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Questions tagged [reuse]

Giving materials and objects an additional life by using them again, rather than [recycling] or discarding them.

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How can ceramics be recycled?

How can ceramics be recycled? Does the answer vary greatly depending on glaze or other factors, and if so, how can those factors be determined (i.e. how can I tell if a glaze contains lead or not)? ...
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Reuse or “dollar vote”?

I'm a big fan of reusing and if I really need to buy something, I buy it used. For example, I've been using second hand or refurbished phones for many years. However, while that is good for the ...
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Are any large restaurant chains pursuing better alternatives to recyclable packaging?

Yesterday Kraft Foods announced that by 2025 all of its packaging will be recyclable. (Note that while they include "reusable" and "compostable" in the announcement, they talk almost exclusively about ...
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How do I get rid of numerous small pieces of charcoal?

There's a small piece of land used for burning tree branches on bonfire (because that's the easiest way to get rid of them). Most of the material gets burnt to ashes but some of it only turns into ...
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Environmental concerns of a plastic bottle boat?

Having found several images of boats constructed primarily of plastic bottles, the boy scout within me was interested by the idea. However, I know that plastic bottles biodegrade in sunlight, and the ...
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How can I reuse or upcycle used, leftover, tiny bath soap bar bits?

After the bath soaps have been used, tiny bits remain. Note that this is not about re-using half-used or little-used soaps such as found in hotels. I am aware there are charities such as Sundara Fund ...
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How to sustainably dispose of or break down used cooking oils?

I have recently wondered what I should be doing with my used kitchen oils having seen a news article about an enormous fatberg clogging the sewer in London. Obviously putting it down the sink really ...
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Is it worth washing a plastic bag to reuse it?

As I ask myself the question and start thinking about it, I realise it might be obvious that it is worth it. But I thought I'd ask anyway as someone might have a nice analysis to share. The other day,...
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Ideas for Altoid cans?

My wife is 'addicted' to Altoids. We have hundreds of empty cans and have already recycled thousands. I was thinking I could put them to good use at home. Looking for ideas. 'altoid tins' by 'secret ...
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How can I extend the life of mobile phones that can't be used in my country anymore?

I own two "dumbphones" that are now useless in Australia because they rely on the 2G network, which is being phased out entirely this year (2017). The two phones work perfectly fine, an I'd rather ...
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Using glass bottles in walls of buildings [duplicate]

I have seen pictures of homes and buildings in dry climates were they have used glass bottles in the walls with what looks like either concrete or mud. Is this just for aesthetics? Do they provide ...
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What's the most sustainable way to re-use or dispose of meat scraps?

Given that you shouldn't put leftovers of meals that has touched meat in compost bins due to the risk of attracting vermin, what is the most sustainable way to deal with these scraps?
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How many times do you need to use a cheap re-usable bag to offset its impact?

An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal argues that many re-usable grocery bags are made using more oil than old-fashioned "single-use" plastic grocery bags. This makes sense, as quite a bit more ...
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How to clean a reusable plastic coffee cup, such as KeepCup?

I've owned a KeepCup for about a year and though I clean it after use it really is starting to stink. I've tried scrubbing it with a scouring pad and detergent and leaving it to soak overnight, but ...
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Mismatched socks? What to do with hundreds of them?

I may be unique here but over the years I have collected perhaps hundreds of mismatched socks of various sizes and colors. Some are good cotton and others are like new. Since I have a large family and ...
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How I use/clean this old SIGG bottle that makes water taste bad?

In my furnished apartment I found a 0.6 litres SIGG bottle from unknown year and previous tenant. It makes the water taste bad (not clearly a metallic taste, somewhat different or more in addition to ...
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Does the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle rule always apply?

Does the triple-R rule (or its extended version like Reduce-Reuse-Repair-Recycle) apply to everything, in that order, as the most sustainable process? Just wondering if you could think of any ...
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How to benefit from air-conditioning water

I'm doing research on the water of the air conditioning, and a dissertation on how it could be collected and where it could be used. I already started by collecting some figures and I did some ...
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Is plastic food packaging 100% reusable?

There is the prominent argument that we should buy food without plastic packaging because plastic is made of oil and thus bad. I'm wondering, however, what if the plastic packaging remains in the ...
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Reusing or recycling old CD's and DVD's

I have some stacks of old CD's and DVD's. The piles includes traditional CD's and DVD's, as well as writable and re-writable discs of various types. In order to prevent these from ending up in a ...
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How to avoid planned obsolescence when buying a second hand smartphone

Since I think buying a second hand smartphone will please the environment more than buying a new one I am planning to buy one. I already considered things like quality, battery etc. But there is still ...
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How good is it to reuse water from plant pots?

I'm living in an apartment, and after I water my plants the water goes to plates below the pots. The pots are in a metallic structure above the plates, so I can take the plates to reuse the water (...
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How can we dispose or recycle hair clippings from barber shops?

Near by my home there are barber shops where they throw hair clippings in the dustbin and when the contents are burned it gives a bad smell. How I can suggest them to properly dispose or recycle the ...
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How to account for environmental impact of second hand goods

I've been trying to understand and reduce my impact on the environment, and particularly to understand what a really sustainable lifestyle would look like. I (roughly) get the concepts of ecological ...
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When buying beer is refilling growlers better than recycling bottles and cans?

