50 Things You Can Reuse

Recycling is very important, but even better is reusing. Recycling actually uses energy, transport time, and fuel to get the items to where they need to go. If you can reuse an item yourself, that's more energy, time, and fuel saved, as well as less emissions produced. From your old metal cans, plastic bags, bicycle tires, packing peanuts, and computer keyboards, there are many ways to find a second life for simple items around your home by reusing them.

50 Ways to Reuse Simple Household Things

  1. Reuse your blankets and towels. Bring them to a local shelter that will be glad to put them to good use and give animals a soft, warm place to sit.
  2. Reuse seeds from fruit and vegetables and try to grow them!
  3. Reuse old plastic bags. There are 10 creative ways to reuse plastic bags here.
  4. Reuse paper bags as school book covers, or get a little more creative.
  5. Cut used pieces of paper into scrap pieces of paper (a message pad!).
  6. Reuse stove heat by opening up the stove once you are done with it and letting the warm air into your home in colder weather.
  7. Reuse coffee grinds by keeping them aside and placing them into your garden or soil.
  8. Reuse coffee that you don't drink by putting it over ice and placing it in the fridge for an iced coffee later.
  9. Reuse Christmas trees (not the fake ones) by putting them outside for birds and letting them naturally break down.
  10. Reuse packing peanuts, air pillows, bubble wrap, and boxes for your own eBay shipping, or bring them by the local post office or recycling center for others to use.
  11. Reuse pens and art supplies by donating them to local schools.
  12. Reuse your old carpet. Even slightly dirty carpets can have a second life.
  13. Reuse your old food scraps by composting them.
  14. Reuse your used margarine and butter tubs by cleaning them and keeping them for leftovers (free ziploc containers!).
  15. Reuse old clothing by donating it to a local charity.
  16. Reuse the stuffing from old pillows and comforters into new items. Reuse the pillow covers for rags.
  17. Reuse used wrapping paper and save it for next year.
  18. Reuse newspaper, interesting magazines, and other paper products by using them as wrapping paper.
  19. Reuse kiddie pool water on plants and shrubs.
  20. Reuse your old paint by finding things to paint in your home, touch up, or donate it to a local charity.
  21. Reuse your old toilet paper rolls.
  22. Reuse old wallpaper and use it for decoupage or crafts
  23. Never throw away an old book, donate it to a library or to your recycling center, or a school! They can reuse it.
  24. Reuse old curtains as rags for cleaning your car.
  25. Reuse your old electronics by selling them on Craigslist or on eBay.
  26. Reuse old glass containers with lids and save them for leftovers, or, make your own jam or jelly. Food safe airtight glass containers would be great for storing rice, pasta, sugar, and flour.
  27. Reuse your old sneakers by donating them to Nike's Shoe recycling program (okay, this is more recycling, but it's important!)
  28. Reuse greeting cards in craft projects.
  29. Reuse your old toothbrush and use it to clean hard to reach areas like around the sink, your drains, faucets, and grout.
  30. Save stale bread and give it to the birds in the backyard (be sure to rip it small enough so they can eat it!).
  31. Make a piece of artwork with your old metal cans.
  32. Make your own checker set by reusing your old bottle caps.
  33. There are over 20 ways to reuse your old furniture here.
  34. Sell or donate your old cellphone to the one of many companies out there.
  35. Sell old clothing and let others reuse it, provided it looks good still.
  36. For your next home renovation project, you might be able to reuse your old floor tiles.
  37. Reuse popsicle sticks in kid craft projects.
  38. Even bicycle tires can be reused.
  39. Reuse old seafood seashells by crushing them and using them in your garden as decoration.
  40. There are over 20 ways you can reuse your old drinking straws.
  41. Reuse insulation when building a home, or adding insulation. This will save energy and money!
  42. There are some creative things you can do with old metal pie pan plates.
  43. Reuse old aluminum foil by judging whether you it is clean enough to use again. If you're using it for bread or dry goods, you should be able to shake it off and set it aside for next time (provided it is clean).
  44. Reuse old spray bottles by first making sure they are okay to reuse (see the back of the bottle) and filling them with water to spray plants.
  45. Reuse your old CDs and DVDs with these tips.
  46. Reuse your old yard debris! Leaves, lawn cuttings, and wood chips naturally fertilize and add nutrients to your soil.
  47. If you receive a gift in a gift bag, save it for another occasion and reuse that bag!
  48. Is your old keyboard the perfect seedling starter?
  49. Reuse your old toothpaste tubes.
  50. Yes, you can even reuse your mattress.

