Reuse

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Before we even as much as consider recycling an item we should look to see if we can reuse it Reusing uses far less energy – more often than not zero energy – than does recycling and it can save money too, our own money! Many items can be reused – from carrier bags and clothes, through to books and furniture. jars and bottles can be reused to store homemade jams and pickles.

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Reuse and Repair

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Half a century ago, we were a thriving culture of reuse and repair. Reuse and repair also was – out of necessity – the order of the day in the GDR and most products were made in such a way that they lasted and that they could be repaired, by the user often even in more or less simple DIY, and it was also the same case still in the West until about the 1980s or so.

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The reuse economy or reuse sector

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia thinks, as does the department, that the reuse sector, both the nonprofit and the for-profit sector, are key to moving forward with regards to a New York City's “zero-waste” drive. Compared to the heavy duty world of urban waste collection in New York, the reuse sector can seem quite esoteric. green living repurpose repurposing reuse reuse economy reuse sector upcycling waste management

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Reuse Economy

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is not about reusing the economy but about an economy of reuse rather. Reusing what we have and this reuse can, does and will take many different forms. In the main the reuse economy will operate at home and in the community and it is about what it says on the tin; reusing. There are different kinds of reuse that form part of the reuse economy. That is the first part of the reuse economy.

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Reusing silica gel packets

Green (Living) Review

While they are not edible – please don't try – they can be reused in several ways. The majority just toss those packets out but there are many ways in which we can actually reuse them. Although silica gel has massive potential for reuse, there do not seem to be an recyclers, commercial ones I mean, that are prepared to, well, recycle it. I tend to keep them, whatever the size, for future reuse. green living green living tips making do reuse

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Reuse vs recycle

Green Living Tips

The recycling movement has gathered plenty of steam in recent years which is wonderful, but is the recycling wave encouraging many of us to consume more instead of reusing

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… and Refuse!

Living Green & Saving Energy

green living how to go green saving energy saving money saving water sustainability 3Rs recycle reduce reuse The concepts of green products and being eco-friendly and eco-conscious have been popularized, and are used successfully in marketing “green” products. But the next step is more responsible eco-consumerism, as Jacquie Ottman examines in her book “The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding.”

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Glass jar reuse

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) OK, I know, I keep repeating myself harping on about the reuse, repurposing and upcycling of glass jars (packaging waste) but it would appear that there are many who still have not gotten the message and toss most of those jars into the recycling bin (if they can even be bothered to do that). That is the way our grandparents and their parents saw this for sure and that is why they reused every one of them that they possibly could reuse.

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Reuse Week

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A National Reuse Week or an International Reuse Week is what we need. However, the focus is far too much on recycling and the mantra has become recycle, recycle more and then recycle more still, without considering the reuse option even. This is a proposal to put reuse (repurposing and upcycling) firmly on a pedestal and center stage and make it into one of the main players in, and pillars of, waste management, as it should be.

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Reusing and upcycling tin cans

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many food products and produce still come in tin cans of various sizes and while they, the tins, are – mostly – completely recyclables, as they are – predominately – steel, they also lend themselves extremely well for reuse and for upcycling. Reuse and upcycling of them came in many ways from the simple reuse of a can as s coop for chicken feed, for example, to more elaborate conversions. They also make an instant statement of a reuse mindset.

The repair, reuse and upcycling economy

Green (Living) Review

But reuse and upcycling should and must also be and become part of this economy. In the reuse sector we would have the secondhand stores, charity shops and even flea markets and car boot sales. In addition to repair, as said, we need to also accommodate the other parts, that is to say reuse and upcycling, into the economy and also, maybe, the teaching of repair, reuse and upcycling as part of that economy.

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Reducing, Recycling and Reusing Can Be Fun

Living Green & Saving Energy

that can be challenge to reuse or [.]. recycling reduce waste reuse recycle recycling car parts save money I write a lot about ways to live green and save money. But somewhere it can also be fun. One item that can generate a lot waste is an automobile. Old cars contain a lot of metal, plastic, and rubber (sometimes leather if you have high end car!)

