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Inspiring Re Use in Your Community

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Reduce,reuse, recycle – a mantra we have been hearing for years now. The recycling bit? We are all getting better at that and the reduce part is catching on as well. The reuse? Still needs some work. Here are some great ways you(yes, humble little you) can inspire reuse in your community and really make a difference to feel good about.

Freecycle not RecycleFreecycle is an amazing website that lets users (both individuals and businesses) post items they no longer need. Items are dispersed free of charge on a first come first served basis so as soon as you spot someone’s trash that in fact you would consider a treasure get your request in right way.

Post on Craigslist –  Freecycle can be a little hit-or-miss, since your emails might not get answered right away. For a faster response (and a way to maybe make a buck or two) post your unwanted goods on Craigslist. No you won’t get rich (Craigslist enthusiasts are the ultimate bargain hunters) but you’ll brighten someone else’s day and keep those old cell phones/CDs/dog eared paperbacks out of the local landfill.

Start a Book and Magazine exchange – Personally I  love readingmagazines of all kinds but really how many times can I read about Lindsay Lohan’s adventures (as salacious as they are) And do you really need that stack of Newsweeks that have been sitting next to the toilet for months? Once you have read your magazine pass it on to a neighbor to enjoy as well. The same holds true for those summer beach books.

Many communities have now set up formal book and magazine exchanges at places like the post office or local grocery store. It’s a great way to reuse and to get more people doing a bit of old fashioned reading in the computer age.

Frequent your Local Thrift store – When you have that bi annual clean out of the closets, garage, attic or whatever don’t throw the good stuff away (clothes, toys, the computer monitor you upgraded from last month) If they are in good, useable shape take them down to your local thrift store instead. The charities they usually serve get money when they sell the items, and someone else in the area gets a great bargain.

And fashionistas, don’t be thrift store snobs. I am a frequent (and well-practiced) thrift store shopper and the clothing I have scored on some of those trips is the kind I couldn’t afford in a month of Sundays. All it takes is a keen eye and the patience to go through the racks.

Have more ideas to share to help encourage reuse in the community? Share them at Tip the Planet– the green wiki that is growing and educating people in the art of environmental responsibility every day, thanks to people like you.