Repurposing old items into new

With the world pushing to become more eco-friendly, it’s important to make small changes in your household. You could reuse and repurpose items that you would have previously thrown away and bought new items. You can take steps to improve our environment and your bank account by repurposing the old into the new. 

Global warming has been declared a climate emergency, and waste is quickly filling up landfills across the globe. Make sustainability a priority in your life and prevent unnecessary amounts of waste from your household.

Here are a few ways you can give your old belongings a new lease of life.

Keep your takeout containers.

The next time you get a takeaway from your local Indian or Chinese, keep the takeout boxes. Plastic Tupperware always comes in handy for school lunches, meal prep and storing leftovers. The only downside is you will have to do a little washing up after your takeaway – but it’s a small price to pay for a new set of Tupperware. 

Crush things into something new

Some items in your home have probably seen better days. Invest in a hydraulic press to crush your old items into something entirely new. You can flatten down old metal into thin sheets to use in DIY projects around the house. Or flatten pulp from cardboard boxes to make your own paper – now that’s what we call sustainability!

Making it useful and unique

DIY projects can often lead to a whole host of useless items. Remember that bowl you moulded from clay once and that strange painting on the wall. Repurposing gives you a chance to enjoy DIY while also producing something useful. You can create unique furniture by reupholstering a sofa or headboard. You could repaint your old ladder and use it as a shelving unit for books, plants, and ornaments. 

Make sustainable fashion choices.

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to waste. Your wardrobe can withstand the test of time if you choose good quality fabrics and classic designs. Stop shopping from fast fashion brands, which sell affordable trend pieces, and start opting for higher-quality investment pieces. 

If you need to declutter, pack up a bag for the charity shop and donate your old clothing. There may be some items you can’t donate because they’re damaged or stained. Donate these to your local clothing bank instead. 

Sustainability is easy to incorporate into your lifestyle with just a few changes.


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