Reuse & Repurpose This!

When I made 3 separate purchases in one day at a very popular online shopping site, I realized I may have a problem. It’s very easy to get stuck in a pattern of making purchases that you think you need. But, in my recent effort to reduce waste, there is no denying the fact that I need to start at the beginning…..with buying less stuff.

I never considered myself an impulse shopper. Recently, my husband and I have been keeping a tally of all of our purchases on a whiteboard each month to actually “see” all the things we buy and spend money on. It’s eye opening for your budget and for your pattern of spending. Do I REALLY NEED ALL THIS STUFF? No. My house is being considered for an episode of Hoarders.

So I decided I need to reduce my spending to save some money and produce less waste, but what do I do about all the stuff I already have?

This is where reuse and repurpose comes into play. There are some creative people out there that magically transform old candle jars and wood pallets into home decor and furniture. I have no idea how they think of it, but I am not going to complain. Finding a new use for an old item satisfies my need for new and fresh items without adding to more waste.

You may think that this isn’t that big of a deal, but let’s really dive deep into what kind of impact Reusing and Repurposing has on our world….

  • Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
  • Helps sustain the environment for future generations
  • Saves money
  • Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Allows products to be used to their fullest extent

That’s quite a big impact, isn’t it? Just think about how much you can do for Mother Earth by just reusing, repurposing and recycling!

So, let’s get creative. Here are some incredible ideas to help you get started. It’s all about just looking at the items in your house in a different way. Instead of seeing trash, see treasure….see possibilities.

  • Buy used – there are tons of consignment shops/websites
  • Purchase items with less packaging – & bring your own reusable bags!
  • DONATE! – do you have Freecycle in your town?
  • Repair products before throwing away – do some research before giving up (check out Youtube) and FYI, we all need to learn to sew a dang button. It’s a life skill. Period.
  • Choose reusable products instead of disposable – you can even carry your own reusable mugs, utensils, etc…

Before you throw something away, give it another look. Repurposing items feels so good because you aren’t throwing something away, you aren’t spending money on something new and because YOU did it yourself. That is definitely trash to treasure.

Want some fun ideas? Check out these from Pinterest!! Share your own below!

4 Comments on “Reuse & Repurpose This!

  1. After three major moves in 5 years you learn to shop differently. I realized i don’t need any “stuff”. some things i put away and then when i feel like i need to re-decorate to change things up i know i already have them. Plus i unloaded so many things, and continue to do so- through donation and giving to other friends who need them. the best part it that i don’t hit that “buy” button the same way and i don’t walk out of Target with a bunch of random items. We haven’t even been in our house two years and I am about to do another giant purge to donate, it feels so good. shopping less feels even better. I didn’t buy “stuff” for three years.

  2. We went through the kids’ playroom and we now have a huge collection of games and toys that we are going to put in a yard sale in the spring. They can collect the money and we get rid of a lot of clutter. Plus we aren’t throwing it all away. Win! Win!

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