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Recycling And Reusing Greeting Cards

Green Living Tips

of them with your household waste, but they can also be reused Do you have a stash of greeting cards - Xmas, birthday, or whatever occasion - that you really don't want to keep any more? The recycling bin is certainly a greener option. than disposing.

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Reuse and Reduce

Green Home Blog

Reuse and Reduce! So much of what we throw away doesn’t need to end up in the trash: food waste can be composted, materials like plastics and metals can be recycled, and many products like clothes and appliances can be reused. So while it might seem easier to toss your garbage in the can, Greenhome wants you to work on finding ways to recycle and reuse the stuff we all throw away every day. 5 Easy Ways to Reuse Every Day. Tagged: compost , recycled , reduse , reuse.

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Jellied Eel Tub Reuse

Green (Living) Review

Yes, it is plastic but it is total reuse. This must be one of the best reuse “projects” I have ever undertaken considering the time this tub has now been living and it will go on living and doing its duty, so at least I hope, for many, many more years to come. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is probably the most often used item in my kitchen armory and I have only just realized – honest – that it is.

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Reusing plastic utensils in the garden

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Reusing plastic utensils (flatware) in the garden (and elsewhere) by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Don't toss those plastic knives, forks and spoons. However, if you have to use plastic utensils there are ways that you can reuse them instead of just tossing them out after eating one meal. gardening gardening hacks gardening tips green living green living tips plastic cutlery repurposing reuse reusing

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Reuse ideas for plastic frozen food bags

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I am one of those people who take reuse and all what is related to that to another dimension at times, as regular readers will know, and I do, yes, tend to keep those bags from frozen food. They are, after all, quite strong “little” plastic bags and have great reuse potential and reusing them can keep them out of the waste stream for longer.

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Bag It Up + Reuse

Green (Living) Review

As part of our Bag It Up + Reuse! How it works After the government introduced the 5p plastic bag charge for large shops and supermarkets, we wanted find a way to help customers of smaller shops reuse their bags. Why is bag reuse important? project, we’re giving away free reusable bags across north London. You can then pledge to use it and you'll be entered into a prize draw! Find out more and help waste less, and save more money too.

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Reuse in the garden

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I know, we have, basically, been here the other day but nevertheless there are other things aside from the gallon buckets and such that can find a reuse in the garden. Those are just a few thoughts and ideas about reuse in the garden. Working as a groundsman in a municipal park we come across some flytipped things every now and then and I like to make sure that nothing has to go to the tip that does not need to and that includes shopping carts.

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From plastic lotion bottle to tool holster (Reuse Recipe)

Green (Living) Review

belt holsters green living green living tips plastic plastic bottles pocket protectors reuse reuse recipe upcyclingby Michael Smith (Veshengro) Those plastic bottles that held hand lotion, or sun lotion, or the larger ones that held cleaning product of one kind or other, lend themselves very nicely to be upcycled into belt pouches/holsters for small tools like secateurs, etc. And it does not just have to be lotion bottles.

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Choosing to Reuse

Green Home Blog

Choosing to Reuse. One of the better “green” books to come on the market is Choose to Reuse by Nikki & David Goldbeck. A little dated, since it was first published in 1995, the content remains useful largely because the book’s central premise is that reusing is better than recycling. As the Goldbecks explain it, reusing is any activity that lengthens the life of an item. The first, and one of the most obvious, is reusing bathroom towels.

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Reuse and children

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) No, we are not going to reuse children. Most children are better, it seems, in the reuse department than many adults to day are. Children seem to see the reuse potential of an object of waste where many an adult seems to struggle. Children seem to recognize reuse in things where many grownups can only think of the recycling bin.

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Don’t Throw That Out! Reduce, Reuse, Repair!

