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Live greener and repurpose your trash

A guide by Y. McCloskey "booklover918"
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Find Another Use for That Trash

Scott Toilet Paper, 1000 One-Ply Tissues - 20 Rolls
Stuff a pair of nylons inside and store in your desk drawer at work for emergencies.
Use in the bathroom/on your dresser to keep hair accessories organized - put ponytail holders around the outside, clip bobby pins or barrettes to the the top or bottom.

Cheerios Cereal, 14 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Cut the empty box into the proper shape for a magazine holder and cover with contact paper or scrapbooking supplies to decorate. Use to store magazines, papers, files, etc. on your desktop.

Altoids Curiously Strong Mints, Cinnamon, 1.76-Ounce Tins (Pack of 12)
These tins are so useful! They make a great travel sewing kit or travel first aid kit, pill or medicine holder for your purse, storage for toothpicks in your car or purse, or even a great waterproof holder for your digital camera memory cards.

Masterpiece Studios 7897 Heaven & Nature Green- 14 Cards & 14 Envelopes
This is a 2-in-1. Buy holiday and greeting cards made from recycled paper, then use them again in creative ways.
Cut out pictures from the front of used Christmas cards to use as gift tags (as long as there is no writing on the back).
Cut out attractive or funny pictures from the front of greeting cards and use as environmentally sound bookmarks.

Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Cereals - Apple Vanilla Mixed Grain - 3.5 oz - 16 pk
These containers are great!
Use to hold paper clips, rubber bands and thumb tacks in your desk.
Organize your garage or basement by dividing up the screws, nails and washers lying around and putting in these.
Use in the bathroom to hold safety pins, extra buttons or bobby pins.
Fill with water, freeze and use to help keep lunchboxes cold.

Seventh Generation Paper Towels, Natural, (30 Rolls) (Packaging may vary)
Unbleached and recycled content is best if you can get them. Once the towels are done, find a use for the cardboard tube inside.
Wrap up extension cords and tuck them inside or wind Christmas lights around the inside of the tube to prevent them from tangling.

Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz
By cutting off the top third of these plastic jugs and retaining the handle you can make yourself a handy scoop, perfect for pet food or sprinkling salt on sidewalks in the winter.

Yoplait Yogurt Strawberry Light, 6-Ounce Cups (Pack of 12)
You can reuse those yogurt cups! Use to start your plant seedlings indoors before the weather is warm enough to plant outside.
If you have a popsicle craving, indulge, then clean the wooden stick thoroughly and label to mark where your seedlings are.

Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce - 3/45oz
Sure you can recycle these jars, but there are plenty of other great uses for them too. Use to store leftover soups in your fridge, make refrigerator pickles or decorate and create gifts of soup or cookie mixes.

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes with easy open top, 64 count packs (pack of 12) (768 wipes)
First of all, it's cheaper (and ultimately easier) to buy the container once then buy the huge refill packs afterwards. But when you do have extra wipe containers hanging around the house, there are several other things you can do with them.
My favorite uses are to turn them into a first aid kit or for holding crayons, markers or pencils.
You can also use to set up a "cold care kit". Grab a can of your most comforting soup, add a box of jello, a jar of Vick's, lip balm, and throat lozenges so you can just grab it when you're feeling under the weather.

Ampad Envirotec 100% Recycled Business Envelopes, # 10, 22 Pound Paper, Gummed Closure, V-Flap, 500 Per Box (19702)
Use recycled content when possible for your mailing needs.
For envelopes that YOU receive in the mail, open with a letter opener for a clean edge and use to store coupons and receipts or for jotting down lists or phone messages.

Botanic Blue Teacup and Saucer Set
Mismatched teacups can be sold at yard sales but they're also great as bathroom sink storage solutions. Use to hold cotton balls or QTips, or for storing tweezers and makeup brushes.

Kleenex Facial Tissue, White, (200 Tissues)
The empty box is a great pop-up dispenser for storing spare plastic grocery sacks.

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Old shoelaces can be reused too. Discard the torn or ragged parts and use to string spare washers in the tool box, use as plant supports in the garden or keep in your first aid kit as an emergency tourniquet.

Nestle Bottled Water 16.9oz Per Bottle, 24 Bottle Case (Brand Varies By Region)
Before you recycle, consider filling part way with water and freezing for a helpful ice pack for coolers and lunch boxes.

