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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - (a weekly feature)

Living Green, One Tip at a Time -

# 6  -  Reuse  (part 2)

- Buy/Sell used Items - Buy and sell your items, using local retailors or on sites such as: 

- Packing Peanuts: Drop off at a local packing, shipping or moving store.

- Wash and Reuse Plastic Bags: With either a wooden bag dryer or in the washing machine.

- Buy Durables: Buy products that will last and take care of them.

- Teach Thrift: Teach your children the value of being thrifty (the wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality).

- Frugal Printing: Use both sides of each piece of paper -- for note taking or printing documents from your computer (at home or work). Create note pads by stapling together once-used paper.

- Kitchen Reuseables: Instead of buying these items new, save and reuse all: paper bags, plastic bags, rubber bands, twisties, boxes, and packaging material.

- Library: Pick up books from your local library or used book store. The library is also many times a great place for finding magazines, CDs, books-on-tape, and videos.

- Share with Neighbors: Join in with neighbors to purchase infrequently used products such as lawn mowers, ladders, etc.

- Recargeable Batteries: Purchase rechargeable batteries and a battery recharger (some battery rechargers will also recharge regular alkaline batteries). Solar powered battery rechargers are available online.

- College/University Reuse: Dump and Run is a nonprofit organization that organizes the collection of college students' castoff items in the spring, so they can be sold to incoming students in the fall. The proceeds are then donated to nonprofits.

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At April 9, 2011 at 12:19 PM , Blogger Heather Henry said...

This is awesome, great ideas and resources. I actually just bought a couple of sets of glasses from a friend who owns a shop in Sedona. They take old bottles (soda, beer, water) and cut the top off and make drinking glasses out of them, as well as coasters, shot glasses, spoon rests and necklaces (from the little top of the bottle). The glass set I bought is from the old curved coke bottles, very cool. Anyway, I am a big fan of reusing and recycling.
My friend's place on etsy is Yava Glass.

Thanks for visiting my blog, you should try the watercolor pencils sometime, they're very nice to work with. :)

At April 9, 2011 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Ruth said...

Hi, I'm a fellow A-Z challenger.
Great tips. I already do a lot of them. I always say why throw away what you can use.

welcome to me

yummy stuff

At April 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

Great tips and reminders, good for this time of the years when we like to do a little Spring house cleaning!!
Thanks for sharing all the great tips!!

At April 9, 2011 at 6:42 PM , Blogger SJerZGirl said...

I'm also an A-Z Challenger. Recycling is mandatory in NJ, but I still keep having to pull bottles and cans from the trash! But, Craigslist is my daughter's favorite furniture acquisition site and Amazon is her favorite selling site. Mine used to be, but the changes they made were difficult to afford on low income. Amazon doesn't charge until you sell and they already have the money, so you don't have to scrounge it. Freecycle, though, is MY favorite thing ever!! So many things that can find new homes! I also love Goodwill and other thrift stores when I can find them. If it weren't for other people's purchases, I'd be nekkid!! Great tips!

At April 10, 2011 at 12:30 AM , Blogger Penned Pebbles said...

I love these ideas and employ some of them often. Blessings!

At April 10, 2011 at 4:57 AM , Blogger Concetta said...

Dear Monica,

I am so glad to have found your blog - I love it! At first, I thought your title meant you had a little one at home after your children got older - that is what happened to me - we had a nice surprise baby come when our children were 22, 16 and 12 - now our little baby is 2 and we have the oldest at 24, then 18 and 14. Best surprise ever!! I am a nurse too - I am still working 2 nights a week at our Hospice Care Center.

Thank you for visiting Concetta's Cafe and following - I am following you now too!

Have a wonderful weekend and visit again soon.


At April 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Huntress said...

great tips!

At April 10, 2011 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Duncan D. Horne said...

I think teaching children is the most important tip in the entire list. They are the ones who will be inheriting the earth after us.

Duncan In Kuantan

At April 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM , Blogger Kelly M. Olsen said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Monica. Great tips. It would be nice if each of us put at least some effort into making our planet a better place for our future generations. I'm now a follow of your blog.

At April 11, 2011 at 12:22 AM , Blogger Karen Peterson said...

I definitely have some perfectly good stuff that needs to be repurposed. Thanks for the tips!

At April 11, 2011 at 3:37 AM , Blogger Just Another Hat said...

Thanks for the post. I knew about some of the sites but a few were new to me. There are so many swap sites around, it's great.


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