If you’re on this page, it means you’ve been looking for some good and easy tips to recycle and reuse at home.
Recycling is easy and it doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. You just need to start somewhere.
Here’s a list of 9 tips to help you keep your bins lighter.
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1. Compost your food waste
All you need is a container with a lid and all the food waste you can fit in it.
Be careful! Meat, bones, dairy, grease and oils are a no-no! Not only your compost will smell like hell, but it will also attract maggots and rodents. Use peels, seeds, fruits and vegetables only!
2. Re-plant vegetablesPotatoes, heart lettuce, avocado, onions, garlic, you can pretty much re-plant anything you can think of. There are books that can teach you everything you need to know about how to re-plant vegetables and re-nourish your mind and your body.
3. Re-use containers
Speaking about re-planting, how about using some containers you got stuck with on your last trip to the grocery store? An egg carton is great to start planting tomato seeds in, yogurt plastic containers are perfect for succulents, just make sure you make some holes at the bottom so the water can go out.
Everything that has a lid can store things to prevent them from drying. Glass bottles make great candlestick holders. And that’s just a few to mention!
4. Make your own cleaning products
Have you looked at the label on most cleaning products? That is a long list of ingredients and most of them are quite harmful for us and the environment.
Water, lemons, bicarbonate of soda, essential oils or perfume are a few of the most common ingredients found in homemade recipes for cleaning products.
5. Put the bag of bags to good use
Are you guilty of having that bag filled with other bags at home? It’s time to say bye-bye! And put it to good use, finally!
The easiest thing to do is to use it and re-use it as a bin bag. But there’s so many other things you can do: they can be transformed into coin bags, rugs, even plant pots!
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6. Make your own beauty products
Facemasks are so easy to do with only 3 ingredients: avocado, egg white, honey is just one example. Out of shampoo and conditioner? No problem! Keep the containers and make your own. Your own natural make-up remover is probably the easiest thing in the world to do.
7. Re-purpose those old t-shirts
You’ve probably done that deep cleaning and clothes re-organising in the first couple of weeks of lockdown too, didn’t you? And there are probably quite a few items in that “maybe someday” pile that can be put to good use. Make a bathroom rug, a shopping bag, a headband, pom-poms… The list can be so long!
8. Re-use old candles
Old candles can be re-used in so many different ways: melt them into a big one, use the was as a pincushion, stop a door from squeaking, rub it on a stuck zipper, fill in gaps and holes around window and doors, waterproof shoes.
9. Junk mail doesn’t have to be junk anymore
We all know paper is very much recyclable, but did you know you can make your own paper out of scrap paper? It won’t be good for your printer, but good enough to write letters, thank you notes or bind it into a cool diary. The video below will show you exactly how.
How do you keep your waste to the minimum?
Let us know in the comments if you have a special or interesting way of reducing waste at home that we haven't covered.
About the author
Adela loves researching and writing about sustainability! Her passion for ethical living started early in her childhood, being born and raised in a beautiful remote village in Romania, where life was much simpler. Life took her to the great city of London where she discovered that sustainability in a big city is not only needed but also possible. When she’s not at her desk , she loves discovering hidden gems of London and travel to unique places.