Ever feel like your house is cluttered enough to be featured on TLC’s Hoarders? I’ll admit, I am often guilty of keeping unwanted and unused items for fear of tossing them in the garbage. What if there was a way to repurpose your random knick knacks for good? Check out these five options for products I’m sure you have lying around:
- Blue Jeans—Donating blue jeans to Goodwill is always a great option, but if you have a few pairs that are too ragged for others to wear, turn them into insulation for Habitat for Humanity homes! Check out Cotton®’s From Blue to Green program to mail-in your old pairs.
- Wine Corks & Bottles —Wine is essentially a no-waste beverage! Its bottle can be easily recycled at your nearest recycling center, while its corks can be recycled through programs like ReCork.org. Check out their web site for acceptance centers near you. Personally, I recycle mine at Whole Foods!
- Crayons—At the National Crayon Recycling Program, America’s favorite art tool is taken very seriously. Having diverted more than 47,000 pounds of crayons out of our nation’s landfills, this organization accepts your broken and unwanted colors to recycle into new crayons.
- Surfboards—Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I have longboards and shortboards laying around that I have either grown out of or replaced. ReRip.com accepts surfboards in all conditions—reusing them as additives for asphalt and concrete, rental boards, and even beach art.
- Golf Balls & Clubs —Since 2008, Bunkers in Baghdad has collected used golf balls and golf clubs for our Military Heroes in 21 countries and various Wounded Warrior Programs. This past month, they reached over four million golf balls donated! Have some spare balls or clubs lying around? Check out this awesome program.
Have any tips on repurposing other used or unwanted items? Let us know by commenting below or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. DING! You are now free to be Green!