Folgers Special Roast Ground Coffee, 34.5-oz Can (Pack of 2)
Once the coffee is gone, punch a hole in the lid to make a bank or attach to a length of rope for a pair of kid-friendly stilts.


When You're Replacing Old/Broken Household Goods

Martex Super Soft Fleece Full/Queen Blanket, Linen
Got old blankets or towels that you're replacing? Don't throw out those old, stained and holey ones! The SPCA loves when people donate these items for the animals they care for.

Rubbermaid Home 296585WHT Laundry Basket
If you need to replace your current laundry basket due to a broken handle or something, you can still get some use out it. Pop it in the trunk of your car to contain groceries and prevent spilling.

Maytex No More Mildew Shower Curtain Liner, Clear, 72" x 72"
Need a new shower curtain liner? Don't toss that old one! You can use it to cover the floor whenever you're painting a room or to protect the floor by a door during really wet weather. (I used one to protect my car seats on the way to the hospital when I was pregnant and my water broke.)

Pecoware Thomas Side Kick Lunch Box Set
When your kid outgrows that old lunch box, don't throw it out - reuse it!
These make great first aid kits (be sure to mark them clearly) or even sewing kits.

Art Alternatives Wood Box Pencil Easel
Your child no longer needs a pencil box? Turn it into a coupon holder for you, or use to arrange sauce and seasoning packets in your cupboard or pantry.

Oneida Mooncrest 45-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 8
If you've got old, mismatched pieces of flatware you can re-use them! Keep the knives and use them when taking treats in to work - you won't have to worry about them getting lost or misplaced. Any spare forks can be used as seed packet holders in your garden - stick the handle end into the ground and weave the seed packet through the fork tines - so you always know what you planted.


Make Your Own Products (that are less harmful to the environment)
These sort of recipes are all over the internet. They work well, save you money and are chemically kinder to the environment.

Delta Sprayers 82413-32 24oz 3pk Spray Bottles (Cap Colors May Vary)
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar 16 oz
Church & Dwight #01110 16oz Arm & Hammer
Make your own glass and countertop cleaner.

Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz.
20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster, 76 oz (Pack of 4)
Ivory Simply Bar Soap, 10 Count, 4.5-Ounces Packages (Pack of 4)
Make your own laundry detergent! Works just as well and saves money. I store mine in meticulously cleaned used gallon milk jugs.


Other Things You Can Do

Aurora AS890C 8-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper/Credit Card Shredder with Basket
This is a no-brainer. Not only will this reduce your chances of identity fraud, but you can use the shreds to pack around gifts so they won't break or rattle and for shipping (instead of styrofoam peanuts).

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.)
Stop buying new! Purchase used books through library sales, consignment shops, half.com or yard sales. When you're done with a book, you can sell it yourself or donate to a library in your area.
This also goes for DVDs, video games and CDs.

DOLCE & GABBANA D&G 5013 062 METAL EYEGLASSES
Don't throw out those old prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses! There are so many places where you can donate them - check your local grocery store or eye doctor's office. Usually they're given to charity for people who can't afford corrective eyewear.

BAGGU Reusable Shopping Tote - 3-Pack
These are great to keep in your glove box in the car for quick trips to the store.
If you don't have these (or don't happen to have them with you), try to find other uses for the plastic sacks the store gives you. Obviously they're great for small trash bags but they also work well for containing smelly diaper messes. Plus, most grocery stores will accept them for reusing any may even give you a couple cents per bag that you bring in.

Motorola RAZR V3 Unlocked Phone with Camera, and Video Player--International Version with No Warranty (Black)
When you're ready to replace that old cell phone, please donate it to a local charity. Many places provide battered women with cell phones for emergency situations so they can be quite useful, even if the technology is outdated.

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Going short? If you're getting your hair cut, consider arranging to donate your unwanted hair to Locks of Love for cancer patients.

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Got unwanted clothes? These are some of the easiest things to repurpose.
Donate to local charities or clothes bins, sell through ebay or yard sales, cut into dust cloths, use for Halloween costumes or children's dressing up or cut up and turn into a beautiful quilt.

Algreen Products Soil Saver Classic Compost bin
Compost is the ultimate in recycling! Not only do you get to reuse your garbage but you get the bonus of fertile soil for flowers or plants from doing it!

