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article imageRecycling in the home to save money and the environment

By Anne Sewell     Jun 25, 2014 in Environment
The sheer quantity of garbage in this world is horrendous. Landfills, covered in glass, plastic, food leftovers and more, blight our landscapes. What we need to do is recycle our trash, not only to save the environment, but also to save a few bucks.
Many of us just dump all the trash, mixed together in a bag, in our garbage bins. With a little effort, all this trash could be separated, placed in the appropriate recycling bin and live to see another useful day.
Do you have a garden? Read up on how to make a compost heap, using your vegetable peelings, coffee grinds and more.
While it is a good idea to avoid plastic (especially shopping bags) as much as possible, recycling will help to reduce the amount of sheer, unadulterated plastic junk in this world. Recycling glass is, of course, another excellent plan — everyone has the odd bottle or glass jar to throw away each day - put it in the glass recycling bin and let is be reused, instead of just chucked on the nearest landfill.
Paper and cardboard rubbish can head to its own appropriate bin to be reused and, as an offshoot (pardon the pun), save a few trees from being chopped down.
However, there are other ways of recycling your garbage, either as home-decor, gift-wrapping or a multitude of other uses.
Instead of buying expensive gift-wrap, either recycle existing wrapping paper (i.e. be extra careful when opening gifts you receive) or try using a heavy-duty kitchen foil, or plain brown wrapping paper, to wrap a gift, adding an attractive ribbon to brighten the whole thing up.
How about using plastic containers as planters for your herbs? As long as the container didn't have a nasty chemical stored in it, it can be trimmed and cut into the ideal plant pot for your herb garden.
Wikihow has a whole range of great ideas for reusing things to brighten up the home and the video above gives a few more really original decor tips.
Basically, if we all think first before chucking, we can make a real difference, not only in the world, but in our own homes and pockets too.
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