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Personally, I’m a big fan of recycling. At home, I’m the one who constantly reminds every member of the family where does the plastic, paper and aluminum goes. For me, it is the responsible thing to do.

But reusing is the only one thing I haven’t mastered yet!!!! So, I decided to do some research about the subject. And to my surprise, reusing goes beyond paper bags. Who knew?! I discovered a bunch of cool ideas, simple steps and handy repair tips to keep what’s old out of landfills. Some of my finds were very basic, but overall most of the projects encouraged you to use your imagination and create; making the process a fun experience that can be shared with others… and you can be proud of.

Although some of the ideas might seem time consuming and considering the amount of time we have available after work, shopping, eating, etc. – these DIY projects can lead to a business venture. Many entrepreneurs have taken it to the next level by creating an online shop at – An online shop where everything is handmade or vintage.

So, before you toss your old light bulbs or try to get $2 at a garage sale for your old door knobs; think about what can you do with those items. How fun it will be to explore your talents and to end up with something new without going shopping.

Here are some interesting facts about recycling:
1. The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
2. In 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the Earth 24 times.
3. Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
4. We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million cars off the road.
5. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.

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