How to save environment by propagating Reuse

At the same time that it confronts the challenges of waste reduction, reuse also sustains the “embodied energy” that was originally used to manufacture an item. With a few exceptions, reuse accomplishes the goals of waste reduction more effectively than recycling.  Always choose to reuse first and then recycle.

The following tips will help you to save a bit of environment and our resources and of course your money by propagating the principle of reuse into your life.

  1. The local used bookstore has more amazing novels than you could ever imagine. So visit your local used bookstore before purchasing a new book.

  2. Take envelops which are sent by businesses, place a label over the pre printed address, write in a new address, and send it on its way.

  3. If you have a lot of magazines that you no longer wants, you can always take them to waiting rooms of hospitals, railway stations, dentists or even your workplace.

  4. Bring your own reusable canvas or cotton bag to the grocery store or to the mall to carry your purchased items.

  5. You can also reuse paper or plastic bags to help reduce trash that ends up in landfills or in areas where wildlife lives.

  6. Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminium rather than plastic, with you while travelling or at work.

  7. Go online to find new or gently used second hand products.

  8. Old ketchup, mustard etc. bottles can be used to store your own homemade sauces and condiments.

  9. Punch holes in small jar caps to create a spice or cheese shaker.

  10. Thoroughly clean up used aluminium cans from canned soups and chips can be reused as pencil, pen and marker holders.

  11. Use one sided printed paper for your rough work or even reuse it to print on other side.

  12. Re-invent your old clothes with hands on cutting and add-on accessories.

  13. Reuse everything at least twice.