Living Green & Saving Energy

how to go green recycling reduce waste reuse saving money recycle reduce repair three Rs Americans produce around 250 million tons of trash a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. But between the state of the economy and the growing awareness of the environmental costs of our consumer culture, more and more people are thinking twice before tossing that busted lawn mower or lamp into the garbage. There’s a [.].

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Finding the Use in ReUse

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Our ancestors were very adept in finding the use in reuse, so to speak, and it came rather natural to them, and this includes especially items of waste. I look for a possible reuse in everything that I come across and not just waste that I encounter in the home. Not more than a couple of months prior to this find and reuse I came across an almost new IKEA coffee table in the same dumpster which now serves me as a table for my laminator in the “office”.

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Reuse and Upcycling of Plastic Packaging

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) As much as we may wish to avoid plastic (in our lives) the fact remains – at least for the foreseeable future – that it is with us, especially as far as packaging containers are concerned, and thus reuse and upcycling of those is better than any other solution. Thus the greener option by far is reuse and recycling before we even as much as think of the recycling bin and tossing those things into it. plastic packaging reuse upcycling

Scythe sharpening stone carrier – Reuse Recipe

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reuse scythe upcyclingby Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Austrian scythe, unlike the old English scythe and the standard German and American ones, is sharpened wet with a “flat” stone and water and, as resharpening is done every five or ten minutes during work, and the stone or stones should be kept wet, thus a means of carrying stone or stones in water is required.

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Reuse before composting

Green (Living) Review

Instead of composting fruits and vegetables immediately, there are ways that you can give them a final reuse before tossing them to be turned into great garden soil. Reuse is also most beneficial in other quarters and not just as regards to compostable household waste. reuse composting upcyclingBy Michael Smith (Veshengro) Do you know your bin is full of reusable refuse?

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Reuse: The stepchild of waste management (in our homes)

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) For some peculiar reason, despite the fact that the 3Rs of waste management are “reduce, reuse, recycle” most people and even governments only seem to understand them as being “recycle, recycle, recycle” and reuse is, literally, being ignored like a poor stepchild or orphan. They are reused or, if one wants, repurposed; not recycled. A resource for reuse and upcycling. So, let's get reuse out of the orphanage and give it a loving home.

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Absolut Vodka Salt Shaker – Reuse Recipe

Green (Living) Review

Reuse/Upcycling Recipe by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Salt (and pepper) shakers made by upcycling Absolut Vodka bottles of this kind can, in fact, be bought at some outlets online and elsewhere. green living green living tips reuse upcycling But, why buy when you can make it yourself?

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Eco-friendly storage in the home by reuse and repurposing

Green (Living) Review

It doesn’t matter whether you need extra space in the bathroom, or you need a way to organize pan lids in the kitchen, there are lots of clever and unique ways to reuse everyday household items you already have, and items of “waste”, to create fantastic new storage solutions. Anything that could be used for storing things in one way or shape was reused; shoe-boxes, glass jars, tins of various kinds, wooden crates and boxes, cardboard boxes, etc. repurposing reuse storage

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The politics of recycling vs reusing

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The politics of recycling vs reusing and the deliberate confusing of the two On the left of the picture you see what recycling of glass looks like. On the right, now that is reuse. Time and again we see reuse being called recycling and while it seems a common and seemingly simple mistake there are a myriad of daily examples where reuse is called recycling. Reuse does not require new materials.

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Should You Reuse Plastic Water Bottles?

Green Furniture Home Design

Many people spend a lot of money on plastic water bottles each year, so it’s only natural for those of us who do to want to reuse them. But is reusing plastic water bottles good for our health? One of the main concerns when reusing a plastic water bottle is the build-up of bacteria on the bottle. Another concern many have in regard to reusing plastic water bottles is how the bottle’s chemicals will react to elements such as heat and cold.

