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I was talking with my husband the other day about recycling. The biggest recycling company in our area (maybe state or even country wide)went out of business. It left a lot people holding the bag, (well not literally), full of plastic bottles and empty cans of soda and energy drinks. I was thinking that when I was young, people didn’t throw out a jar or a container. We reused them. The old joke about not knowing what was in the butter tub in the fridge..butter or leftovers, comes to mind.
I will admit I have been rather lax about the reuse thing. Probably because they trained us to wash it out and throw into the recycle bin. I have always saved certain things that would make a great craft for the granddaughter, IE paper towel rolls and small yogurt cups. I save really good boxes for shipping. Yet I seemed to toss most things.
While being far from an Eco-warrior, I have begun to save and reuse things. I am more aware of what I am buying and is the packaging really necessary. A good example is corn. Corn that is still has it husk on and sold loosely has much less packaging than the ones that have been pre-husked and is now on a Styrofoam plate covered with plastic. The loose ones tend to be cheaper as well.
So yogurt cups, ice cream cups, jars, egg cartons, and other things have all found a home and a use in my workshop. I will continue to purchase less packaging and reuse what I can. What about you? Whats your favorite thing to reuse?