Do you make an effort to reuse household items?

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Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

Thanks for linking to my lenses! :) Reusing all the way! Yay!

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Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

Lots of terrific ideas here. Really nice lens.

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monarch13 7 years ago

Great ideas! 5 stars and rolled to "Re-gifting - A Smart Economical and Earth-Friendly Choice!"

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Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

Great redesign! Looking really good! :) If I could, I would give you another 5*!

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ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

A lot of little things add up to be a lot. If everyone did 'a little' we wouldn't be in the bind we are today.

Great lens


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Wendy L Henderson 7 years ago from PA

Wonderful lens. I loved it.

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TheInfamous7 7 years ago

Excellent Lens GreenerYou!! :-) Surely worth a blessing!

HomeTowne_Market 7 years ago

Great ideas - Thanks for sharing them!

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RuthCoffee 7 years ago

Nice! I do a lot of these actually. I learn such things from my parents.

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Rich-H 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

Loved these ideas! Great lens and faved :)

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debnet 7 years ago from England

There's some great ideas on here. I was pleased to find I already reuse quite a few things on the list but there's plenty more for me to try :)

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ZenandChic 7 years ago

Lots of great ideas!

GrowWear 7 years ago

Excellent resource of ideas for reusing stuff. Great lens! 5*Fave

diggyisking 7 years ago

Very very nice!

Wish more people would make an effort to preserve and conserve our environment!

One of the things that bugs me the most is all the packaging for food products, all the aluminium and plastic for each little candybar or small bottle.

XP 7 years ago

Great lens! Some things I knew, many I didn't. Informational, entertaining AND good for us all!

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BeautifulGreenB 7 years ago

Some really great ideas here! Thanks for making this lens, a lensroll must-have for us earth lovers! Linked you in with our great recycling lenses!

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bigjimj 7 years ago

Very nice lens. Great tips and ideas that should be reviewed often.

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jimmielanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

You're officially blessed!

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kerbev 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

Great collection of ideas!

ChloeComfort 7 years ago

What a great lens with so many awesome ideas. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Kudos - keep up the good work!

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pkmcruk 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

Congratulations on your great achievement in becoming a Giant Squid! Your lenses are awesome!

Take care


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sittonbull 7 years ago

Excellent lens... a better world if everyone would follow these tips. As a member of the new squid group... congratulations on reaching the Giant Squid level! 5***** and favored.

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stephenteacher 7 years ago from Corona, CA

Terrific stuff. I just wrote a short article on how teachers can have a greener classroom.

____Cate 7 years ago

This is an awesome lens! Very informative! Go Green!

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TimeHacker 7 years ago

Very nice lens with a lot of useful info, 5* from me :)

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kerbev 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

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anonymous 7 years ago

Excellent lens!

Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us.

Five stars!

anonymous 7 years ago

great lens, keep up the good work! 5*

TenaciousWriter 7 years ago

Good lens! I'm always happy to read ideas that are both positive and practical.

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nextchapterlear 7 years ago

Great ideas!!

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evelynsaenz1 7 years ago from Royalton

I love all these ideas for reusing the things that come into the house.

Here's a way to reuse straws:

Straws can be reused to make huge bubbles. String 3 straws end to end and tie the string together. You now have a triangle. Dip it in a solution of water and dishwashing liquid. Pull it up and you will have a huge bubble. The straws with string can be hung up and dried and used over and over.

anonymous 7 years ago

Good ideas!

Suko 7 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We all gotta reduce, reuse,and recycle! Your lens presents some terrific ideas.

Colorfulscene 7 years ago

5 star lens worthy of reading. Great tips for the wallet and the earth!

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verymary 7 years ago from Chicago area

Fantastic info! 5*****

jipock 7 years ago

Really Great Ideas! Great Lens!

Tarra99 7 years ago

Thanks for popping into my bottlecaps lens...I'm lensrolling this one to my "reuse toothbrushes" lens...I appreciate you stopping by to comment.

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avocado47 7 years ago

What a great lens! My favorite is "Make a piece of artwork with your old metal cans." - I want to try it!*****

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ChristopherScot1 7 years ago

Thanks for stopping by my lens for A Day of Hope!

