Reuse for Non-DIYers
Before sending unwanted material off to the recycling facility (or the landfill!) you should always explore reuse options. Do-it-Yourselfers set an awesome example when they take unwanted household items and turn them into something amazing! Whether it’s due to time restraints or your just not in touch with your inner carpenter, DIY projects can also be intimidating, but that shouldn’t stop you from reusing. Welcome to the Reuse Guide for the Non-DIYer!
Buy Reusable – The best way to avoid creating trash is to not create it in the first place. Buy products that are made to last. For nearly every disposable item you use, there is a reusable alternative. Here are a few reusable that you’ll use every day!
Make the Most of Disposables – Even if you don’t purchase a disposable products you can still end up with them. When this happens, try to clean and reuse the item to extend it’s life. Items like zip-lock bags and takeout containers do not need to be single use.
Learn about Reuse Organizations near you – It’s great to donate your unwanted clothing to your local thrift store, but your donations could do so much more! Non-profits all over the country are specializing in the collection and redistribution of needed materials. To learn more about donating click here!
Buy used – While donating usable items is a great way to reduce waste, don’t forget that you can bring reuse full circle and purchase used items as well. One tip for second-hand shopping is to keep a running list of items that you might want, but don’t need that day. This way, you can purchase items when and if you find them in good condition. Grab your reusable shopping bag and go save the planet while also saving some money.
Effortlessly Re-purpose – If DIY projects are not your forte, don’t panic. Re-purposing doesn’t always require you to have an artistic side. Cut a square out of an old/unusable t-shirt and use it as a rag. Boom! You just re-purposed something! Have an empty food jar? Clean it out and use it for storing craft supplies. Re-purposing is all about asking yourself “Can I or anyone else use this before I dispose of it?”