Before we RECYCLE certain items it may be possible for us to reuse those consumer products that are intended for single use. In doing so this may reduce our need for duplicate purchasing of these items in the short term. Frequently used liquid vessels such as water bottles or takeaway coffee cups and accessories including straws or cutlery can become more sustainable objects by owning reusable versions of these. Reusing paper; bottles; jars; single-use drink; takeaway containers; shopping bags; plastic plates; eating utensils and furniture. Thinking creatively on how to reuse these items before they are recycled is a great way for us to extend the usefulness of these objects and/or their packaging. Use jars to store your spices and/or small objects like paperclips or hair elastics. Once washed, use your takeaway containers to store your own leftovers for freezing or for lunch the next day.
Try your hand at upcycling, by painting a piece of older furniture a bold colour to give it a new lease on life. You may even learn a new skill that can give you joy and assist you to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. My mum has always been an ‘up-cycler’ well before this craft-form became popular. In my first family home, we had a 1960s kitchen dresser that was painted bright glossy yellow with glass sliding doors; by the time I was a teenager it was matte black with brass handles and the doors removed. This piece of furniture was a quality item that with a few modifications over time was able to grow and change with our family’s needs.
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