Belindance 7 years ago

Really nice lens, I have to say lot of what you list I already do. But there is always more creative things to learn. Thanks for creating a very helpful lens.

anonymous 7 years ago

Another absolutely fab lens! Thank you so much, I always look forward to your green lenses! - Kathy

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Flowerpot LM 7 years ago

Great lens! I'd like to learn to be greener so I'm off to look through some of your other lenses!

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ecogranny 7 years ago from San Francisco

Very good lens with lots of useful information. Five stars from this little eco-granny.

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Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

Great concept lens and great ideas too 5*!

totalhealth 7 years ago

great post, there are tons of great and creative ideas on how to reuse household things that we often throw into trash.

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purplesheep lm 7 years ago

A great lens on a very important topic...

Super_Natural 7 years ago

Nice lens! You've got a great collection of tips and resources here. I'd love it if you'd drop by my lens and say hello when you have the chance.

anonymous 7 years ago

wow, these are really great ideas! i'm going to lensroll this one for sure. good job on the lens.

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GreenChickens 7 years ago


You have compiled a lot of great ideas.

Thanks for stopping by my lenses.

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LairMistress 7 years ago from Seattle, WA USA

Very nice lens! Also, electronic material, including computers, remotes, etc. can be donated to schools, churches, homeless shelters, struggling local businesses, etc. as well...

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unique freak77 7 years ago

Great job on this lens, I got a ton of great ideas from it. Five, fave, lensrolling. :)

anonymous 7 years ago

Heaps of great ideas. I am already doing quite a few of them, but there's plenty more to consider.

Interesting lens.

anonymous 7 years ago

fantastic tips. great lens

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Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Very nice lens. Is this in my group? I will have to feature it soon if so. :)

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teamlane 7 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

~ Colleen :o)

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Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Another terrific lens. Blessed.

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Mortira 7 years ago

What an inspiring list! Welcome to the Green Crusaders group!

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GreenProducts4Me 7 years ago

Good lens with a lot of useful information. Love the list of 50 items to reuse. Still trying to figure out #49..."Reuse yur old toothpaste tubes"?


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tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

Great list! 5* and lensrolled to Compassionate Christian Conservation.

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greenerme 7 years ago Author

[in reply to GreenProducts4Me] Click on the anchor text link and you'll see what I mean!

bethpartin 7 years ago

This is the most fabulous lens! I noticed that you have the Twist biodegradable dishrags on here. I just bought some of those.

ritalensmaster 7 years ago

really cool lense thanks

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Happy Helen 7 years ago

Great lens, I love to re-use everything I can! You've given me a couple of ideas I never though of, thanks.

anonymous 7 years ago

Lots of great ideas. Thank you!

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GreenEcoBean 7 years ago

Great info, clean layout, lots of great tips!

Aaronicus 7 years ago

Sweet lens! Great job! I re-use plastic containers as seed starters and indoor garden pots all the time. Lots of other stuff to re-use. Thanks for the cool ideas.

rydigga 7 years ago

Great lens. I am a big recycler and sometimes re-user. Thanks for sharing some cool ideas :)


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wayfarer lm 7 years ago

How appropriate with Earth Day coming up! Nice lens!

SuiteTaBu 7 years ago

Really great lens! We're new to squidoo!

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ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

Very informative!

Thanks for sharing


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Lori Lee-Ray 7 years ago

Great Lense! I added it to my lense! Very useful tips! Thank you.

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Lori Lee-Ray 7 years ago

Great tips! Thanks for the lense, I'm adding it to my squidoo lense!

Gilbey33 7 years ago

Nice lens! It shows how we can change things by looking around the house with an eye out for recycling. Landfills are growing daily with everything from blister packaging to hot water tanks.

homecarediva 7 years ago

Great info! Should be published everywhere!

HenryEgg 7 years ago

This is such helpful information! It's great to see such a large collection of ideas in one place. Thanks for sharing!


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Ramkitten2000 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

Use it up, wear it out, make do, do without is one of my favorite mottos, but I should at re-use to that. Wonderful list of ideas here. Nice job!

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tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

This lens is highly deserving of that purple star! Congrats!

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monarch13 7 years ago

Well of course you got a purple star! Congrats! Already rated 5 stars and faved long ago..

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juliannegentile 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

Congratulations on your purple star!

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SusanDeppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

Congratulations on the well-deserved purple star!

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CoolFoto 7 years ago

Congrats on your Purple Star! Lots of good ideas here.

