It is amazing how many items can be used for other than what they were initially designed for in the home and office. Recently I saw a CD file holder and decided to use it for extra hand towels in my small bathroom. The rack hung on the wall and did not take extra space on the vanity. It is handy and looks really nice too. Find an item and let the creativity in you imagination see what you can use that for in your garage, yard, home or where you work. You might just add it to the items you will sell as well.
There are countless items to reuse. Some of the most popular are the yogurt and cottage cheese containers at the grocery store. People use these to put a salad in for their lunch and bring it home to use it for weeks while they wash it after each use. Start thinking of what you can use things for before you discard those precious containers and other things too. If you know someone who can use what you cannot, offer it to them so it can be reused and not thrown away in the garbage dump. This saves the environment and helps us all.
If you have a family heirloom to use, think about restoring it for your use or if you cannot use it, sell it or give it to someone who will. If you do not restore items, find out who will help you with your restoration project so you can stay green and keep furniture to enjoy for decades. Some of the older furniture has more than one life to it. Look to restore your items and help by suggestion to help others to think about restoring items as well. Some antique dealers actually make a good profit from selling resorted items.
Many states are requiring people recycle to some degree. People can encourage their legislators to put bills in for the benefit of their state regarding recycling. Even if it is not mandatory, do the recycling yourself and get your family all doing what is good for the environment too. Look to other states and find out what you can recycle. Some places that don't have mandatory laws of recycling give people an opportunity to recycle newspapers, cardboard and other recycle items that have the recycle emblem on them. Do some research and save the world one recycle item and a time.
If you have not tried carpooling, this is the time to think about it. Try it in the family group first and then expand outward from there. In the family it can be started by telling everyone what the carpool rules are. Then it is up to everyone in the family to stick to the rules and stop anyone who is not following those rules. Consider these for the rules: 1. Never go anywhere alone. If you go alone it is not carpooling. If you are picking up someone at an event and don't have someone to go with you, consider talking to a neighbor about their need to go somewhere close to where you are going for your activity. 2. Make a list of things you will do while you are out of the house, driving. Do more than one thing or you will not be consolidating. Think of your rules and see how you can save the environment by car pooling.
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