I'm trying to decide if it's worth buying all my beer in reusable growlers (32-64 oz. / 0.9-1.9 liter reusable glass containers). I live in New York, so doing so requires me to go out of my way but is ...
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Scavenging heat from exhaust flues

I am building a set of greenhouses. they will be 2700 sq.ft. each. I intend to grow year round in one and extend the season in the other two with them being dormant for 6 weeks mid winter. We will be ...
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How to fix plastic (acetate) glasses frame?

My prescription glasses has fallen on the ground... it's an Oakley Shifter 2.0 Black Smoke. Lenses are still good but the frame has broken when falling on the ground (a clean cut directly where the ...
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What are some ways to affordably furnish a temporary apartment?

I will be living in an unfurnished apartment for my final year of college. I'm a pretty handy guy with access to power tools and experience with designing my own basic (cheap) furniture. However, I'd ...
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Recycling video (VCR) tapes in the UK

Like many I have a large pile of redundant VCR tapes. We're moving house so I'm having to landfill them as the local recycling facilities won't take them. Does anyone know of a recycling (or bulk re-...
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Are there any uses for used up hair elastics so they don't end up in landfill?

I have some hair ties that have been stretched so much that they aren't stretchy anymore. I'm talking about ones that look like this: It's basically thread wrapped around elastic. The elastic inside ...
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What to do with broken nylon tights?

I happen to break some nylon tights(pantyhose) each season, is there any alternative to just throw them in the garbage? I keep a couple of them for wearing under the jeans in exceptionally cold days, ...
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How can I clean old cooking oil for use in candles?

I have a tupperware of old cooking oil in the fridge that I've been debating throwing away - but I would rather re-use it than just toss it. Can I render it and make it into jar candles? It's ...
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More uses for bacon grease

We (my family) consume good amounts of bacon which produce a lot of bacon grease. I don't like wasting anything that I could reuse or repurpose, including this. I use this byproduct in many different ...
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When bringing your own reusable bags for produce that needs weighing, what's the lightest option?

When purchasing fresh fruit and veges and other foods from the supermarket that are weighed during check out, I have tended to use the very thin plastic bags provided (when it's necessary to use a bag ...
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What does “reduce reuse recycle” actually mean?

What does the slogan/sticker "reduce reuse recycle" mean? Some people seem to use it as a list of options, others as a hierarchy. But the symbol is of a cycle, so is the order really important?
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What can I do to give second life to half-drained batteries?

Suppose I'm replacing batteries in some powerful device like a flashlight - the flashlight will not even run on those batteries but some low power device like a TV remote or a wall clock will continue ...
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Forgot rechargeable batteries in the charger

I left rechargeable AA batteries in the charger for 3 times as much as it's recommended, that is for 36 hours. Can I still use them? Did it damage them?
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Reusing, recycling or disposal of used or expired cooking oil

I have found the article How to Dispose of Cooking Oil where are these suggestions: reuse: filter and put into a freezer or a fridge for later reuse different purpose reuse: lava lamp, snow shovel ...
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How can I build a spinning wheel?

I have a large wolf-dog hybrid who sheds, a lot! I have to brush him every day. A friend came by, saw the massive amount of fur he's shedding and remarked that it would be great for spinning into ...
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How to store plastic bags for easy access?

I bring some plastic bags to my flat almost everyday. I do not throw them out, instead I reuse them on a daily basis until they wear out. But I have a problem organising them and I am yet to find a ...
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How can glass be recycled/reused locally in rural communities?

I live in a "remote" part of the USA, where it is prohibitively expensive to ship glass elsewhere for recycling. Because of the small population (the nearest city over 10k people is 110 miles away), ...
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What needs to be done to reuse newspapers for insulation?

I seen a couple of shows that were pointing newspaper as a very good insulator, that attracted my interest so I was wondering if any of you have any input on this?
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What are useful uses for orange peel?

Lately, I'm getting more or less addicted to oranges and I'm collection way too much orange peel compared to what my starting compost heap can handle.. Is there something I do with it, other than ...
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Sustainability of steel versus plastic bottles

In the article Think big, start small, it's claimed that steel bottles are more sustainable than plastic ones: If you can drink the water, travel with a refillable water bottle, preferably made ...
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Recycled and Used Fashion

After four years living in San Francisco, I'm really feeling the urge to update my wardrobe. I've never been much of a fashionista, but that's partly because of the damage I assumed caused to the ...
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How to make a fully reused/reusable plastic bottle raft?

"Recycle" is the last in reduce-reuse-recycle triad, and though it's an obvious choice for plastic bottles, there are ways to make the most of every bottle. I drink from every bottle for some time and ...
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Large-scale reuse of glass bottles

Reading some comments on the question comparing various materials from which bottles are made, the thought arose: indeed, what prevents large scale collection and reuse of glass tare? When I was ...
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Reusing buckets for flower pots?

Is reusing old food buckets as flower pots actually a good sustainability practice or a bad one since I'm ruining good buckets by poking holes in the bottoms? I get the buckets for free from my ...
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Should I reuse or recycle Ziploc bags?

I'm wondering whether I should wash and reuse my Ziploc bags or if it makes more ecological sense to bring them to a grocery store plastic recycling collection bin. Ideally at home we wash the bags ...
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How to minimise waste when making preserves safely and cheaply?

When reusing preserving jars, the most commonly available metal lids (with a rubber or soft plastic seal) are really just meant for a single use. I did find some reusable plastic lids (BPA and ...