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chefkeem 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

Too bad you can't reuse this Angel Blessing...oh, well - there will be more angels flying by. Fabulous page! :-)

Joan4 7 years ago

Brilliant! Our parents and grandparents learned this lesson well during the depression. It's time to re-learn some of their thrifty habits for certain. Blessed by an angel! I enjoyed these great ideas! Congratulations on that beautiful purple star!

RinchenChodron 7 years ago

My favorite was donating old books to the library! More people need to do this - I buy all my books at the Friends of the Library so that the library can purchase more new books! Worthy indeed of a purple star.

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evelynsaenz1 7 years ago from Royalton

Congratulations on the well-deserved purple star!

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PromptWriter 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

Great tips! Congratulations on the purple star.

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Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Blogged about this in Living the Green Organic Lifestyle Blog. :)

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HenryE LM 7 years ago

This is one of my most favorite lenses! You have so many great ideas. I'm rethinking everything that goes in the trashcan from now on. Waste not = want not, right?


anonymous 7 years ago

We don't seem to throw away anything and your lens is a great one. Recylce makes a lot of sense to me, good job!

sunshine1600 7 years ago

Love this lens...very good info, will certainly use them...Thanks for sharing

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kerbev 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

Saw this and thought of you. Lots of cool links to reused items

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kerbev 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

Saw this and thought of you. Lots of cool links to reused items

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casperfei 7 years ago

Nice work and great information. I have features your lens to my lens.

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wyrm11268 7 years ago

Really enjoyed reading your lens. I like to recycle and now I have even more ways!

Thanks for all the great information

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JConwell 7 years ago

Congrats on the star! Your ideas are very useful to people.

Check out my lens on Fuel Saving Devices -

Keep up the good work!


livingonsolar 7 years ago

Great info. Thanks for a terrific lens.

patelm 7 years ago

Excellent lens! I try to re-utilize everything possible. Thanks for the tips.

GeothermalVids 7 years ago

This is such an interesting lens. I will think twice before I get rid of something next time.

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SoyCandleLover 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

Excellent advice! 5 *'s, favorited and lens rolled into my newest lens , too! Please come and visit. :D

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SoyCandleLover 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

Hi again! I wanted to let you know that I also used this lens in the discovery tool for my lens Thanks

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Beadmagic 7 years ago

Recycle magazines! And make beautiful paper bead jewelry! It's not just a kid's hobby anymore.

anonymous 7 years ago

Some excellent green ideas and tips here!

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johnfn lm 7 years ago

nice list of some really great ideas. thanks!

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Jennifer Einstein 7 years ago from New York City

Does anyone have an idea of what to do with Rx medicine containers that you get from CVS or any other pharmacy? I haven't been able to throw them away, but I have reached all my uses for it (sorting nails and other hardware, sorting buttons, keeping toothpicks, keeping quarters for laundry, etc.).

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sneakerz 7 years ago

Wow who woulda thought there are so much uses for these things. Great lens, I will do some of these myself.

Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

some cool tips

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lolicious 7 years ago

If you spend the time to think about the environment, there is so much we all can do. 5 star lens, great information

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greenerme 7 years ago Author

@Jennifer Einstein: I just found this article on reusing prescription bottles here:

Looks like they've come up with 21 ways you can reuse them and where you can donate them.

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Jennifer Einstein 7 years ago from New York City

@greenerme: Thanks, it's a great resources with some wonderful ideas.

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Tonya Mickelson 7 years ago

I have to agree. There's a lot we can do for the environment....

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SheGetsCreative 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

So many great ideas for reusing! :)

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Darla Dixon 7 years ago

Congratulations on your nomination for best Green Lens 2009. 5 *'s

ndoone170 7 years ago

great information i will be sure to share this holiday season!!

dmf32835 6 years ago

If you don't reuse it, donate it!

safewell 6 years ago

Great lens! Keep up the good work

WardrobeRewind 6 years ago

Great infor, it just shows what a little outside of the box thinking can do. I hope it will inspire everyone that reads this. Thanks for sharing.

Anok 6 years ago

nice tips thanks

sdiener 6 years ago

great lens!

dennis-lift-table-skirts 6 years ago

These are all very useful tips. I know there are a few which I will use very soon as I am always looking for ways to save money and also healthy environment.

