Because I just picked up a part time job, in order to be able to keep up my column in the RPG website, I’ve ended up recycling some of my old ideas/ articles for this new audience.




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  1. ladybarbara 2 years ago

    Peanut butter jars are used to hold coins. They also will hold nuts, bolts, screws, nails, washers and whatever to keep the garage workshop neater. I will use an empty gallon water jug to mix water and plant food in to feed the garden plants in my greenhouse. I use fish-dirty water from our fish pond to water my garden plants and refill the pond with clean water. The yuck in the pond water feeds the plants. I have a worm farm and feed food scraps to the worms and they process it and make rich worm poopy garden soil to feed the plants. I have stopped reusing things and prefer to just put things in the “Blue Bin” recycle bin for the city to recycle it. Now, Immortal Pirate, on the other hand, reuses every scrap of anything he can get his hands on and we call it “Peter Panning” things. He builds things —- like his marshmallow gun that shoots marshmallows. He even saved the bag of marshmallows until they got so rock hard that I fear his shooting them from that gun would hurt someone. I threw the marshmallows away. He builds four string guitars and uses the bottom of coffee cans as resonators on the guitars. He carves old bone for the guitar bridges. People like his guitars and buy them. He used to bend the edges of coffee can bottoms into crimped tiny pie plates and bake coffee cakes in them. His little coffee cakes were popular with his friends and they would buy each personal little coffee cake for $5.00 each. They got to keep the little pan. The little pan was crimped fancy and you could not tell that it was only a coffee can bottom. Now, I have a Kurig coffee maker and I reuse the little coffee k-cups as tiny plant seed starter cups for my garden plants. When it is time to transplant the tiny seedling plant, I simply remove the bottom of the cup —- so as to not disturb the plant roots —- and plant the cup with the little plant right into the soil. I write on each cup what the plant name is and the date it was planted. When the K-cups are well used and old, I clean them up and put them in the “Blue Bin” recycle bin for the city to recycle. We seem to recycle old cats when the owners move away and leave the cat behind. The cats come in handy to keep the bed, coffee table, chairs, and the sofa from floating away into outer space. The cat is also a great paper weight on the office desk.

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  2. BelleMadre 2 years ago

    jars and containers mostly
    i reuse those babies for all time
    working in a kitchen means i have access to lovely massive jars when we have served up all the pickles, so i wash them and bring them home to keep my dry goods in. plastic containers for shore get reused. even milk bags. yep i said bags. you canadians know what i mean. i rinse those and use them as freezer bags… also clothes and fabric. i dont enjoy throwing out much!

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  3. Gina 2 years ago

    Plastic bags, aka: Ziploc bags. I can’t stand to see a Ziploc bag in the trash when they look brand new. We wash them over and over. We have missed the last two trash pickups, and our trash can is still not full. We keep reusable food containers in the car to take into restaurants if we have leftovers.

    I have the same little leather purse I use daily for over 25 years.

    They need to add Rot to the top of the most preferable part of the pyramid.

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      Jear77 2 years ago

      Compost *is* rot, isn’t it?

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      • Gina 2 years ago

        True, but I think Rot needs to be right after Reduce. Composting with recycling sounds like a process that requires energy. For example: Let fallen branches remain on the ground to create little eco-systems, and break down (rot) naturally is best. No man-made energy required.

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  4. mamajoy 2 years ago

    I like this post and seeing all the ways we all reuse our “waste”. I recently got rid of all of our food plastic containers and have changed over to glass so we reuse those over and over – with the plastic ones, i found myself throwing them out anytime they got stained(with tomato sauces, curry, etc.) or if they just looked dingy. I don’t have that problem with glass.

    The stores here don’t give out plastic bags anymore so we all have to use our reusable bags, or reuse the paper bags from the stores. I reuse my orange juice containers for the body washes, house cleaners, and laundry soaps that I concoct.

    I remember how @gina4peas shares about how angry she gets over wasted zip-lock bags, so I try to reuse those when I can. I also use cloth wipes for a lot of my cleaning, so I wash and reuse those instead of paper towels. I’m sure there are many more ways I reuse and recycle things, but these are the most recent changes I’ve made.

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