Follow this guide and find out all the things you don't really need to throw away. Unlocking the hidden potential in these items will help save you money and the environment.
While it may not be salvageable for a recipe, don't just toss it in your garbage pale. Instead compost it and give your garden
some organic material that will improve the soil and fend off plant diseases.
Hanging on to extra paint from DIY-ing your walls is always a good idea. You never know when you'll want to touch up your
walls. You can even use that leftover paint on smaller projects like giving a jolt of new life to pieces of furniture.
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Next time you get take out or food delivered in plastic containers, wash them and reuse them as tupperware rather than throwing
them out in the trash.
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Red and white wines are generally good for up to three days after re-corking, but if you have a hard time finishing it with
such a short deadline you don't have to part ways for good. Cooking with it is an option, adding wine to soups, sauces and
marinades will add a fuller bodied flavor to most dishes. If you think you won't be able to cook with it relatively soon,
freeze it in an ice cube tray for future use.
Instead of trashing your old cell phone when you replace it, consider recycling it or better yet hang on to it. You never
know when you'll be in a bind (lost phone anyone?) and need a cell phone in a pinch.
While recycling this is a good idea, hanging on to it is too. Newspaper, especially the colorful Sunday comics section makes great wrapping paper.
A leaky garden hose may seem like a bum tool, but if you poke some more holes in it and put a cap on the end, you've got an
easy irrigation system for your garden -- so much cheaper than installing sprinklers! Just make sure you label it so you know
which hose is which.
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If you let bread go stale before you're able to use it, that's ok! Stale breads are perfect for making bread pudding (try our Double Chocolate Bread Pudding or our White Chocolate Cranberry Bread Pudding). You can also use it to make some homemade bread crumbs: chop it up, drizzle with olive oil and some italian seasonings and bake in the oven at 300°F until lightly browned.
Receiving junk mail is frustrating and not only is throwing it out a no-no, but it could also put you at risk for identity
theft. Instead of tossing unwanted mail, shred it and use it as packing filler (in place of styrofoam peanuts) or simply recycle