MaurizioMaranghi 6 years ago

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

- Maurizio Maranghi -

yemanya 6 years ago

Thanks for all that good stuff! I feed all my veg scarps to my horses and donkeys and then get the poo for the garden to grow more veg! and so it goes on. Happy Christmas and a great recycling 2010

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affiliatestwo 6 years ago

Can't figure out the "Reuse old plastic bags. There are 10 creative ways to reuse plastic bags here"....................... Where are the 10 Creative ways to reuse plastic bags?

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Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

Nice lens, very helpful.

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greenerme 6 years ago Author

@affiliatestwo: If you click on the link, you'll find six provided by the author, as well as many more provided by the commenters on the blog.

ageofz 6 years ago

Nice list. Lots of things here I haven't seen before.

Income4life 6 years ago

very helpful lens. I like reusing and also recycling

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pixie637 6 years ago

Great Lens! Five stars and Lensrolled. I would also like to feature your lens on my organization and repurposing lens here

Please come and see, if you do not want your lens there, just let me know. Thanks

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ThePrancingPony 6 years ago

Great Lens !!! Love your ideas on re-use.

Please also check out my lens on Freecycle:

Doing our bit for the planet :)

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AppalachianCoun 6 years ago

Fantastic ideas and lens. 5 stars*****

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Gloriousconfusion 6 years ago from United Kingdom

A useful list. five stars and I am lensrolling it.

Prancing Pony: I'm a member of Freecycle too - highly recommended

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JenniferAkers LM 6 years ago

Wonderful ideas on 50 Things You Can Reuse - I love finding new ways to reuse things. I've lensrolled this lens to a few of mine on Earth Day.

nmjoynt 6 years ago

Do you allow people to purchase a link from this page. If, I'd be interested in purchasing a composting link. Thank you.

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davis66 6 years ago

You have a lot of really great ideas for reusing materials that you would otherwise send to a landfill. I have just started reusing plastic bags to create textiles and then make rugs and bags. Nice lens!

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AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

You have some great ideas here, indeed.

Please visit to see a link to your featured lenses in my Purple Star Series. Thanks.

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AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

One more thing: this lens was blessed by a Squid Angel.

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Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

Thanks for all these great ideas. I hate to throw anything away, so I'm a bit of a hoarder.

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Airinka 6 years ago

Great job!

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VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

Great tips!

AshestoAshes 6 years ago

Good work, others care

Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing the green living tips. These tips not only save the Earth, they also help save money!

Great Lens. That is about every great green gift on the planet. Awesome!

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GonnaFly 6 years ago from Australia

Great lens. I have been learning how to reuse a lot of things while working in my vegetable garden. I also love to reuse materials in my crafts e.g. using evelopes to make iris folding cards.

christian-book-man 6 years ago

Wonderful Ideas ! Glad you shared these tips , it will surely come in handy !

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hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

really great tips!

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Leanne Chesser 6 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I just wanted to let you know that I'm reviewing this lens, as well as 50 Things You Can Reduce and 50 Thing You Can Recycle, on Squidoo Lens Reviews tomorrow.

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jolou 6 years ago

These are great ideas. I do try to reuse, and when that isn't possible, recycle as much as I possibly can.

parttimejobs 6 years ago

Save the world by planting trees.

anonymous 6 years ago

great ideas.. thanks

alb3rt1 6 years ago

Well done, great tips mate!

Vinduespudser 6 years ago

Nice list. I might just try to reuse some stuff now.

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LauraHofman 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

Great ideas on how to reuse and recycle! This week I donated old blankets and towels to our local animal shelter. I also like to give books, magazines, and puzzles to retirement homes and assisted living facilities. It's a great feeling to help out others - both 2 legged and 4 legged. I will link my Earth Friendly Purses and Compost Bin Marketplace sites to you. Thank you for the inspirational suggestions!

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martialartstraining 6 years ago

Its funny I do a lot of these reuse things just to save money. tough yes they are very good for the Earth too. Another thing to do is save gift wrappings and reuse them, gift bags are easy to do this with you just have to change the tag.

TriCandy 6 years ago

Good ideas, our family has begun to reuse numerous items, saves our environment also.

anonymous 6 years ago

This is a great lens, I also try to recycle everything possible. From wood to paint to plastic, we save and reuse it all!

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kohuether lm 6 years ago

I live in Germany now and it's very fascinating. We separate our trash completely - including compost. All packaging, paper, glass, and compost gets divided out. I just recently learned that the rest is compressed down and burned - but not just burned randomly. They burn it for fuel!snugmoo

Fedeprezzemolo 6 years ago

Great ideas, all the world need to reuse... Let's start all together...

