Go Green, Reuse Household Items and Save Money

Which is better, a reuse or recycling? To me reuse is greener compared to recycle. When we recycle we pay the cost of transportation and some one else pay the cost of actual recycle where item ‘A’ is converted in to item ‘B’, a lot of energy is consumed in this transformation.

Form next time, before we throw items in trash think for bit if you can make use of it in some way. For if its in trash its going to be recycled in to something else at the cost of energy consumption.

Below are some household chores where we can reuse materials we consume every day and there by, save money.

Reuse while Moving

  1. Departmental stores usually ship the emptied container during night. Visit them after midnight and collect packing boxes for free. Be careful that boxes are really empty before picking up from aisles; else you could run in to problem.
  2. Re use plastic shopping bags as a cushion for fragile items, packing beans are not only costly, they are very hazardous to environment
  3. Re use egg cartons to pack small decorative pieces you might have.
  4. Big shopping plastic, specially the ones comes with electronics, can be re used for packing clothes and books.
  5. If you resell your old used electronics, unless the buyer insists, don’t give away the original packing boxes; while moving you can reuse those boxes.

Re use for gardening

  1. Egg cartons can also be reused for seedling plants, fill with soil, plant the seeds and keep it until It grows in small sapling before you put them in the garden.
  2. Vegetables, specially the skins of it, you don’t use is an excellent source of fertilizer. Dig a big whole in your garden, every day dump the unused vegetables in it and cover with a plastic/wooden cover. When It fills up, cover with a layer of soil. Within a month you will have the  best fertilizer you could ever have
  3. Use the emptied washer/dishwasher liquid container to water your garden.
  4. Old and rusted spoons and spatulas can be re used in your garden for digging purposes.
  5. Old socks can be re used as gloves for doing gardening.
  6. Reuse water collected from washing utensils etc. to water plants.
  7. Crushed egg shells are an excellent source of Calcium

Regular Cleaning

  1. News papers can work as great window cleaner, soak with water and put in to the glass, once it dries up, remove the paper, your window will be shining clean
  2. Use old shirts and dresses as cleaning clothes, you don’t need to buy from stores ever.
  3. Re use old curtains to wash car
  4. Re use old shower curtains to cover floors while painting your house.
  5. Used tooth brushes can be reused to clean your sports shoes.

Re use for Decoration

  1. Used toilet paper rolls can be used to create wall art
  2. Egg shells can be painted or crafted to create art work
  3. Old floor tiles can be reused to create bathroom art work.
  4. Old toothpaste can be reused after cleaning for cake decoration.
  5. Old perfume bottles can be reused to create art.
Readers, are you inspired to think of other ways to re use old stuff rather than recycling?  Feel free to comment with links to your own posts on the subject or any web source you know of. 

SB from One Cent AT A Time wrote this article as part of Yakezie blog swap. Visit his web site and read some cool stuff on personal finance and well being. You can follow his RSS feed to get his new posts in your mail box or readers.

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  1. Thanks for posting Jeff

  2. I save peanut butter containers, miracle whip containers and the like for keeping screws and nails in. It’s a good way to keep them organized.

    Also, save jam jars and pickle jars for when you make you’re own. :) Why buy new when you get them for free with the stuff you have to buy anyway.

  3. I have to agree, re-using is greener than recycling. Re-purposing items that have outlived their original purpose just makes good sense. Great read.

  4. You can just use the newspapers in lieu of rags when cleaning windows. It leaves the windows streak free!

  5. In my quest to reuse or repurpose I could easily become a hoarder. I find that I rarely buy anything new – my favorite ‘stores’ are my own stuff, a local thrift store and yard sales. I’ve been doing this for at least 55 years.

    One of my favorite books is by Carolyn Jabs “Re/uses 2133 Ways to recycle & reuse…”. If you’re lucky you can find it at your local library or on Amazon.

    Always look for ways to reuse/repurpose what you already own instead of buying. By thinking out of the box you’ll save money, save landfill space and make something unique.

  6. Reuse is much better than recycling. Our recycling people won’t take toilet rolls. :( why not? That’s dumb.

  7. Good article, SB. We’re big fans of re-purposing and re-use. Newspaper products and carboboard egg cartons go into the worm bins as bedding, as does most kitchen waste. Coffee cans, old clothes, dryer lint…. the list goes on.

  8. Good tips. One thing we do with the plastic bags is use them in the various rooms throughout the house as garbage bags. Each room has a little trash can, so they are perfect to use as the garbage bags.

  9. What a great list of tips for reusing things so as to reduce our waste! Our aromatherapy company encourages our customers to bring back their bottles by offering a discount so we can reuse them and reduce our footprint. It’s win-win! :)

  10. I like all of your tips! I use old t-shirts as rags among some of the other tips, but I’ll have to check out the TP art!

  11. I really love the thought of reusing things, I mean, why bother buying something again that you already have even ‘disposable’ items. It’s just silly!

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