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Go green by learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle just about anything; it's all in these videos.
You Will Need
- A commitment to recycling
- An ability to think outside the box
Don’t automatically discard your morning newspaper. Use it in place of paper towels to clean glass and mirrors (it doesn’t leave streaks!), shred it to make packing material, use it as a fire starter, and wrap gifts with it.
Save plastic produce bags
Save plastic produce bags to pick up dog poop, use them as trash bags in your car, and wrap your clothes in them when you travel to protect against dirty shoes and leaking toiletries.
Hold onto greeting cards
Hold onto greeting cards. Even the craft-challenged can cut up old cards to make gift tags and postcards. Or tear off the cover and use the blank side to write out your to-do list instead of wasting note paper.
Don’t ditch mousepads
Don’t throw out old mousepads. Instead, use them as knee pads when you garden or clean the tub, put them under hot dishes, or cut them into pieces and glue under furniture legs to protect wood floors.
Reuse junk-mail envelopes
Reuse junk-mail envelopes for your own mail. Just slap a label over the see-through window or pre-printed address. If the envelope has a bar code at the bottom, run a black marker through it.
Don’t dump cooking water
Don’t dump the water you use to cook vegetables—water your plants with it. Bonus—it’s filled with nutrients!