The Three R's - Reuse

The next item on the list of primary and essential ways to follow green living and lessen your footprint on the earth is also simple: Reuse.

By reusing things that have further use to you or someone you know, you pass on and increase that item’s value. Reusing your belongings, possessions, etc is very easy and does not have to take up a lot of time or space. It may actually save you both.

Examples of choosing to reuse

For example, instead of using single use paper towels, grab a cloth rag. You will be able to use that one rag infinite times more than you could dream of using a paper towel. They are not even comparable in cost, as you have to buy paper towel, but you can make a rag out of any piece of fabric. Another example, instead of buying the single serving size cups of yogurt for your lunch, invest a few dollars into small reusable containers (I’ll bet you can find some at your local second hand store!); this will allow you to spend less money on the larger tubs of yogurt (way cheaper by weight/volume) and you’ll get enough to last you longer.

There are a few other obvious examples of reuse, such as investing in a stainless steel water bottle and stop buying bottled water, or bring a set of utensils with you when you go out for lunch so that you don’t have to get the single use plastic utensils. Countless options for you to follow that will lower your impact on the environment exist, all you have to do is pick one and get started!

Find a way to take something that you were going to throw in the garbage to either make it into something new, or to reuse it. Challenge yourself a little bit every day. Don’t be afraid to try new things, you might find something that was more efficient than you imagined!

Good example of a chronic reuser

If you want some very fantastic and interesting ways to reuse objects, check out Rob’s World. Every few days he posts a new project that he’s just completed, and honestly it’s all pretty simple stuff. Not only that, but you can guarantee that no one else will have the exact same copy of what he has made.

Spend your shopping dollars where it counts

My favourite method of following reuse is by choosing where to shop. Whenever possible, I choose second-hand stores (such as Value Village, but not the Salvation Army) because that will keep these items from being trashed. These items that are donated to these stores are still perfectly good. The clothes are still (usually) in great shape, the utensils and dishes often unique and elegant. You can also find some very high quality vintage items for dirt cheap. Not to mention supplies for just about any do-it-yourself project!

Continue the second-hand cycle by donating your goods that you no longer needs to your local second-hand store (again, try to avoid the Salvation Army) so that someone else may be able to make good use of your old treasures. When you are slowly decluttering your home and life of excess stuff, drop the items that are still good off there. Clothes that don’t fit anymore, or that you just don’t like, drop them off. Continue to fuel the circle, and it will continue to provide for you.

Peace and serenity,

Simply Me

This post is part of a series. Part 1 - Reduce and Part 3 - Recycle

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