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16 Repurposing Ideas to Help You Waste Less and Save More

As we’ve adjusted to economic mistrust brought on by the pandemic and evolving new consumption habits, the “waste-not, want-not” mentality has come back into play.

But actually, “waste-not, want-not” -- known today as “upcycling” or “repurposing” -- is simply common sense, such as using plastic grocery pockets to string the bathroom trash.

But that’s time the beginning of what you can do with your scrap. We’ve collected some other repurposing meanings that can save you trips to the store, save you some money and even save( some of) your normality.

To Entertain Your Kids( or Your Kids-at-Heart) This photo shows cardboard toilet paper tubes repurposed as a necklace. 1. Toilet Paper Tubes

Rolls of toilet paper have tubings that, formerly decorated with crayons and stickers, can become kazoos or village representatives of towers.

Cut decorated tubes into smaller sections to create beadings to string on a piece of garden or braid for a pendant. The Internet has many more suggestions for deviou adolescents of all ages.

2. Produce Boxes

Strawberries, blueberries and other raise come in plastic containers that have open incisions on the sides. These can attain enormous shower playthings because ocean pours out of them like a sieve, which can create the perfect cascade or rain forest.

3. Holiday Cards

If you have aged Christmas posters backpack away, swipe a puncture in the region of each one and loop them together with a fibre or metal reverberating. Now you’ve made a book for little ones who love to look at photos, especially of other children.

4. Cardboard Boxes

Your Amazon delivery containers is likely to be stacked to create mansions for Barbies or stuffed animals.

Here’s another option: Cut the bottoms out of caskets large enough to fit around their own children. Help them embellish the boxes to look like a car, then use fibre or ribbon to create suspenders. Now you can hold speed-walking or racing auto scoots in the backyard or living room.

To Use Around the House 5. Netted Produce Bags

The webbed pocket that holds produce can be scrunched up to clean a really messy pot or two before you throw it away.

6. Broccoli Rubber Bands

Those thick rubber band that be coming back assortments of broccoli are great “chip clips” to close bags of food or a hair-tie in a pinch.

7. Plastic Food Containers

The plastic tubs used for food like yogurt and hummus can represent immense storage containers. There’s certainly no need to ever pay for brand-new plastic containers. By the time the lids are a little warped from the dishwasher, you can recycle them and start using the next round of empty-bellied food containers.

8. Old Towels and T-Shirts

Old towels and T-shirts with blots can’t be gifted, so use them as dish towels or rags.

You can also chipped them into divests and braid them to make a grind doll for your pooch.

9. Empty Shoe Boxes

If you have the time and force to reorganize, exploit evacuate shoe boxes or smaller send chests to create drawer organizers. The boxes’ height can be cut to fit drawers if needed.

10. Muffin Tins

One of the extra muffin tins that crowds your kitchen cabinet is perfect for organizing jewelry.


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To Take Care of Your Yard 11. Wine Bottles

Fill a wine bottle with sea, wildflowers and greenery to make a deck, porch or the front steps a little more inviting.

12. Two-Liter Bottle

An empty two-liter soda bottle can be converted into an easy, light-colored watering can for the additional landscaping you put in during the first weekend of social distancing.

13. Old Sheet In this photo, an old sheet is repurposed as a bag for yard leaves.

When raking up accumulations of needles, pile them onto an old-fashioned sheet, pull the four regions together and take to the trash or mulch stilt. The expanse can be used over and over so you won’t need to buy lawn and foliage containers, trash bags or even a wheelbarrow.

To Take Care of Yourself 14. Water Bottles

Fill empty water bottles with beach or stones for mitt loads. Plus here are more impressions for meeting homemade values and other DIY fitness gear.

15. Old Bras

A cup from an age-old bra obliges for a great mask. And here are three more ways to make a DIY mask with fabrics you already have.

16. Cucumbers

Cucumber slices soothe eyes the hell is tightened from binge-watching “Bridgerton.” Don’t stop there: We have even more inexpensive suggestions for a DIY spa day.

Katherine Snow Smith is a major novelist at The Penny Hoarder.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which assists millions of books worldwide give and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal narrations, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 graded The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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