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6/7/11 1:40 A

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Recycle everything that you can, paper,plastic,glass, aluminum,cardboard,clothes

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6/6/11 9:48 P

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An empty wine bottle makes for a great rolling pin if you don't already have one. :) They also make cute bookends for cookbooks and such in the kitchen.

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6/2/11 1:23 A

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I recycle almost everything. What we dont eat, the chickens get, and what they dont eat goes into the compost pile..I try to keep the trash to an all time low. Saves us money, and saves the dumps sites as well...

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6/1/11 11:13 A

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Eggshells are great for starting seedlings out, and they can be planted right into the ground when ready, the eggshells help nourish the soil.
I used excess material to make a plastic bag holder, cute, and keeps things all together.
Crayon stubs can be melted down (use muffin tin with liner) and reused for the little hands learning to color, they're easy to hold, and turn out in interesting patterns.
Twigs and such can be used for a rustic looking picture frame.
Baskets are always reusable, think about hanging them instead of placing them around the house. Think ceiling, by hooks, hang lower using ribbon/twine/chain, whatever matches your house. Different heights make it interesting. I have an old 50's refrigerator basket hanging on the wall in my bathroom that holds my hair things.

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6/8/09 8:26 P

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2 lt soda bottles are part of my pet watering system so I filter water and fill them, refrigerate or freeze for summer. Juice bottles I keep my filtered water in. I don't buy soda anymore.

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6/7/09 6:31 P

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We also use jars for drinking glasses! (We actually buy a certain mustard partly because the jars makes very practical and pretty milk glasses.) I made night doublers for my cloth diapers from a badly stained towel, a free air-plane fleece blanket and some old flannel flats. Large plastic soda-bottles are great for homemade cleaning products like home-made fabric-softener (1 part 35% vinegar, 8 parts water and a few drops tea-tree oil.)

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5/30/09 8:23 A

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I have a "pink" bag that's green from victoria's secret came to my daughter at her baby shower but the rest came same as yours. I used to carry them as handbags. They last forever. I have pill bottles for different screws and sized nails. Jars for vases and drinking glasses. Bottles for my herbal vinegars.

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5/30/09 8:08 A

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I use the cloth logo bags I've received at the myriad seminars and medical conventions I've had to attend over the years for grocery bags..keep them in the car handy, grab a stack when i go in the store. They're canvas mostly or duck, so washable, and started out as employee appreciation tokens or advertising for medical supply company's and drug companies so I didn't purchase them. Saves a tree, repurposes something I had too many of, and avoids petroleum.

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5/30/09 6:33 A

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I also use my coffee containers for keeping seed packets separated or for items in the garage (nails, screws, etc.) I'm a teacher, so the toilet paper/paper towel rolls and any plastic bottles that may straggle in go to school with me for craft projects. I keep glass jars and their lids to put gifts like bath salts and baking items in around Christmas time. Everyone has some great ideas for other things though, keep them coming!

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5/28/09 6:35 P

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I went out and bought a box of tissues because I've been wondering what to put my trash bags in. I use the tissues to pick up dog poop.

Thanks for the ideas, RASLALIQUE. Some I've been using but some are new I will try!

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5/25/09 11:08 P

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I like to sew so I save zippers, buttons and other findings from clothes that are too worn to donate then I use the fabric to stuff pillows, clean with or make other things from. Sometimes I use the items as patterns for making clothing in the future.

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5/22/09 1:02 P

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I use tissue boxes to hold the few plastic shopping bags I do get that I use for cat litter... although I am trying to use more bio-bags instead, but w/ 4 cats, it's difficult.

I also keep the large 30 gallon buckets from cat litter to use as buckets around the house...

I use jars to organize my scrapbooking supplies...


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WILLAMLC's Photo WILLAMLC Posts: 40,401
5/18/09 10:55 A

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Yesterday we went grocery shopping and we did not have enough bags. I just bought a couple of them from the store (Publix). Sometimes I do that...

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5/18/09 9:49 A

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That's great to get some free pots!
I have 2 bags that fold up very compact that I keep in my purse. Maybe look for something like that? I bought mine at a clothing store.

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5/17/09 7:14 P

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Argh! I keep forgetting my cloth bags when I go out. My daughter won't let me keep them in her car because they smell like incense or patchouli or something. But more trash bags for me!

