What does it mean to reuse?
Reusing items maximizes their lifespan. During the Depression, flour and grain sacks were made with attractive patterns after manufacturers noticed that these sacks were being remade into dresses. Thrift stores are great sources for second hand items looking for a new life. Reusing is easy--we'd bet you can think of several ways you repurpose and reuse items in your own lives!
Reusing items prevents excess waste. By finding a renewable purpose for items, you help minimize not just the excess products themselves but also the energy and resources needed to produce items in the first place!
Reusables often pay for themselves in just a few months! Single-use cups and plastic utensils can be ~60x more expensive than reusable ones over time.
Ways to Reuse
Bring reusable grocery bags to the store
Use reusable bags/containers for bulk items and produce
Repurpose an old t-shirt into a cleaning rag
Use old yogurt cups or other small containers to start new plantings
Switch to rechargeable batteries
Use washable napkins, dish rags, and sponges
Learn how to mend! Sewing on a button or fixing a seam is easy and saves the waste of discarding an item that could be fixed