When it No Longer Works, Use it for Something Else

Reader Contribution by Ed Essex
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We talk a lot about recycling. In most cases that means turning something in to be demolished and made into another product, but what about reusing a product for something else?

Living off-grid has helped make Laurie and me more aware of what we purchase and how we dispose of those items that have outlived their usefulness. There is no recycle program (to speak of) where we live due to a low population density and the distances that the recycle haulers have to go to service our community. It just isn’t cost-effective.

One of the ways we’ve learned to reduce our trash is to reuse an item or change the use of the item. If it no longer works for one thing, change the use to something else.

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