1. Help Your Garden Grow
Empty yogurt containers can be great to help seedlings grow in your garden, since they’re the perfect size for new plants. Or, cut the bottoms off of plastic water bottles to create an instant mini-greenhouse for new plants. Either way, you’ll be reusing something that would be clogging a landfill somewhere while you provide oxygen for the planet. You can even use old Styrofoam packing peanuts as gravel in the bottom of potted plants.
2. Make Your Trash Work for You
Instead of buying new trash bags, use plastic and paper bags from stores to hold your refuse. Empty Kleenex boxes make great mini trash containers for the car, or use them as plastic bag dispensers. In fact, get creative with any container, as containers are among the easiest household items to reuse. If you’re thinking a little bigger, you can even find places to donate your old car, such as Kars4Kids.
If you’re like most people, you have a few shirts in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year or two. You could donate them, but if you’re feeling crafty, buy some pillow stuffing and sew them into pillows! You’ll save a ton of money compared to buying new pillows and pillow covers.
Empty wine bottles can be used for a variety of artistic projects. Make a vase or a lamp, or maybe a soap pump or salad dressing bottle (if you add a pour spout). If you’re the adventurous type, you can even find directions online to tell you how to make your own drinking glasses out of wine bottles! If not, your city may have an artists’ center that will gladly accept items like wine bottles as donations.
If you receive a lot of junk mail or unwanted catalogs, take the time to call the companies who send them to you and ask to be taken off their mailing lists. Or better yet, check out the Direct Marketing Association to save yourself some time in taking yourself off the big marketers’ mailing lists.
By: Janice Hill