Reuse items over and over to reduce waste. Reusing things saves money and our natural resources. The information below will get you well on your way to reusing all types of items.
- Saves money
- Saves energy
- Allows products to be used to their fullest extent
- Keeps items that are still usable and valuable out of the waste stream
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Tips for Reusing Items
Use reusable grocery bags and produce bags. Many groups give free reusable bags as promotions and your local grocery stores have reusable bags available for purchase. These bags can be used many times and are well-worth the effort. Keep them in your car so you always have them for impromptu shopping trips.
Bring your own coffee mug or travel mug to your local coffee shop. Some coffee shops will even give you a discount for using your own mug.
Reusable water bottles rule. The City has great tasting, healthy drinking water that’s readily available. If you are interested in using a filter first, simply buy a Brita filter or similar product and refill your bottle often. Beyond costing you money, purchasing disposable plastic water bottles can be detrimental to the environment if they are not recycled.
Try reusable batteries.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. You can find good quality used items from thrift stores, second-hand shops and garage sales, etc. Same goes for when you want to dispose of something that is in good condition; try selling or donating your product or ask friends to see if they have a need for it.
Turn your waste into something new. Creative re-purposing is a way to make new and useful things from the items you do not want or have use for anymore. Favorite up-cycled craft projects include:
~ Do-it-Yourself Reuse
~ Plastic Bag Crafts