Keep suggesting...

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norma-holt 6 years ago

Wonderful innovative ideas for the environment and to save money. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and on Save Planet Earth

Lydsquid 6 years ago

I love to reuse as much as possible-I always get ice cream in the plastic oval tubs, they are great for when I have to freeze things or store baked goods because they have such a good seal.

4WallsRentals 6 years ago

Extremely useful listing. Can't wait to follow some of these examples!

david2viya 6 years ago

@Income4life: I think this site is very helpful because reusing is very important.


DongMei 6 years ago

Lots of ideas I had never thought of. Excellent!

anonymous 6 years ago

Great Lens! These tips not only save the Earth, they also help save money!

RichardAlvarenga 6 years ago

Really didn't know that you could donate old pens to schools. Totally did this yesterday at the local elementary school!

axus_auto 6 years ago

pretty cool. but i don't think one should reuse greeting cards!! recycle them. the rest are good though

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squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

FABULOUS lens. I absolutely being able to minimize waste but putting things into use again. I always wash my butter containers and reuse them for leftovers. So what if we all open it for putting it on toast every now and then ;) Great job!

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myraggededge 6 years ago

Well we reuse old greetings cards for gift labels and recycle the leftovers. Brilliant suggestions here. I'm glad to say we do many of them already.

Blessed :-)

anonymous 6 years ago

Love this lens! Great Job!

kt_glasses 6 years ago

cool ideas! Saving earth by doing small good deeds, and that's something more people should know!

gogy 6 years ago

If everybody would do at least 10 tips through the life, everything would be better.

WriterBuzz 6 years ago

Nice idea for a lens. Very informative. Gave you a quick thumbs up.

SofiaMann 6 years ago

Thanks for all the tips.

anonymous 6 years ago

Time to clean up the house and see what I can reuse!

Tarra99 6 years ago

back to bless this RRR lens...and feature it here: (under green) ;o) Well done!

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Asinka 6 years ago

Super presentation and great lens!

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MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

Love this. I will reuse anything as much as I can!

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artgoodman lm 6 years ago

I reuse everything I can. I haven't found anything yet that I haven't been able to find a second life for. Great lens

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Rod505 LM 6 years ago

Great tips.

dreameater 6 years ago

very cool ideas! we need to take more responsibilities for the earth right now.

ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

Great tips, doable and meaningful. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

manndtp 6 years ago

reallly nice list.

gods_grace_notes 6 years ago

I'm an avid recycler myself, so I appreciate all the green ideas I can find. You have done a great job of sharing your expertise... I love your use of the green and blue fonts! Connie

JennySui 5 years ago

Wonderful Lens! i will try to follow your tips.

leathersleepersofa 5 years ago

thanks,Nice lens

bluestonesolar 5 years ago

Thanks for the cool tips! We ought to all be doing our bit, whether or not it be recycling our trash, walking or using public transportation more repeatedly or trying to be more economical with the power we consume.

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ChrisDay LM 5 years ago

Great stuff - we all have to do our bit - consumerism and waste are out of control.

pearlSKY 5 years ago

I love your lens... I recycle or reuse or breath new life into everything... my friends and family say that if I throw away anything, it is not worth looking at! (I learned a lot of my tricks from my parents, who were immigrants and did the same.) My father even reused bent and rusty nails... I think that in today's society most people are too eager to discard and buy new... rather than buy quality and make it into a "future antique".

Recycle your old Bread - when it is no longer edible, put it outside for the birds! (they will keep coming back for more and you will have just adopted your own new pets!)

Old Glass & Plastic Jars - Make great containers for keeping nuts and bolts, nails and small tools in full view and protected from moisture in the Garage.

College-Girl 5 years ago

Very innovative ways to reuse different stuffs. Nice useful lens.

GrinningFool 5 years ago

Always good to get more ideas on things to reuse!

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JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

What wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing them. =D

cherangelry lm 5 years ago

Very nice lens, thanks for the great ideas!

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WebIsFun 5 years ago

great ideas!

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Mickie Gee 5 years ago

I just created a lens about "Repurposing Books". Check it out and let me know what you think, Dan.

FYI Blessed your lens on 2/14/2011

SolutionInYou 5 years ago

I like your lenses because they promote the only effective way we can improve our environment--one individual at a time choosing to do things more wisely. Your lens is full of great ideas about how to do this. Thanks!!!

