Got a Jar?
There are tons of ways to reuse those Jelly jars, pickle jars, pasta jars, salsa jars, cheese dip jars, sauerkraut jars, mustard jars, any jar you can imagine. Here are some ways how:
***Decorate a jar with cardboard, bottle caps, can tops, some felt, and perhaps a cotton ball to make a jar circus of fuzzy critters. Fill it with candy and wrap it up to give as a christmas gift.
Trash or Treasures?
Do you have clothes falling out of your closet?
Still have that old appliance you know you're never going to use?
How about those last season shoes you'll never wear again?
Virtually all the resources flowing through the materials economy eventually end up as waste to be disposed somewhere, usually dumped or burned or recovered for recycling. As the volume and toxicity of waste grows, recycling can't solve the whole problem. To learn more about what you can do as a consumer, a worker, and/or simply a member of the global environment, check out The Story of Stuff, and the helpful tips included in the site: http://www.storyofstuff.com/
Skip the trip to the mall, and try opening the doors to some awesome thrift stores! Memphis has a cornucopia of second-hand shops, thrift stores, and consignment boutiques. Here is a list of the most popular thrift stores in the Memphis area. You can shop 'til you drop, or drop off some unwanted clothes, furniture, books, toys, or miscellaneous items while you're there.
Disabled American Veterans:
============================================================================================================================================Do Something Useful With Old Athletic Shoes
*It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unworn shoes lying in their closets* - (http://www.soles4souls.org)
Instead of this large amount of shoes going to landfills, we can recycle shoes for greater purposes
Ø Pass them onto a shoe recycling center that donates locally or to other countries where people are in need of this necessity
o Programs include:
§ Shoes for Africa
§ Helping Hands Shoe Bank
§ Running Wild
Ø Donate them to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program, where shoes are recycled into material called Nike Grind
o this material is used to create playground and athletic surfaces
o only athletic shoes can be recycled (no metals or spikes) where the rubber from the outsole, foam from the midsole and fabric from the upper shoe are all recycled
o if no Nike location is nearby, you can mail in your shoes
o for more information, visit http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/how-it-works/faq
Participate in the Donate-A-Shoe Program at Breakaway Running Athletics Store in Midtown Memphis (1997 Union Avenue)
o these shoes go towards local charity organizations including Idlewild Presbyterian's "More Than a Meal" program, First Presbyterian Church's Clothes Closet and Memphis Leadership Foundation's "Refugee Empowerment" program
o the store offers a $10 discount on a new pair to each individual who donates a pair of shoes
o shoes should have following: not be more than 500 miles worn in, no large holes. intact shoelaces, not excessively dirty
o for more information about this project, read this article http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/nov/14/easier-streets
Are You An Avid Reader?
Trade books online (good option for those who especially like to own personal copies of books) :
v No membership fee
v First three sites only make you pay for postage on books being sent
v The last site only makes you pay for books you received - so if you have a lot of books you want to give away, you don’t have to pay for all the postage J
v Earn credit points for each time you swap books and use them to redeem books
v You can do a “pay-it-forward approach” at bookcrossing.com, where you post online what public place (i.e. coffee shop, park bench) you are leaving a book so someone else can pick it up
v Purchase a portable eBook reader
v Project Gutenberg, http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page , lets you read free online books with over 25,000 title selections
v To save paper, try audio books
v Start using your library card
v Go to used bookstores and thrift stores
v For more alternatives, check out this website: http://blogs.moneycentral.msn.com/smartspending/archive/2008/02/18/10-ways-to-save-money-on-books.aspx
Be Creative With Old CD/DVDs!
Unfortunately, Memphis does not have any cd recycling centers. Consequently, an increased number of cds are thrown away and eventually end up in landfills or incinerated (causing air pollution). Until a recycling system gets implemented, we could use some creative ideas and do something neat with them! The following are some suggestions:
Ø Make coasters out of them! Just decorate them with miscellaneous materials (i.e. felt, magazine clippings) and paint.
ü Use rubber bumpers on bottom to make them less slipperymore suggestions and tips
Ø Make a fun clock! Just decorate, add numbers, and add clockworks.
ü Go to http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-CD-Clock/ for exact details of putting one together.
ü Refer to http://www.instructables.com/id/headphone-holder/
Ø Do your parents have fruit trees in their backyard? Hang cds from the tree to keep birds from eating your precious fruit!
Ø Need to practice your rifle shooting skills? Apparently, one internet user claims that cds are good for shooting targets instead of using clay targets.
Ø Have a small paint project but don’t know where to put the paint? Use an old cd to put small amounts of paint on!
Ø For other ideas, go to http://www.internetfamilyfun.com/recyclecds.htm.
“When compacts discs are placed in the trash, it is harmful to the environment. When discs are recycled properly, it will help stop unnecessary pollution, conserve natural resources, and slow global warming. The plastic used in compact discs can be recycled into other everyday items, including household products, building materials, and auto parts.”
–spokesman from cdrecyclingcenter.org