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Earth Tones Tip: Reusing Disposable Items

May 23, 2008

by Alison Feldmann

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This week’s Earth Tones Tip is from Life Hacker. They have a great post on reusing those supposedly "disposable" things you have lying around the house: CD-R spindles, dryer sheets, wine corks, yogurt containers…the list goes on! All those things that could normally be thrown in the trash can be upcycled or recycled into something useful. Put on your thinking cap and start reusing stuff before it hits the dump! 

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SCOTTIE vintage xylophone dog assemblage art 1000 PIECES no.39
SCOTTIE vintage xylophone dog assemblage art 1000 PIECES no.39
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compound eye ring (adaptive re-use of vintage earring)
compound eye ring (adaptive re-use of vintage earring)
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Carson
Carson
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English Pale Ale Beer Original Spiral Bound Recycled \/ Upcycled Journal Notebook - Imported from England
English Pale Ale Beer Original Spiral Bound Recycled \/ Upcycled Journal Notebook - Imported from England
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Bess Bonney
Bess Bonney
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TwIsTeD Telephone Wire Bracelets Variety Pack (5 Bracelets)
TwIsTeD Telephone Wire Bracelets Variety Pack (5 Bracelets)
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100 Percent Natural Detergent from Fruit - 4oz
100 Percent Natural Detergent from Fruit - 4oz
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re-usable produce bags, set of 3
re-usable produce bags, set of 3
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Coffee Jacket - Crochet Pattern
Coffee Jacket - Crochet Pattern
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Recycled Cartoon Skateboard Bangle B-09
Recycled Cartoon Skateboard Bangle B-09
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12 comments

  • nectorgirl

    nectorgirl said 8 years ago

    I love the lanterns from mariposa avenue, and the twisted telephone wire bracelets from courtney watson. Genious reuse!

  • thecraftykitten

    thecraftykitten said 8 years ago

    Excellent article :D Thanks for sharing!!

  • pouch

    pouch said 8 years ago

    I love Carson and Bess, I can't resist cuts things, and eco friendly too :)

  • CourtneyWatson

    CourtneyWatson said 8 years ago

    Excellent article! I have always found it to be exciting to create something that has "outlived" it's specified purpose! I am working on a Lego bookshelf (because three tubs of Legos from my childhood will just not fit in storage any longer!) (:

  • TwistedThicket

    TwistedThicket said 8 years ago

    Great article! Here are a few of my earth saving tips: Save all of your nylon mesh bags from fruits and vegitables, combine a bunch of them in one to make your own pot scrubbers. Folgers plastic coffee cans can be used for storing many things from dried pasta, rice, beans, and nuts & bolts. Small plastic folgers cans can be used to store and keep fresh and alive, night crawlers and worms for your next fishing trip.

  • aLoverandaFighter

    aLoverandaFighter said 8 years ago

    great article and picks! i'm always happy to see the 3 R's put into practice. i know it's an oldie but, it's a goodie...i love using mason jars as drinking glasses. they're rustic in a fun kind of way. :)

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational said 8 years ago

    That was an awesome post. Not only that the comments section is full of additional tips on recycling, and re-using.

  • TheChainmailleLady

    TheChainmailleLady said 8 years ago

    The creativity of the etsy members amazs me!!! I like to look at timemachine2 to see what's happening and people are so creative!!! The upcycle market facinates me. Who knew you could do so many amazing things with one persons trash! Fabulous!

  • PLASTICS

    PLASTICS said 8 years ago

    all of our items are made out of recycled plastic.

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox said 8 years ago

    I REALLY love these articles. Moving from Atlanta to Seattle I see a big difference in what a city can be when it's people care about their surroundings and environment. For starters, you can drink the water. This site is just so wonderful. Since I began reading these articles I've switched to 100% sustainable energy in my apartment/studio; bought a drop spindle for turning all my plastic bags into yarn to make future market bags; starting making cloth-covered and decorative boxes out of shipping boxes that I get at home and at work; reuse all my big yogurt containers (I don't buy the individual yogurt) to hold all my supplies including beads, buttons, sequins and embroidery floss; and have made some wallets and a purse out of old clothes. All that just from these articles. You inspire SO much creativity and I feel you should know that. Thank you so much!

  • lindasecobeads

    lindasecobeads said 8 years ago

    I am SO inspired by all these imaginative recycling projects!! We CAN save the planet! Every idea counts....thanks guys!

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