What do you reuse that most people throw away?

Question by My Avatar Is Beautiful: What do you reuse that most people throw away?
It seems a lot of people aren’t creative enough nowadays to find alternate uses for what most people refer to as garbage, what do you keep, use, recycle that most people don’t?
I save bread ties for anything, grocery bags for trash bags, boxes for you guessed it, newspaper for recycling and warmth,lol, anything metal and all wire for fixing broken whatever, how bout you?
bottles are good for storing bolts and screws or whatever
hair nets are great for covering food in containers
I don’t know if any of you have ever seen “it’s always sunny in Philadelphia” before, but there is an episode of two of the main characters going to garbage dumps and finding old stuff that they think is valuable. Later on in the show they end up digging through dumpsters and collecting old jackets to wear over and protect theyre others jackets, and all this other stuff that could be great on a deserted island, but they live in an apartment and end up filling it up with all this stuff, and end up living on the street and in a dumpster by the end of the episode, it’s so funny because one mans trash in another mans treasure, it’s just crazy how much humans waste and how much use others could get out of it. It’s sad that most counties don’t enforce or support recycling. I even wrote my congressman about not having green recycle garbage cans in my area and he jsut gave me an excuse like “we appreciate your concern but right now only certain areas have recycling”.
Make sure you don’t reuse and keep drinking out of plastic water bottles though because they contain synthetic estrogen mimicking chemicals, especially harmful if they have been sitting in a hot car.

Best answer:

Answer by ajtheactress
Plastic produce bags – handy for food storage and transportation of things that might leak.
Zip lock bags
Plastic tubs that once held salsa, butter, cottage cheese – no need to actually buy plastic containers.
old tooth brushes great for cleaning, or craft projects
Magazine images, wall paper samples, calendar picture I do collages with them.
Cardboard boxes with lids paper boxes in particular make serviceable stacking storage and file boxes.
Shoe Boxes good storage boxes for shirts, socks and shoulder pads.
Newspapers make great padding and insulation

And I recycle glass, metal [including tin foil] paper and plastic.

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6 thoughts on “What do you reuse that most people throw away?”

  1. I use vitamin water bottles as pen holders for my desk. Just cut it at the part where it creases, and use the other half to put safety pins or paper clips. It turns out to be very pop-artish and also modern.

  2. I save all newspapers that come into the house, and much of the paper junk mail, and use it in the garden instead of purchased (and plastic) weed-mat. I wet the newspaper in a bucket, and lay it on the section of garden that needs it, overlapping with other wet newspaper. Then, when a large enough area is covered, I layer 4-6 inches (6-10 cm) of pine bark, wood chips, or other organic mulch over it to cover and prettify.

    I collect jar lids for the local schools, pre-schools, and grade schools to use as glue-dishes or paint-dishes. Ditto for many of the sturdy plastic liners that commercial boxed breakfast cereals come in: these liners are excellent paints mats and mess mats for art classes, and terrific when the art projects have to be moved to a drying shelf.

    I also save the colored plastic caps from milk-bottles and other bottles. These make good game counters for all sorts of games and projects. I’ve “scaled up” some classic games for group use, and made the game-boards and other pieces out of cardboard, and given these to interested teachers and youth groups. I believe the Sea Scout group I gave a harbor game to are still using it (7-8 years later) — it was designed to teach the kids sailing techniques and the “rules of the road” for various kinds of boats and conditions, and included cardboard coastal features and islands that could be moved around.

    I shop with re-usable cloth bags as often as possible, but I still end up with loads of plastic bags, anyway! I re-use them for wastebaskets; also, I cut off the handles and bottom seals to make “tissue paper” for gifts and package mailings.

    I have saved and cleaned out *lots* of tin cans, and hammered flat any bits that might stick up and cut someone. My husband and I collect glass Christmas ornaments, and we’ve found that wrapping them in scraps of cotton fabric and nestling them into the tin cans is the safest way to store them. We have the cans in cardboard-separated layers in a couple of cheap foot-lockers with wheels. Every new ornament purchase or gift requires another can to be primary-recycled this way.

    I don’t know if you’ll count this,…. 😀 …. but we live in a fairly drought-prone area. We recycle much of our shower water: when the shower is first turned on, and we wait for the water to heat up, that perfectly clean water ordinarily goes to waste — so we have three buckets in the shower stall to collect this, and it gets poured into the garden afterwards.

    There’s a certain brand of condiment that my family loves, and it comes in smallish glass jars. We remove the labels and attach a wire collar-and-hanger-loop around the top, with usually a length of chain on the loop hanger. (The chain puts the flames at a distance from the branches, so that the heat doesn’t boil or burn the living wood.) A bit of sand and a tea-light candle is put inside each. These are hung on S-hooks in the branches of the three trees around our patio. We could still use at least another couple of dozen, so we’ll be primary-recycling these particular jars for some time to come.

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