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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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rachel p-USA, Nov. 25, 2012

cute video I found on the 3 R’s! I remeber learning this song when I was young and learning about recycling for the first time! But really it doesn’t matter how much you know about recycling but the fact that you want to make a difference in our world. Also I feel the more people you try to influence to recycle the better outcome we will get! so get out, be green and reduce, reuse, recycle!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKdZYYmTT9A&feature=fvwrel
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rachel p-USA, Nov. 25, 2012

I was at a friends house when she showed me her collection of these bracelets!! They are so fun to make and a great way to recycle especially since the top of a can can’t be recycled. Try this out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk_2v3DAHIM&feature=fvwrel
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  • Alexa L Alexa L Nov. 26, 2012
    Hi, I'm Alex from Texas. My spanish teacher from eighth grade always collected these and encouraged us to bring them in for her. She was from Mexico and I think she worked with a charity that would collect these. For instance, every 10 soda tabs collected there will be 10 cents donated to a family in need. I am not sure if this is exactly how the charity worked or any specific details, but there are plenty of other ways to use these.
  • Charity F. Charity F. Feb. 11, 2013
    This is really cool I would love to do this sometime with my friends.
  • Christina Ottoson Christina Ottoson Feb. 13, 2013
    very creative! you could probably make bracelets out of other “waste” aswell! the cool thing is: it´s good for the environment, doesn´t cost much and it´s unique

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rachel p-USA, Nov. 25, 2012

when I found this video I got so excited because it was two of my favorite things in one video! recycling and shoes!!! check this out how a shoe company called OKabashi can make new shoes from old shoes!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi8i7LGNA4Y&feature=pyv&ad=5734499071&kw=recyclable
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  • Tolu L-USA Tolu L-USA Nov. 26, 2012
    Hello Rachel! I think this is a really cool idea! Normally when a pair of shoes gets old or small for someone they usually throw it away. If we were able to turn a pair of our old shoes onto new shoes, it would save a lot of money becasue you would't have to worry about buying new shoes. It would also save the enviroment becasue all of our old pairs of shoes wouldn't be throw away
  • Tolu L-USA Tolu L-USA Nov. 26, 2012
    Hello Rachel! I think this is a really cool idea! Normally when a pair of shoes gets old or small for someone they usually throw it away. If we were able to turn a pair of our old shoes onto new shoes, it would save a lot of money becasue you would't have to worry about buying new shoes. It would also save the enviroment becasue all of our old pairs of shoes wouldn't be throw away

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Jessica S-USA, Nov. 25, 2012

Everyone has heard at least one lecture about recycling whenever you can to help conserve the earth, but what if we can to better than that? What if we REUSE things instead of just throwing them in a recycling bin. If we do that then we will decrease our carbon footprints by a lot more than if we recycle. For example if you are in the middle of writing a paper, but you decide that you don’t like it and are going to start over, then you save that used piece of paper for something else. Maybe you can used the back or just a piece of it. Either way it will save the earth faster!

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  • Anushka T-USA Anushka T-USA May 2, 2013
    You are right, it takes just as much energy and fossil fuels to create material form recycled goods as it does to create new material. So, it definitely makes more sense to reuse our resources instead of just throwing them in a recycling bin. One material that we cant reuse are cheap plastic bottles though. This is because my teacher recently told me how reusing these bottles might cause harm to our health since they release chemicals especially when left out in the sun. These chemicals can dissolve into water and cause harm. So,yes, reuse your materials, but be careful about the quality of your material and what harm it may cause.

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Colleen C-USA, Nov. 25, 2012

It’s been getting cold lately and my home’s air-conditioning upstairs (where I have to sleep) is broken. That means a few cold nights until a repair man can come fix it. But how environmentally-friendly is it for us to use gas to heat our home? I have a large window in my room and most of the year the sunlight coming in through it will heat up my room so much that I’ll have to turn on the fan. I decided to find a way I could efficiently use sunlight to heat my room or any room that was too cold! The following link shows a guide on how to use soda cans and a frame with a hose and a few other things to heat air!

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2007/04/26/almost-free-garage-heat-just-drink-a-lot-of-soda/#more-3769
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  • rachel p-USA rachel p-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    this is so cool!! I wonder if we could try to use some of these at st agnes !! then we could learn about how to make these and be eco-friendly!!
  • Alexa L Alexa L Nov. 26, 2012
    Hey Colleen. I think the only problem with this is if you need to replace the soda cans often and because it uses 50 cans that it may not be as environment friendly as people would like. I am not saying this is not a good way to reuse/repurpose cans this seems like a great way to keep rooms warm during the few cold nights or cool during the majority of the year.

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Lea C-USA, Nov. 25, 2012

Today in French classs my teacher was talking to us about recycling. He told us a story about how one of his students put some food in the recycling bin and because of this we would not be able to recycle anything but instead just throw it away. I learned a lot fromhis story because I realised that food and water can not be recycled! Not only can they not be recycled but if you put it in the recycling bin everything must be thrown away! So next time when you want to recycle, I urge you to think, is this recycable?

