Reuse
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Welfare
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Advertising
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Repair
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Containers
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Stationery
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Paper
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Furniture and
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Shopping Bags
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Books & Other Media
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Electrical Appliances
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Bicycles
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Reusable instead of
Disposable

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Stocking
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Other Ideas
 
 
 
Re-using a product that you'd normally throw out is the most basic form of recycling.

Reusing something for the same purpose for which it was originally intended or for another purpose (re-purposing) means that there is less waste.
  • For example using a wine bottle as a vase, making an outdoor candle
     holder out of used cans or using a cleaned mayonnaise bottle to store
     home-made jam.

•  Avoid waste from single use products.

•  Avoid disposable products.

•  Buy products made from recycled materials so that resources needed to
    make new products are saved.

•  Reusing items extends the life of the item before recycling it or disposing
    of it.


Welfare Organisations

•  Giving your unwanted items to others or to welfare organisations is an ideal
    means of reusing products.
   • There are many
welfare organisations, like Child Welfare,
      SOS Children's Homes, MaAfika Tikkun or Animal Welfare and many
      others in your area who can use or sell your unwanted items.
   • Many organisations will even collect from you.

Advertising

•  Post a listing of your unwanted items on a community notice board, or in
    the classifieds.

•  There are a many websites where you can exchange or sell your unwanted
    items.


Reduce Reuse Recycle are the 3 Rs of waste management.

The 4th R is repair.

•  Instead of throwing things away, see if you can repair it so you can
    keep it for longer and extend the items life.

•  Ceramics can be glued back together.

•  Mug handles can be glued back in place. Keep on drinking.

•  Stitch tears in clothing.

•  Darn socks.

•  Sew buttons back on.

•  Glue heels and inner soles back on.

•  Replace heal tips on high heels.

•  The soles of shoes often wear out but the shoes are still good. Resole
    the shoes and keep on walking.

•  Fix toys and books.

•  If you no longer need the item  then fix it and give it to someone
    else to use; or give it to someone that can fix it.

Containers

•  Keep cardboard boxes in good condition, and keep reusing them.

•  Use your shoes boxes as storage containers for photos or other items.
    Paint them with leftover paint or decorate them with leftover wrapping
    paper.

•  Avoid using clingwrap or tinfoil to cover leftover food.

•  Rather use a plate that is slightly larger than the dish size so that the
    dish is covered properly.

•  Use the shower caps you get in hotels as covers on your leftover dishes.

•  These can be reused.

•  Put leftovers into tupperware with sealable lids.

•  Reuse food containers.

•  Reuse ice cream tubs, margarine containers, cottage cheese containers
    and other food containers again for storing other food either in the
    fridge, freezer or cupboard.

•  Reuse your containers as lunch boxes.

•  Reuse drinks bottles again.

•  Refill your plastic water bottles instead of constantly buying new ones.

•  If you must buy bottled water - then buy the largest container and
    fill your small bottles for ease of use.

•  Rinse your ziplock bags and use them again.

•  Buy cleaning products refills and reuse the original packaging.

Stationery

•  Reuse envelopes and postal packaging.

•  Stick a piece of reusable paper over the existing address. Or use a
    label if you already have. Avoid buying more labels.

•  Reuse paper clips, plastic bands, folders and files.

•  Use a used envelope for submitting your medical aid claims in a
    collection box.

•  Within an office internal documents can be sent reusing the same
    envelope over and over again.

•  Refill pens and pencils.

•  If you no longer need stationery that you have, donate it to a needy
    school, crche or childcare centre.

Paper

•  Reuse wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbons.

•  Cut up waste paper into note sized pieces.

•  Use the other side of paper that's been printed on.

•  Reuse newspaper as giftwrap or for insulation within the home.

•  Refill and reuse ink cartridges.

•  Donate computers to be reused.

Furniture and Homeware

•  Buy furniture from second hand stores.

•  Antiques are reusable furniture.

•  Purchase items at auctions.

•  Donate or sell furniture to be reused.

•  If you buy a new carpet, donate your old carpet.

•  Used crockery and cutlery can be bought from antique or second hand
    shops.

•  Sell or give away your unwanted crockery or cutlery.

Shopping Bags

•  Reuse your shopping bags.

•  Reuse your own bag or basket instead of buying new plastic bags.

•  Use plastic bags as bin liners

•  Use material shopping bags

•  Use bags you have at home as your reusable shopping bags.

Books and Other Media

•   Trade, sell or donate books you no longer need.

•  Give books and magazines to old age homes.

•  Give childrens books (as well as crayons and paper etc) to childrens
    homes or day care centres.

•  Give books to a library or school.

•  Join a library.

•  Join a bookclub.

•  Buy second hand books, comics, CDs, DVDs, games & videos.

•  Reuse discs and video tapes.

Electrical Appliances

•  If possible get them repaired, or give them to a welfare organisation who
    will repair them

Bicycles

•  Buy a used bike. It'll be cheaper than a new bike.

Reusable instead of Disposable

•  Purchase products that are reusable rather than disposable.
   •  E.g. Razors

•  Use a mug instead of a polystyrene cup for tea or coffee.

•  Avoid disposable tableware.

•  If you have disposable plastic "cutlery and crockery" - wash and reuse
    them or else recycle them.

•  Use rechargeable batteries.

•  Use cloths that can be washed and reused instead of paper towels.
    • Cut up old t-shirts or other old, stained clothes and use them as cloths.

•  Re-using a product that you'd normally throw out is the most basic form
    of recycling.

•  Reusing something for the same purpose for which it was originally
    intended or for another purpose (re-purposing) means that there is less
    waste.
     • For example using a wine bottle as a vase, making an outdoor candle
        holder out of used cans or using a cleaned mayonnaise bottle to store
        home-made jam.

•  Avoid waste from single use products.

•  Avoid disposable products.

•  Buy products made from recycled materials so that resources needed
    to make new products are saved.
 
•  Reusing items extends the life of the item before recycling it or
    disposing of it.

Pantyhose / Stockings

•  Use laddered stockings as a cloth.

•  It’s great to polish shoes or the car.

•  Use as a strainer.

•  Tie pantyhose over a wire hanger and create a pond or pool skimmer.

•  Line the bottom of a flower pot to prevent soil running out.

•  Use pantyhose instead of string to tie up bundles.

•  Tie a tree to a stick to help it grow straight.

•  Use as a stuffing for homemade toys.

•  Store potatoes or onions in the length of a stocking leg.

•  Put the last slithers of soap into a stocking and tie it up – you can then
    finish all the small pieces.

•  Make sachets of pot pourie using stockings with a pretty bow.

•  Use the band of pantyhose as an elastic band to secure a bin liner in a bin.

• Use the band of pantyhose or cut the stocking to create rings to use as
   hairbands.

•  Tie pieces of stockings over a bottle as a lid.

Other Ideas


•  Create a "re-use" drawer for things like paper clips, elastic bands, nails,
    ribbons, received gift wrapping and bags, and other reusable items that
    you'd normally throw out.

•  Keep a button container. Clothes often come with a spare button. Keep
    them incase you lose a button on a garment.
    • Use containers like margarine or cottage cheese tubs or ice-cream tubs
       that you'd normally throw out (rather recycle them) as containers to hold
       the above.

•  Use old toothbrushes for cleaning.
    • If you have an electric toothbrush use rechargeable batteries.

•  Put used teabags in your garden beds as compost.

•  Make your own potpourie, using your dried roses or herbs and adding
   some essential oil.

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