When I was young, my mother used to wash out the Ziploc bags from my lunch so that she could use them again. She could use a piece of aluminum foil until you could almost see through it.
I thought she was just being thrifty, but it turns out that she was acting in an environmentally responsible manner by reducing the amount of garbage that she created (whether she knew it or not) by reusing trash.
As I got older and moved out on my own, I also reused my baggies and foil because I didn't have a great deal of money to be throwing around. But I also realized the importance reducing the amount of waste that I produced.
An average American generates more than 4 pounds of trash every day. That's a lot of garbage! Each time you are able to reuse an item that you might normally immediately toss, you begin whittling down that 4 pound pile. And as an extra incentive, it can save you money!
I have compiled a list of some very creative ways that you can reuse many items that might otherwise end up on the curb in the trash.
Parents Recycling Resources
Parents recycling resources that communicate how a parent's influence is essential in molding our childrens habits and values. How you can help grow a green generation.
Reuse Trash Ideas
An extensive listing of helpful ideas for you to reuse your trash and reduce your contribution to the landfills.
Crafts From Trash
Recycle Crafts and create treasure from trash. Have fun with your family or your students while creating works of art with items that might normally be thrown away.
Recycling is always for a worthy cause - helping the environment. But what if you could help your community in other ways in conjunction with recycling? Recycle and volunteer to make the world a better place.