One of the best ways to recycle responsibly, and save a few bucks at the same time, is to find a second life for something you might otherwise toss in the trash.
Some ideas are pretty well-known, like using plastic grocery bags for trashcan liners and the lid from a liquid detergent container for measuring cup or a biscuit cutter. So, when a reader sends in a tip for how to use “this for that,” that I’ve not heard of before—or an idea for how to use something I have already to avoid buying something I don’t—that reader gets my attention!
BREAD TABS. Save those little plastic bread tabs to use as labels to mark various power cords, especially the ones in remote places such as behind the entertainment center. Use a permanent marker to write “Printer” or “DVD,” etc. on the tab that ready to slip onto the cord. Tom
CARPET THE GARDEN. We have a mole problem in our neighborhood and the critters get into everything, leaving lovely mole-hills all over our lawn! My neighbor placed old pieces of carpet, fuzzy side down, on the bottom of his garden boxes with the dirt on top. It works great because moles dig but they don’t chew. In 15 years, he has never had moles munching on his veggies. We are planning to replace the carpet in our sons’ room with laminate and now we have a use for the old carpet. Katrina