Stop Consuming and Reuse

Tips to Reusing Household Items to Ensure Waste Reduction

By far a better choice than sending your used items to the trash, and also preferable to recycling, reusing is the third most effective way to handle your rubbish (next to precycling and reducing). When you reuse products, you make much more efficient use of the resources and energy that went into producing them in the first place and you lower the amount of trash you send to the landfill.

Whether you reuse them yourself or give them to someone else to reuse doesn’t matter, as long as they continue to be of use to someone. Finding ways to reuse your old items is simple with these top reusing tips:

  • Give used items away: Many nonprofit organizations accept used (and brand new!) items as donations. A local school, for instance, might be able to make use of your old computer, a women’s shelter might accept unused makeup that you no longer like, and the cancer ward may welcome a can of cheery green paint. When your charity won’t take your things, consider giving them up to your local community through a site like Freecycle or Craigslist.
  • Send to secondhand stores: There are endless ways you can incorporate secondhand methodology into your waste handling routine. Consider for instance the following items you can safely send to secondhand stores for someone else to reuse:
    • Books and magazines
    • Camping gear
    • Clothing and linens
    • Decor items
    • Electronics
    • Furniture
    • Games and toys
    • Gardening tools
    • Kitchen gadgets, utensils, dishes, pots, and pans
    • Music and videos
    • Office products
    • Small and large appliances
  • Exchange used items through swaps: Swap meets and flea markets are experiencing a rebirth as people rediscover how to exchange their old items for someone else’s. Check your local listings for groups offering exchanges for various clothing and household items, or check online for swap sites for baby clothes, clothing, books, magazines, and more. 
  • Sell used items: If you need a few extra bucks, you can often find ways to sell your items to someone else. Whether you host a garage sale, send your used items to a consignment store, or sell your things online, you’ll give someone a great deal, have a little extra coin in your pocket, and reduce your trash all at the same time.
  • Use miscellaneous items for crafts: Those with children will especially appreciate this option. There are literally thousands of things you can create by reusing products in craft projects. Just do some search online for whatever it is you need to reuse - old socks, half-burned candles, greeting cards, soda bottles, baby food jars, or scraps of fabric - and you’re bound to find endless ideas. 


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