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Reuse & repurpose

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This is an open discussion forum associated with the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC).

It’s very tempting to throw things away or even drop them in a recycling bin when we are done with them. Is there a better way?

Share your ideas for extending the “lives” of the items that we buy and use, and their packaging as well!
 
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Pachenc T-US, March 1, 2014

To extend the “lives” of the things you use everyday you need to take care of them. Instead of throwing them away or in the recycling bin try taking care of them and use the responsibly that way they will last longer. Putting them in a safe place and only taking them out when you need them is one way to make them last longer. Cleaning whatever you are using instead of letting them collect dust is another way to keep them longer. Being responsible plays a bing part of making something last longer because if you are more responsible it is easier to take care of something.

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Shawn Anderson, Feb. 28, 2014

To be honest I do not know if there are better ways but i do know that there are a variety of other options rather than throwing things away or tossing things into a recycling bin. A water bottle for example can be used over and over again and that saves so much waste. America uses enough water bottle to wrap around the earth multiple times. Even though there are recycling plants all over stuff will eventually back up so reusing water bottles will greatly decrease the world’s carbon footprint.

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Bailey B-US, Feb. 28, 2014

Even throwing things in a recycling bin is not the best option. First of all why cant you reuse them on your own. Instead of throwing things like water bottles in the recycling bin why not just reuse the bottle to sore things like coins, or instead of using cups just refill your water bottle. Instead of throwing cloths away why not give them to a younger sibling or family member, or give them away to charity. You just have to be creative and think out of the box.

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Cheyenne S-US, Feb. 28, 2014

Throwing things in a garbage can or a recycling bin is not the most resourceful thing. You can recycle things yourself by just reusing them different reasons. Instead of throwing away your plastic or paper bags from the grocery store, you can use them for wastebaskets around your home. Another idea is to take tin cans, decorate them, and then use them to hold things like pencils on your desk. Jars can be used to hold little odds and ends around your house, like buttons. Instead of throwing your old newspapers in the recycling bin, save them. Newspapers come in handy when you need to move or just store something fragile. Old egg cartons can be donated to local elementary schools for crafts. Think creatively and your options are endless on how many ways you can be resourceful and recycle on your own!

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Amber M-US, Feb. 27, 2014

Some stuff that we consider trash could defiantly be reused. Recycling has become very big over the past few years and is still growing. It is becoming the next big thing and it seems like everyone is doing it! Majority of the grocery stores that I shop at have a box located at the entrances asking for you to bring you plastics bags back once you are done, and put it in the box so that they can be reused. Another place plastic grocery bags come in handy is at a local food bank. Our local Clover Area Assistance Center ask for us to bring them our grocery bags so that they can use them. There are numerous places for us to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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  • Drew S USA Drew S USA Feb. 28, 2014
    I agree completely, we need to start being more aggressive with recycling. The more and more that the trash builds up at landfill the worse off we get and trash doest just take up space, it emits toxic gases in to the air and pollutants in to the grounds. That is awesome that stores are getting recycling bin out there, but that doest do anything unless we get a fire behind people and push them to recycle. I think that we need to get classes to stress the importance of recycling and make people in to avid environmentalists.

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Mary M, Feb. 27, 2014

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2011 there was over 250.4 million tons of trash thrown away. The reality of this is that there are so many more uses for the items we consider to be trash. The recycling movement has ushered numerous ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle items we believe no longer have a use. For instance, trash bags that our groceries are carried out of the stores in act as a great trash bag for small trashcans, or a trash bag in the car. Not only does this reduce the amount of plastic thrown away, but it also reduces the amount of plastic needed to produce trash bags. Another great way to eliminate trash is to donate old items. The United States alone has over 1.5 million non-profit organizations. These places are always looking for people to donate old or lightly used items. This is a great way to give back to the community while you save the environment. All in all, recycling is the greatest and most all-encompassing aspect of environmental protection we all can do.

