Reuse and Recycle Before you throw it out - think about it - does it have an alternative use? Back in our Nanna's days - they were natural recyclers -...
Reuse and Recycle
Before you throw it out – think about it – does it have an alternative use? Back in our Nanna’s days – they were natural recyclers – money was scarce - so you had to make do with what you have. Let’s learn from these master recyclers and re-use what we have!
- Use old margarine and butter containers to grow seedlings for your garden. Egg cartons can be used the same way!
- Newspapers can be used as wrapping paper, or to help light your wood heater, or as a weed matt in the garden – never throw them away!
- Egg cartons make great art work fodder for kids – keep them for your own – or donate them to the nearest child care centre.
- Plastic Shopping bags are not good for the environment – but you can at lease re-use them – they make great ‘nappy sacks’ for dirty nappies. Tie a knot in the top and dispose of wisely. Another alternative it to donate them to charity stores – they are always looking for clean plastic bags to use.
- Re-use wrapping paper or use it to make colourful xmas decorations at the end of the year.
- Put your food scraps in a sealed ice cream container and use it either in your compost heap or worm farm if you have one – or give it to the chooks!
- Old jam jars make terrific containers for buttons or birthday candles or anything small and non-perishable. If you get quite a few jars the same – fill them up with different coloured items and put them on display – looks very rustic and beautiful!
- Save some seeds from your fruit and vege and try and grow your own!
- Empty roll-on deodorants can be rinsed clean and filled with non-toxic paint for children to have their own ‘paint pen’.
- Old toothbrushes are terrific for cleaning in those hard to reach places – especially cleaning grout in the bathroom! Make sure you keep them away from the toothbrushes you use to to day though – yuk yuk.
- Re-carpeting your home? Why not use a few squares to line your doghouse – keep a few spare so you can replace them as they get grotty.
- Shoe boxes make great storage boxes for loose photographs or letters you would like to keep
Got some more great ideas to reuse items around the home? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list!