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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594865779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594865770
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This densely packed compendium from Yankee magazine takes recycling to the level of extreme sport. Whether you're trying to get that last smear of ketchup out of the bottle, make your cell phone last longer or find a second use for an old terra-cotta pot saucer, this book will explain how. Written in a cozy style, it covers every room in the house as well as outdoor sports and hobbies, lawn and garden, the home workshop and motor vehicles of all sorts. Got some old gardening gloves? Reuse the fingers to cover scissor points or make tiny drawstring bags. This book has Make It Last tips to maximize an item's life span, Fix It Fast tips for repairing in a hurry and Pass It Along tips to get rid of stuff you don't want but can't bear to throw away. For the truly fanatical, each chapter has a Domestic Challenge quiz. Just about anyone will find many of these ingenious, imaginative and practical hints useful, but with suggestions like saving old bath rugs for moving heavy appliances, readers trying to simplify their lives with feng shui may want to pass on this one. (Dec.)
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"* "This densely packed compendium from Yankee magazine takes recycling to the level of extreme sport. Whether you're trying to get that last smear of ketchup out of the bottle, make your cell phone last longer or find a second use for an old terra-cotta pot saucer, this book will explain how. Written in a cozy style, it covers every room in the house as well as outdoor sports and hobbies, lawn and garden, the home workshop and motor vehicles of all sorts." Publishers Weekly"

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Haven't read very much, but learned a lot from what I did read so far.
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Originally, I had almost decided not to read the book any further, having, by chance, come across one of these sections when I first opened the book.
Nora Cahill
Interesting "encyclopedia" for dealing with "junk" that probably has something for everybody!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on March 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
Landfills in the US are full to bursting, and the economy is heading into a recession. How can one person make a difference? Lori Baird and the editors of Yankee Magazine have the answers in Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last.

This comprehensive book addresses the items in every room in the house, plus outdoors. Want to make your appliances last longer? Tips and tricks help you keep them running in top shape for as long as possible. Has something reached the end of its useful life? Then re-purpose it. With a little creativity, you can find many more ways it can be used.

Proper wood cleaning techniques and solutions are explained, designed to keep your furniture in great condition. And if your wood furniture has already suffered neglect, don't despair. It can be given new life with some nifty cosmetic touch-ups.

There are times when an item is simply beyond repair, or has become too expensive to operate. "Fix-it or Forget-it" tips show you when it's time to simply let go. And fun quizzes test your domestic know-how.

Don't Throw It Out has changed the way I look at my home. It's so easy to implement the suggestions, and it feels great to know I'm conserving energy and creating less waste. One person really can make a difference. Pick up a copy and you can, too. The planet will thank you.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By critters VINE VOICE on September 29, 2008
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This book is certainly idea-packed! Some of them I like, like making critter toys from old toothbrushes (although I'll leave the bristles on) and making fitted sheets out of flat ones (an idea I'd considered before, although I hadn't worked out all the details). Some, however, I wouldn't do, like seriously skimping on laundry soap; my grandma did that, believing that soap fades clothes, and her laundry reeked. I wonder, though, why there was no mention of Freecycle as a means for getting rid of unwanted stuff? I couldn't believe it wasn't in there and even looked in the index, but no. I find Freecycle to be invaluable for both giving and receiving old stuff.

Interesting "encyclopedia" for dealing with "junk" that probably has something for everybody!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nora Cahill on April 2, 2008
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Lori Baird and the editors of Yankee Magazine have compiled a helpful and informative guide for 'planet friendly' use of common household items. I remember reading a similar earlier publication by the company and appreciated this updated book. I did, however, find a few of the 'Domestic Challenge' sections, included at the end of each chapter, annoying and confusing. Having to consider a few fictitious ideas interspersed among many worthwhile ones doesn't work at all for me. Originally, I had almost decided not to read the book any further, having, by chance, come across one of these sections when I first opened the book. But Baird's inclusion of so many unique, interesting, and tried and true ideas kept me reading to the end, after I started at the beginning. The book is nicely formatted and contains a wealth of suggestions and directives, an appendix with many resources, and an easy-to-use index.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie VINE VOICE on July 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew and Reuse to Make Things Last, by Lori Baird, is terrific! I imagine anyone who is environmentally aware knows of the three R's--reduce, reuse, recycle--this book adds renew for a twist.

The book covers virtually everything inside and outside the home. For example, the kitchen, chapter one, addresses everything from how to get the most efficient life out of your appliances to elongating the life of food. That's the practical side of the book.

Then there are the creative aspects--the renewing. Have an old wood table that is beyond fixing the marred surface? No problem--make a tile top!

Baird recommends purchasing only well made furniture, because good quality furniture will last forever, thus keeping it out of landfill. There are great tips on the signs to look for in quality furniture. For example,"5 signs a chair will wear well."

In the lawn and garden accessories, "15 Ways to Reuse an Old Garden Hose" is a winner! who knew? (Next time, buy a quality hose, is the sage advice.)

This book is just loaded with practical and creative tips, projects and advice. For those new to the environmentally-friendly lifestyle, this book could change your life. For those seasoned tree-huggers, Don't Throw it Out will still provide tons of new and useful information.

A winner!

By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Birdie on August 22, 2010
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This is a great book. Has so very much information pertaining to every room in the house, sports, lawn and cars. Too many to pick a few great tips to pass on, but highly recommend purchasing, especially with the low cost of the book. Should pay for itself in no time. Haven't read very much, but learned a lot from what I did read so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelli A. Livingstone on January 30, 2010
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This book is a must have, it is full of great ideas to reduce, reuse and recycle. In this economy it is essential to be able to find more than one use for things and this book teaches you to do just that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam S. Boryca on August 25, 2009
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I'm a real pack rat, so this book was right up my alley. Just love it.
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