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jackieb99 5 years ago

An excellent site, you certainly deserve the purple star!

golfspice 5 years ago

Great topic - The only way to go is GREEN!

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Tiggered 5 years ago

Bunch of really good ideas :)

I'm turning plastic bottles into flower pots.

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kimbesa2 5 years ago from USA

Thanks again...also angel blessed! Earth Day is coming, and we all need to know these things, so we can integrate them into day to day life!

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OrganicMom247 5 years ago

I always bring my old towels, sheets and blankets to the animal shelters, oh my gosh they are always so thankful

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mattseefood lm 5 years ago

Very informational! I'll try to use some of your tips for myself :) Thanks a lot

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pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

This is a good lens. It helps you to save money and save our environment.

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tvyps 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Interesting lens. I have one, a little more silly at times, DUMPSTER DIVING FOR FOOD AND PROFIT...ha!

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FunkyJewelleryUK 5 years ago

Great lens! I make jewellery using recycled products, so I am all for green living! Great stuff :)

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bames24 lm 5 years ago

great ideas... we try to re-use as much as we can at home and your lens gave me new ideas.. :)

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pimbels lm 5 years ago

Great lens. Thank ou for sharing.

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MarkBentley 5 years ago

It is always great to see more people reusing things rather than just throwing them way! Thanks for encouraging it!

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whOoper 5 years ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hahahaha no i am also a rescurer

donnetted 5 years ago from South Africa

Thank you, great information.

AigulErali 5 years ago

Wonderful ideas! Thumbs up.

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TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

Great points!

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ForestBear LM 5 years ago

Great tips! good to be reminded.

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deanna6812 5 years ago

One thing that I have learned can be reused are egg cartons. I have family and friends save them up, and we bring them to our local organic grocery store. This store buys flats of eggs, not in cartons, and you pay per egg, so they put out the egg cartons for customers to fill themselves with the eggs of their choice.

NZHarris 5 years ago

I am huge fan of this lens!!

When the handles off my coffee mugs break beyond repair, I used the mugs as a little plant potter!

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dahlia369 5 years ago

@deanna6812: Same here, I always take all the egg cartons back to the places where I buy local cage-free eggs. At one of the places I think I even started this custom and now more and more people are joining in... :)

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dahlia369 5 years ago

Nice lens. Blessed! :)

EmpowerLiberty 5 years ago

Rechargeable batteries are a great way to reduce waste and to save some $$

4StarCleaning 5 years ago

Wow, who knew you can reuse all this. Now I feel bad for throwing a lot of this stuff in the garbage.

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hsschulte 5 years ago

Returning to bless. Thanks for a wonderful reuse lens.

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Rankography 5 years ago

Great idea for a lens. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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Bob Schroeder 5 years ago

I always like good ideas on reusing what I already have. Thanks for the 50.

homerepellent 5 years ago

I love the idea of using your old keyboard as a seedling starter. It's a great prank to play on your colleagues in a bid to encourage them to go green. I'll put it to good use.



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MoonMaa 5 years ago

I recycle too and it really cuts down on the amount of garbage that I have. Thanks for the tips!

Buchamar 5 years ago

I love new recycling ideas! Thank you !

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wolfie10 4 years ago

awesome lens. i like to reuse thing whenever i can

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TolovajWordsmith 4 years ago from Ljubljana

Astonishing lens with extremely useful list of resources. Bookmarked!

leeleon 4 years ago

Nice lens. Welcome to see recycling lens. Thanks.

anonymous 4 years ago

well written and well done on awareness to recycling. I'm not as avid as I could be but I don't want to be so avid that I'm stupid about it. thanks for sharing and letter your readers read about this, it is important.

poofpatch 4 years ago

Great idea ! The links are helpful too.

poofpatch 4 years ago

Great idea ! The links are helpful too.

SteveKaye 4 years ago

This info makes it easy for others to adopt money saving practices that also preserve our environment. Thank you for making this lens.

shailvy baranwal 22 months ago

fantastic ideas!!!!!!

Nadine 21 months ago

Please do not follow #30 by recycling bread for any birds! It is dangerous to them as it does not contain the nutritional value of their normal food sources. It causes them to feel full, but starve from a lack of substantial nourishment. It's the equivalent of your parents feeding you chips for every meal as a kid. On a side note a lot of these are really great reuse and recycle ideas!!

best 19 months ago

good job

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chi chi chioma 3 weeks ago

great ideas hgere

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