Good Housekeeping (1-year)
If you subscribe to magazines, try to find other ways to reuse them. Donate them to your doctor's office, take them into work to pass around, or give them to your child's day care center for crafts.

Reusable Gift Bags, Medium, 6 Pack (Red)
Simple enough - gift bags are reusable, better than wrapping paper that gets thrown out.


Books to Read, Documentaries to Watch

An Inconvenient Truth
Blue Vinyl: The World's First Toxic Comedy
No Impact Man
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Food, Inc.
Human Footprint
Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (P.S.)
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash
Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Bk Currents)

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Find Another Use for That Trash
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4.  Masterpiece Studios 7897 Heaven & Nature Green- 14 Cards & 14 Envelopes  by Masterpiece Studios
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5.  Gerber Organic 2nd Foods Cereals - Apple Vanilla Mixed Grain - 3.5 oz - 16 pk  by Gerber
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6.  Seventh Generation Paper Towels, Natural, (30 Rolls) (Packaging may vary)  by Seventh Generation
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7.  Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz  by Tuscan
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8.  Yoplait Yogurt Strawberry Light, 6-Ounce Cups (Pack of 12)  by Yoplait
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9.  Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce - 3/45oz  by Ragu
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10.  Seventh Generation Free & Clear Baby Wipes with easy open top, 64 count packs (pack of 12) (768 wipes)  by Seventh Generation
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11.  Ampad Envirotec 100% Recycled Business Envelopes, # 10, 22 Pound Paper, Gummed Closure, V-Flap, 500 Per Box (19702)  by Esselte
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12.  Botanic Blue Teacup and Saucer Set  by Portmeirion
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13.  Kleenex Facial Tissue, White, (200 Tissues)  by Kleenex
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14.  Nestle Bottled Water 16.9oz Per Bottle, 24 Bottle Case (Brand Varies By Region) [Import]  by Nestle Water North America
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15.  Folgers Special Roast Ground Coffee, 34.5-oz Can (Pack of 2)  by Folgers
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When You're Replacing Old/Broken Household Goods
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17.  Rubbermaid Home 296585WHT Laundry Basket  by Rubbermaid
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18.  Maytex No More Mildew Shower Curtain Liner, Clear, 72" x 72"  by MAYTEX
$12.56 Used & New from: $10.80
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19.  Pecoware Thomas Side Kick Lunch Box Set  by Pecoware
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20.  Art Alternatives Wood Box Pencil Easel  by MacPherson
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21.  Oneida Mooncrest 45-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 8  by Oneida
$68.50 Used & New from: $56.44
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Make Your Own Products (that are less harmful to the environment)
22.  Delta Sprayers 82413-32 24oz 3pk Spray Bottles (Cap Colors May Vary)  by Liquid Fence
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23.  Heinz Distilled White Vinegar 16 oz  by Heinz
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24.  Church & Dwight #01110 16oz Arm & Hammer  by Church & Dwight
$4.77 Used & New from: $0.97
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25.  Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz.  by Arm & Hammer
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26.  20 Mule Team Borax Natural Laundry Booster, 76 oz (Pack of 4) 
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27.  Ivory Simply Bar Soap, 10 Count, 4.5-Ounces Packages (Pack of 4)  by Ivory
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29.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.) [Deckle Edge]  by Betty Smith
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33.  Algreen Products Soil Saver Classic Compost bin  by Algreen Products Inc.
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Books to Read, Documentaries to Watch
36.  An Inconvenient Truth [Color] [Widescreen] [NTSC]  DVD ~ Al Gore
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38.  No Impact Man [Multiple Formats] [AC-3] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Colin Beavan
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39.  The Real Dirt on Farmer John [Multiple Formats] [Color] [NTSC]  DVD ~ John Peterson
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40.  Who Killed the Electric Car? [Multiple Formats] [AC-3] [Color] [Dolby] [NTSC] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Martin Sheen
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41.  Food, Inc. [Multiple Formats] [AC-3] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [Dolby] [Dubbed] [NTSC] [Subtitled] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Eric Schlosser
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42.  Human Footprint [Multiple Formats] [Closed-captioned] [Color] [NTSC] [Widescreen]  DVD ~ Elizabeth Vargas
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43.  Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (P.S.)  by Eric Brende
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