill then though, check out this site: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/20-more-ways-to-reuse-old-pla provides some great tools to help us reduce our footprints in the long run.

Anna M-USA
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