Celebrate Earth Day by Repurposing: 8 Ways to Reuse Common Household items

Celebrate Earth Day by Repurposing: 8 Ways to Reuse Common Household itemsEarth Day is on April 22 and what better way to celebrate than by learning some new ways to reuse common household items to reduce waste? The first Earth Day was in 1970 and now it’s celebrated by 190 countries as a way to show appreciation for the environment and recognize the issues that threaten it.

At AssuredPartners NL, we try to do our part to take care of the world around us and we want to share some simple ways you can repurpose common household items so that they have a second life.  When you repurpose something it means you find another life for it instead of throwing it away. This is an important because the average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste each day, up by 1.6 lbs since 1960.

Take a look at some of the ways you can reuse some everyday items, from Center for Sustainability and Commerce at Duke University and Real Simple Magazine:

  1. Aluminum Foil can be used as a scrubbing brush for the grill.  Wrap the used foil around a spatula several times and use to clean the grill.
  2. Egg cartons can be used as seed starting containers.
  3. Yoga mats can be easily cut to specific sizes to use as a doormat in a garage or to put shoes on in a mud room.
  4. Used tea bags are a good way to deodorize kitchen surfaces. Simply rub wet tea leaves on cutting boards and counters to remove food odors.
  5. Newspapers can be used to clean glass. Just use with glass cleaner for a great shine.
  6. Cereal bags can be washed out and used to store bread crumbs, baked goods, and many other items.
  7. Old CDs and DVDs can be used as paint palates for art projects.
  8. Empty tissue boxes are a good place to store your plastic bags so they are easily accessible to use again.

These tips are good for the earth and they may even simplify your life a bit. Another step you can take to simplify your life is to ask an agent at AssuredPartners NL to review your insurance policies. It’s a good idea to review your policies every year to make sure you have coverage that fits your life. Contact us at 888-702-0901 and we will be happy to review with you.

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