Reuse and Repurpose to Lower Your Waste

One of the most effective methods of reducing waste is to not create waste in the first place. There are a lot of everyday things that get tossed in the trash in homes all over the US. Learning different ways to reuse everyday objects gets us one step closer to reducing our waste in the world. Let’s dive into some different things in your home you can reuse once you’re through with them.

donate to reuseMilk Cartons & Water Bottles

By now, we all know how dumb water bottles are. If you are guilty of still buying single-use bottles on occasion, we have an idea for you! You can use a plastic milk jug or a water bottle to make a planter for new plants. Or you can decorate the bottles and make a fun new plant holder for your desk!

Glass Jars

Over 11.6 million tons of glass are thrown away every year in the United States. Only 28 percent of that number are actually recovered for recycling. Learning different ways to reuse glass jars in your home is an important role in reducing the amount of glass thrown away each year.

One basic way to reuse jars is as a drinking glass. Another method within your kitchen is to store spices, dry goods, or canning food. If you’ve never canned food before, you can learn more at the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Outside of kitchen organization, you can use glass jars for a lot of organization projects. A few places you could use a jar for organization is in your garage for tools, on your desk for pens/pencils, and in your bathroom for toothbrushes or makeup storage.

If you can’t find a use for your glass jar, that is ok! Don’t throw it away, properly recycle it!

Egg Carton & Egg Shells

Egg cartons are one of those tricky things where it is recyclable in some areas but not recyclable in other areas. Eggshells are another thing that usually gets tossed in the trash. Instead of sending them to the landfill, there are a few different ways you can reuse them!

A great way to reuse an egg carton is by starting seedlings by adding a little soil and a seed in each hole in the egg carton. Once your seeds sprout, if your egg carton is made of wood pulp or recycled paper (biodegradable materials), you can plant the whole thing.

Eggshells are also very useful when it comes to plant health. The shells are high in calcium, so if they are placed within the soil near a plant, it will boost the plant’s growth. If you really wanted to, you could start seedlings in an empty eggshell inside of the egg carton.

Remember earlier when I said you could paint your water bottles to make a pretty plant holder? Well, you can make a palette with those paints in an egg carton to keep the colors from mixing. Another way to use egg cartons is to organize jewelry, beads, nuts, or bolts.

When all else fails, take the egg cartons to your local farmers. The farmers who sell eggs will be grateful!

donate to reuseOld Sheets, Towels, & Clothing

Instead of just throwing away old fabric, turn them into something useful! You have a few different options depending on the item. One option is cutting them into squares and using them as cleaning rags. Bring out those scissors again. You can cut up old jeans to patch new ones. If you’re feeling crafty, you can turn pieces of clothing into stuffed animals.

My closing comments don’t only apply to clothes but anything else you have in your home that you no longer want. What you can’t reuse, donate! If you have things in your home that no longer have use to you, donate them to a local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or local charity.

There are so many things in our lives that we simply dispose of because we are through with it or no longer want. Don’t just throw it away! Find a new use or donate it to someone who will find a use for it!