Waste is becoming a big problem for our planet. We throw away so much stuff that ends up in landfills and in to the ocean. This has a major influence on both our environment and our wildlife. However, there is no need to throw away half of the stuff that we do. Instead of throwing things in the bin once you’re done with them, try and get creative and think of ways that item can be reused. Here are some ideas for home recycling items that can be reused.
While glass is a widely recycled material, there is a lot of packaging on glass products that isn’t recyclable. So why not reuse whole jars/containers so that the whole product is being reused? There are so many uses for these types of products including storing grocery items, desk organisers and toothbrush holders. You can even create your own drinking glasses and vases from glass drinks bottles.
People use a lot of plastic bottles. These can range from a bottle of coke all the way through to your shampoo and conditioner. Here are some examples of things that you can do with plastic containers:
- Bird feeders
- Food bins
- Shoe holders
- Self-watering seed pots
- Cell charging station
If you are someone that goes through a lot of paper, then there are plenty of ways which you can reuse it. You can use them as an eco-friendly wrapping paper for when you’re giving out gifts, make them in to envelopes and even in to woven baskets.
It can be all too easy to throw out your old clothes and bedding. But they can be useful around the home. One of the most popular things to do with them is cut them up and use them as cleaning cloths. If you are a creative person then maybe you can reimagine these materials as a new type of clothing or even rugs/curtains/throws for your home.
Home Recycling: Plastic Bags
No matter who you are, it’s more likely than not that you have an abundance of plastic bags in your house. With the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge every time you get a new one, now is the time to start reusing them instead of collecting them. Whether it is reusing them at the shop or turning them in to bins, start home recycling bags.
Items from Your Bathroom
Bathroom items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes can also be repurposed. You can reuse toothbrushes as a scrub for hard to reach places. Toothpaste tubes can be made in to icing funnels by cutting off the bottom of them.