RE-USE
RE-USE

Re-using items, whether for a similar or different purpose, reduces the need to BUY more items. This in turn reduces the need for manufacturers to MANUFACTURE more, which in turn reduces the need for the more ENERGY needed to produce the stuff we look for on supermarket shelves (.. the demand and supply equation ..). The majority of the stuff we purchase has a short lifespan. The intention when re-using items, is to simply reduce (as opposed to permanently replace). By reusing, we are simply influencing the quantities that manufacturers need to make.

If your mind set is not one of re-using items, then think about creating a storage space in your home for items that can be stored away (until the bin is full) and then given away to others who could use it…

Re-use all the plastic tubs/containers from the stores (yogurt, cheese, etc) particularly those with lids to store goodies in. While the thin plastic containers are not always suitable, the harder tubs are ideal for “bits-and-pieces” that don’t have a specific storage space but you don’t want lying around…
Re-use old dishcloths/towels/facecloths, etc. as cleaning swabs for floors, cars, windows, etc. before you buy floor cloths, dusters etc.

Re-use all plastic bags and paper packets that your purchased items come in.
Re-use the gift wrap that your presents come in. If you thoroughly enjoy wripping off the paper that covers the gifts you receive, (like I always did), consider doing so with the giftwrap of ONE of your gifts and save the giftwrap on the others for future use … yes … just like your Grandmother did …

Re-use glass bottles and glass jars with lids .. glass is the perfect storage container. If you can’t or do not want to re-use the glass jar for the same function, use them for storing little items that collect in drawers or for storing nails/screws etc. that can be stored in the garage or workshop.

The main thing to consider when re-using the stuff you purchase is the following: if it is simply not practical for you to re-use an item yourself … give it away someone else who can. Create a dedicated storage space to do so and make a trip once a month to the local school, community centre, etc…. you will be surprised at the depth of creativity that comes when re-using potential “throw-aways”.

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