Recycling basics for the home
Recycling saves energy, landfill space and natural resources.
Home recycling requires a trivial amount of time, yet offers substantial benefit to the homeowner as well as the environment.
According to the EPA, the national recycling rate is just 30%. Increasing materials recycling in the US to 60% could save the equivalent of 315 million barrels of oil per year. Recycling is a great way individuals can make a difference, both locally and globally.
Reuse everyday items
Many items found around the home can be used for different purposes. So before you throw those items away, think about how they can be reused. Below are some suggestions of how to reuse those everyday bits and pieces.
|Carrier bags and twist ties. Carrier bags can be reused in the shops or as bin bags around the house.Paper bags make useful wrapping paper and twist ties can be used to secure loose items together, such as computer wires.You can make a yarn from plastic bag and so from u can make a bags/ decorative bowls/ vases/ doormatsEg: http://wordsnneedles.com/WN/2015/04/how-to-make-plarn-from-grocery-bags.html|
|Envelopes By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes.Alternatively, old envelopes can be used as scrap paper to make notes on.You can make wall decorations/ mini books/ beautiful invitaions|
|Jars and pots. By cleaning glass jars and small pots, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends.You can make candle jars/ pencil holder/ brush holder/ vases/ groceries/ pickles/ water plants/ mason jars/ decorative lights|
|Newspaper, cardboard and bubble wrap Make useful packing material when moving house or to store items.You can make paper vases/decorative bowls/ flowers/ furniture/ photo frames/ wall arts/ pompoms
Paper pulp clay: http://www.enchantedbeings.com/tutorials/paperpulpcombo1.jpg
|Old clothes – can be made into other textile items such as cushion covers or teapot cozies.You can make quilts/ rugs/ bags/ doormats/ pillow cases/ cell phone covers/ car cover/ aprons/ baskets/ wall arts|
|Packaging Such as foil and egg cartons can be donated to schools and nurseries, where they can be use in art and craft projects.Egg carton: flowers/ dolls/ store Christmas ornaments/ wall arts/ paint cups/ wreath/ seedling|
|Scrap paper Can be used to make notes and sketches. Don’t forget to recycle it when you no longer need it.You can make min books/ wall arts/ paper beads/ decorative paper/ use like construction paper|
|Tyres Old tyres can be given to your local petrol station where they will be recycled. Or you could make a tyre-swing by tying a strong rope around a tyre and attaching it to a tree.You can make gardening decorations/ furniture http://www.curbly.com/users/capreek/posts/14918-how-to-turn-an-old-tire-into-a-stylish-nautical-inspired-ottoman|
|Used wood Can be used in woodcrafts for making objects such as a spice rack or a bird table. Alternatively it could be used as firewood.You can make wall arts/ furniture|