I went to the county garden sale Saturday and bought some herb plants. They have a bin to recycle plant pots and I jump right in and repurposed a bunch. Took my broken ones there for recycle.

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WILLAMLC's Photo WILLAMLC Posts: 40,401
5/15/09 8:31 A

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Mel, I was lucky. I went to college in a very small city, where the "commuting" could be done by bike. So During my college years I did everything that came to my mind. it was great! I was super busy, but it was a great time. I have good memories (and nice pics) from that time...

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5/15/09 8:09 A

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Nothing wrong with that William!



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I had my moments! LOL

I can also crochet, do cross point and quilt.

I can (could?) dance classic ballet, Jazz and a bit of tap dance.

Oh! let's not forget I was (once upon a time) and actor and did some catwalk on my days.. LOL

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5/14/09 8:36 P

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You are a man of many talents william! emoticon

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5/14/09 8:44 A

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I used to Knit. I haven't done it in over a decade....

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5/13/09 6:22 P

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great ideas everyone!

I love the yarn tip! I don't knit, but if I do in the future I'll remember that one.

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I use cloth bags but SOMETIMES for some reason we get a plastic bag - we of course repurpose those as trash bags or whatever else and to store those I use baby wipe containers. I also use the big cans that formula comes in to store my kitchen grease until I take it to be recycled at the center and also to store my kitchen waste until I can get it to the outdoor bin. I save every paper towel roll, baby jar, etc. for a local art center because they have summer classes for kids and can use all of that for projects. I also save all packing material, boxes, etc. and take them to a local mailing center (called PackMail - I'm not sure if it's just local or a chain?) and they re-use materials for sending off packages. That's all I can think of right now.

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Great idea! My knit/crocheting usually has more pet hair than yarn!

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I like to knit/crochet so I clean the larger plastic containers with lids, drill a hole in the lid, and put the yarn in them. I use the hole as the yarn feed. Keep the yarn tangle and pet hair free.

Save jelly jars, baby food jars, anything with a lid and use them for holding nuts, bolts, washers, beads, etc.

Keep sharing! Love the suggestions.

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I have to confess I am not very good at this. But you guys geve me some very interesting ideas....

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5/8/09 9:40 A

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Toilet paper tubes can also be used for cord organization in the home.

I use glass jars and containers for my bulk items in my pantry. It keeps the area relatively tidy since I shop from bulk bins a good deal.

Mesh netting that fruit or veggies can come in can wrap over sponges to make them a little more effective on pots. I use the compostable sponges for this.

Recently the I saw The City of Denver had a display fro their resource use departments and they had a great display to consider what goes in your shopping cart in terms of where the packaging will end up once you use the product.

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5/8/09 8:11 A

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My coffee cans are reused for storying seed packs.

I save spray bottles. They're good for parts when a sprayer breaks or I make an organic mix to spray on plants.

Tea cans are repurposed for spice cans. Other spice jars I use to give gifts of my homegrown herbs.

Covered candle jars are my canisters and pantry storage cantainers.

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5/7/09 10:54 P

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Hi Gang!

I have been reading blogs on frugality and organization, etc. Recently there have been some cool ideas posted to encourage us to think about what we are throwing away and how we can repurpose things. I thought maybe we could share ideas for re-using/repurposing our things.

Here are a few I'd like to share:

Keep plastic lettuce containers for planting seedlings, or transporting baked goods. Clear containers like this are great for storing crafting items etc,

Yesterday I was baking and emptied 2 cocoa containers which I was going to throw away until I gave it a little though. Instead I washed them well and put them aside to use as a container for a gift such as homemade bits n bits or truffles etc. I'm simply glue some pretty paper on the outside to repurpose them.

One blog suggested wrapping tea boxes in pretty paper for storing items or using as a gift box.

Toilet paper rolls can be used for starting seeds too.

Wet newspaper makes a good weed barrier under mulch (I'm going to try that one this week!)

My husband has a ton of antacid jars in his workshop for storing nails etc. They are all the same size so it makes for a tidy work area.

I keep my glass honey jars for storing grains & baking supplies.

What do you do?

Edited by: TURBOMEL at: 5/7/2009 (22:55)
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