Tuesday, July 08, 2008

How Do You Re-Use?

A lot of us try to be "green" in a variety of ways...recycling, composting, conserving energy, etc. One of my favorite ways to be green is reusing junk and making it into usable stuff. What are some of the things you do to reuse? Here are a couple of my favorites:

1. Turn soft plastic containers (e.g. yogurt containers, sour cream cartons) into seedling containers. I heat the tip of a Phillips screwdriver to poke drainage holes in the bottom, and then put the container lid underneath as a drip tray. If you can get your hands on larger containers (e.g. Panera's cream cheese containers) this works well for large houseplants as well.

2. Turn cereal boxes into magazine holders. I never have enough magazine holders because I hate to pay the exorbitant cost for a cheap piece of plastic. I recently found that I can make serviceable holders out of cereal boxes. Once the cereal is gone, just remove the plastic bag from the inside and cut it into the magazine holder shape. Here is a pic of a few completed ones: http://replayground.blogspot.com/2008/04/diy-organizing.html. If you get really fancy, you could cover and decorate it. Mine are more au naturale, 'cause I'm lazy and not very Martha Stewarty.

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