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Let he who has not reused material cast the first stone

Environmental Economics

Nevertheless, from Retraction Watch: A former Harvard economist and co-founder of a massive repository of free papers in social sciences has been accused of reusing similar material over multiple papers. Read the rest here:  Famous Harvard economist reused parts of 2002 paper multiple times, says journal

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Why reuse a cup?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people think that carrying and using a reusable coffee mug or cup won't matter. But the truth is rather staggering for it does. Americans use 25 billion, that's 25 with an awful lot of zeros behind and I don't even know how many, paper cups each year and that adds up to 363 million pounds of waste and the “loss” of more than 9 million trees. And that is just Americans. Add to that Brits, Germans, Australians, etc.,

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25 Ways to Reuse an Old Yoga Mat.

Elephant Journal

Featured Events Green Health & Wellness Yoga creativity jade yoga old yoga mat recycling reuseBuying a brand new nontoxic yoga mat is a good idea. But it leaves us with the dilema of finding a creative way to keep our old yoga mat out of the landfill.

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Reuse Your Tea Bags!

Environmental News Network

Kelly Vaghenas for Green Prophet reports on 13 surprising green ways to reuse tea bags. To read the other seven ways to reuse tea bags, see Green Prophet. As an avid tea drinker, I was intrigued when I stumbled upon a variety of sources that promoted the eco-friendly use of tea bags , outside the teacup. Arthur W. Pinero, an Englishman, of course, said, “Where there’s tea, there’s hope.” That’s definitely true. Brewed tea bags can provide a pick-me-up in ways you’d least expect.

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Think reuse and repurpose always first

Green (Living) Review

But reuse is before recycle on the list and we must think reuse and, as said, and thus really we might need a fourth “R”, repurpose before recycle, if reuse is not a possible option. Our ancestors, our great-grandparents and our grandparents, in many cases even our parents, were masters in reusing and repurposing and the majority of them looked at each and every item of waste – often – several times before ever tossing it out.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Match

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It's a fabulous concept and ultimately aims to get people reusing, trading, re-purposing and repairing before purchasing something new, or sending it to landfill. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Recycle Match is one of those ideas that should have existed ages ago. Recycle Match is a web-based service that let's companies who have an excess of of no longer used or needed materials, sell them away to people or organizations who can make good use of the waste.

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The ReUse People of America Launches National 2012 ReUse Contest

Green (Living) Review

California-based non-profit expands its “deconstruct and reuse” in first national contest, showcasing innovative projects built predominantly from used materials normally sent to landfills OAKLAND, CA, May 2012 : The ReUse People of America, Inc. TRP), announced its Fourth Annual and First National Reuse Contest for projects built out of primarily used materials that have been completed within the last 12 months.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: What Do the Three Rs Mean?

Greentumble

Reduce, reuse and recycle is a battle. Reversing the trend of accelerating garbage accumulation is essential to the planet’s future, and reducing, reusing and recycling offers a comprehensive answer to an increasingly perplexing problem. Waste management is different from waste disposal, and the reduce, reuse and recycle mantra reflects the complexity of the concept. Step #2: Reuse your items. Cleaning out a computer tower for reuse as a mail box.

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Reuse & Upcycling instead of Recycling.

Green (Living) Review

and not just in the home and on the homestead by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reuse and upcycling can be found in the home and on the homestead* now more and more again as people finally realize again that throwing tin cans and glass jars and such into the recycling bin may mean throwing useful resources away. Building materials, such as bricks, have been salvaged and reused for centuries and in some cases building lumber has also been recycled by reusing it.

Why is reuse regarded so badly?

Green (Living) Review

Reuse, on the other hand, barely ever seems to get a mention and a looking in and is treated like a stepchild; nay worse. Why can't packaging be designed with reuse in mind? A great majority of people nowadays do not seem to have the right amount of imagination (any more) in order to come up with all the possible reuse ideas and thus it would be good to have such ideas printed on the package, whether it is a carton, a plastic bottle, or what have you.

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Reduce-Reuse-Recycle that Holiday Waste

The Green Samaritan

With households generating an additional 25% in waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, that another 6 million tons of trash floating around. Here are a few quick tips to help. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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