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Kenna Babson, Feb. 26, 2014

There are over 3,000 landfills in the United States and I don’t think people take this into account when throwing something away. It is easy to throw items away when we are done with them. Recycling items that have been used is a better choice than throwing the item away. An even better choice would be to reuse the item instead of recycling or throwing it away. This would skip the recycling step and save time and money. Reusing grocery bags, water bottles and styrofoam and plastic containers is the best option. If it is not an option to reuse it, then recycle it.

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  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 27, 2014
    With the amount of landfills we have, and the amount of trash we produce, I believe we are destroying our planet. The landfills only hold so much trash and it takes years for the trash to decompose, if it does at all. With recycling we can reduce this trash production rate and keep our planet cleaner for a longer period of time!
  • Kelsey Bufford Kelsey Bufford Feb. 27, 2014
    With the amount of landfills we have, and the amount of trash we produce, I believe we are destroying our planet. The landfills only hold so much trash and it takes years for the trash to decompose, if it does at all. With recycling we can reduce this trash production rate and keep our planet cleaner for a longer period of time!
  • Courtney R-US Courtney R-US Feb. 27, 2014
    I completely agree, Kenna! I believe paper plates are among one of the most used items, in my household at least. It's easy to throw a quick dinner together and not have a load of dishes to wash afterwards by using paper plates. While that may be time efficient, it is so wasteful. If families knew the massive amount of trash they produce, I'm sure they would start to change their wasteful ways. For example, if each household had to keep their own trash for a month—no dumpsters, no trash pickup trucks—I'm sure they would conserve and reuse as much as they possibly could. Just recently, my family has invested in a recycle bin for our house. Now, instead of having one trash can, we have two. It makes recycling a lot easier to just sort through what I'm throwing away and the designated can is right there! Plastic bags are also included in one of the largest consumed things. Grocery shopping has become a weekly or even sometimes daily thing for most households, and with grocery shopping comes the plastic bags! There are many ways to reuse plastic bags, such as using it for a trash bag in a trash can, you can also use it when cleaning or transporting items. Recycling is easy and isn't all that time consuming, people just don't take the first steps to recycling, Americans don't accept or know how to handle change, therefore we reject change and define it as negative or not worth the time. All it takes is that beginning step to get into recycling!
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Natalia W-US, Feb. 26, 2014

In my house we are very good at reusing. Whenever we get containers from takeout places, we keep them. They work very well at taking lunch to school, work, ect. This also keeps us from going to the store and buying new ones. Also we have reusable bottles we use wherever we go out or go to the gym. As well as reusable coffee cups on early mornings when we need to take some coffee with us to school or work. You can reuse anything, I’ve even seen people reuse butter or cool whip containers!

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Drew S USA, Feb. 26, 2014

Hello my name is Drew and i am from the USA, and i just wanted to state how i feel about the importance about reusing and also repurposing used or maybe old goods. My mom has always been the worst when it comes to something get old and just throwing it in the trash or saying take it to the dump. My dad and i are all the time trying to find ways to figure out what we could do to repurpose something. We have took old wood from random stuff and made chairs and also and metal is saved never know if need to make something when welding. Also i think the way we recycle right now is correct but the thing would need to improve is getting as many people as possible involved, then we would notice the change. It would be massive!

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Sabrina M-US, Feb. 26, 2014

I don’t think a better system than recycling and reusing can be developed. Recycling is a great way to make new things from used materials. Recycling might cost more and take more time but it keeps valuable materials out of landfills. The earth only has so many resources and we should conserve them for future generations. Repurposing is also a great way to reuse items that you have. Some companies make amazing and innovational things from recycled materials. I have seen things from book bags to seat covers that were made from simple things like grocery bags. I don’t think there is anything wrong with putting items that you’re not going to use anymore in the recycling bin. When I put things in the recycling I know there is a good chance that it will be used to make something else.

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