How do you REUSE?

Okay, so the recycling part is easy. Reducing isn’t too hard either. It’s the reusing that has some “at a loss.” Here are just a few ways we reuse:


* Reuse spice containers. They make great treat holders for the diaper bag, car, or purse. The contents won’t get smooshed, either. In this photo, the crisps are stored in an old spice container. If they were still in the original bag, they’d be pulverized at the bottom of the diaper bag.

* Store used ziplocs under the sink. Then, reuse them when appropriate. They are perfect for the banana bread that is already wrapped in wax paper or when you need something to contain the stench of the chicken fat you just trimmed while it sits in the garbage can for a few days.

* Save cardboard cracker & cookie boxes. Cut open the box and use the blank, brown side for kids’ projects.

* Keep egg cartons. Cut off the top and use the bottom for different colored finger or tempera paints. Your little artist can simply throw away the carton when she’s done.

Please, tell us how you reduce or reuse!



  1. Vicci said

    Oh my, someone else does this with ziplocs!!! I wash and reuse mine until they look yucky (so who really sees them but me?), then under the sink they go. They are especially useful in the winter when I don’t dump my eggshells, banana peels, etc. in the compost and can’t put them in the disposal (a big “do not put these through the disposal” list was in the instructions).

    It’s funny, I’ve done so much in the recycle/reuse area over the past 25 years (we have never had trash pickup because we generate so little garbage) that I consider it “everyday” and cannot for the life of me think of anything to add to your list! I’ll have to ponder… 😉

  2. Anonymous said

    I reuse ziploc bags as ice packs for coolers and such.

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