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Sakura G-America, Nov. 19, 2012

Hi, I am Sakura from Houston, Texas. Houston isn’t known as a city that big on recycling(though we’re “big” on everything else), and I have lived here almost all of my life. So, when I went to a skating camp in Canada and had to live in a dorm, it was a whole different lifestyle. The biggest change between living in the States and living in Canada was that Canada was definately alot greener than the US. It was actually extremely embarrassing when I stood in line at the grocery store in Canada with my pounds and pounds of groceries, only to realise that Canada CHARGES for the use of plastic bags at grocery stores. As I looked around me, I realised that EVERYONE around me had brought their own bags to carry their groceries in. Luckily, the cashiers felt extremely bad for me, because I was completely clueless, and let me carry my groceries in a storage box that they no longer needed to use. This was a humiliating moment, but it really made me realise how different Canada is from the US. If America could use the same system and charge for the use of paper or plastic bags, we would be more inclined to REUSE our old plastic bags, or use sturdier bags to bring with us on every shopping trip. If the Canadians can do it, can’t we??

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/06/06/toronto-plastic-bag.html
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  • Katherine F-USA Katherine F-USA Nov. 20, 2012
    I completely agree, Sakura. Although it would probably face opposition at first, a bill requiring the customer to pay for each plastic bag used could really help the environment. I expect that if this happened, within a short period of time, reusable bags would be all people used. Not enough families bring their own bags to the grocery store, but if created, this law would give people the incentive they needed to do so. I respect Canada for making this law and hope that it will someday be made in the USA, too!
  • Julia C-USA Julia C-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    I agree! I go to France every summer and they charge for bags too. It has tought me a lot about conserving resources and reusing them. I think that another great thing that grocery stores in America are doing is providing discounts and specials for people who bring their own bags. I think that if this trend continues, Americans might just vote for plastic bags to be baned, following the lead of Canada and other countries.
  • Sakura G-America Sakura G-America Nov. 26, 2012
    Glad to know that I'm not the only one that feels this way!! If we can get alot of people to support our idea, maybe we can make a real difference! I predict that this could be a breakthrough for America if this follows through considering how many times the average American goes to the grocery store and wastes plastic bags. If the other countries can do it, so can we!

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grace l, Nov. 18, 2012

Hi, my name is Grace and I live in Houston, TX. Living in an industrial city like Houston, it is very important to recycle and reuse as much as we can. I for one take a lunch box to school and use a reusable water container. It reduses trash and saves plastic. I know another thing my family and I do is keep our plastic and paper bags from stores and reuse them for other purposes. Even keeping the plastic containers you get when you order food is a good way of repurposing items. Another great idea is reusing the other side of printer paper for scratch paper maybe. Less paper wasted equals more trees not cut down equals more oxygen in the air and less carbon dioxide. In the link below, it gives creative ideas to reusing items.

http://www.squidoo.com/reuse-everything
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Mikaela C-USA, Nov. 18, 2012

This is another YouTube video from the HappyDancingTurtle channel that contains a very simple explanation on how we can follow the steps of reducing, reusing and recycling. I tend to forget these three steps, and I am a big paper waster. I love to doodle, and I really like to use printer paper. If I mess it a drawing, I throw or recycle the paper. Sometimes I crumple a sheet if I made a small picture on both sides, and I go and get another piece of paper. I realize now that I waste the resources and money of others because of that. Now, I use both sides and only use printer paper when absolutely necessary. I learned how to reduce my consumption, and I reuse sheets of used paper when I want to doodle. After using all that paper, I recycle it when I want to get rid of it. It is amazing that small actions help me to reduce my carbon footprint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWxjFLDoIDA&feature=related
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  • rachel p-USA rachel p-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    this is a great video if, especially to share with younger kids, to sumarize recycling. Short, sweet, but gets the point across! I too try to follow these three steps in my daily life as well!!

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Mikaela C-USA, Nov. 18, 2012

We get so caught up in our routines that we forget that simple actions such as recycling that are disregarded harm our Earth and only home for us and future generations. I found this video on the Discovery Channel’s YouTube channel. It is an animation of the possible effects that not recycling a tin can is harmful to the earth. The video has shows the probable time lapse of a tin can degrading itself over 50 years and how it harms the life of plants and the environment around us. A simple action such as recycling a soda can into its proper location can harm the earth in a matter of years or even as of now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8-eCbDbu-8
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  • Katherine F-USA Katherine F-USA Nov. 23, 2012
    Mikaela, I never knew how long it took for a single can to degrade itself! I have often witnessed people littering the ground with their empty cans, even when the recycling can is only a few steps away! Doing so actually harms our earth in many ways, like filling up the landfills. Americans only recycle about half of all aluminum cans, but it is so easy to do! You can read about how you can help in the article I attached. http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/recycle-aluminum-cans-3136.html
  • Sara C-USA Sara C-USA Nov. 23, 2012
    Hi Mikaela and Catherine, I'm Sara from Houston, Texas. I agree that it is definitely better too recycle an aluminum can than to leave on the side of the road; however an even greater option would be to reuse that can. I have linked to instructions on how to reuse old aluminum cans and other items in art projects ranging from coasters to jewelry. I hope you find these ideas to be fun and innovative.
  • rachel p-USA rachel p-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    hey mikela! I too never knew it took that long for a can to recycle itself but just that shows how hard we shoudl work to recycle anything and everything we can! I'm currently trying to get my family to be more greener in different ways too and it makes me feel great to know that I can help out our enviroment this way!!

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