alternatives to throwing things away
hey! this post is just a list of ideas; it’s not complete & i would appreciate add-ons. however, if you’re looking to save money, be more environmentally friendly, or even just get rid of stuff while moving, i think this could get you started.
- recycle: do a little research: many urban areas have recycling service, but in rural areas this can be harder. however, you can save/collect your waste & bring it to recycling facilities. google whether there is a hard-to-recycle material center in your area. good for paper, plastic, glass, metal, & some locations accept materials like foam.
- donate & share: if the items you have are obsolete for you personally but functional, you can donate them. there are options like thrift stores, good for still-useable items of any kind, but those aren’t the only potential recipients: depending on what you have to donate, you could give to libraries, creative reuse centers (google this one! they’re basically thrift stores for art supplies), or schools. individuals work too: sharing in your community is free & will probably make you friends.
- sell: rather than just getting rid of things, you can sell them for a discount to people who need them. in person, pawn shops & consignment stores can easily be found on google, or even just having a yard sale. online, there are many marketplaces for this type of thing; the best known are ebay & craigslist. the items get a longer lifespan with their second owner, & you get some extra cash.
- reuse: this isn’t just in the classical sense, although things like canvas shopping bags are excellent. before you throw something away, look for nontraditional uses for it: a glass bottle becomes a vase, if you don’t throw it out. look creatively at things you might consider waste.
- repair: this is a skill. it can be time-consuming to learn, but it’s helpful to know how to sew & how to fix appliances. these skills can be learned from others if you have someone who already knows, or online. youtube is full of tutorials.
- reduce: ask yourself before purchasing or something new, “do i need this? what will i do with this once i’m done? what can i substitute for this? will this object become obsolete or break quickly?” try to be efficient with your use of resources; “disposable” is often a lie.
that’s all i’ve got, but feel free to add on! try to practice this as often as you can, so that eventually it becomes habit.