I hate wasting things!

@free_man (7337)
United States
April 24, 2010 1:05pm CST
I don't like wasting things. You know like those egg cartons they put your eggs in, milk jugs, plastic bags your groceries comes in, plastic bottles your soft drinks comes in. I would like to have set up a way to melt these things down and make something out of. I have been trying to get my husband to build and outside fire place so I can melt them down and make things out of it. I make trash cans out of egg cartons and use the milk jugs to make ice and the same with the plastic bottles soft drinks comes in. But I want to do more with them. So what do you do with your waste? Do you use your waste to make things out of? Give me some ideals please!
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18 responses
• India
25 Apr 10
Great man..our world needs more people like you..From now on ..I ll try my best to not waste things
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Lightknight. I love making things out of the garabage we all collect daily. It is better to use what we have then to see it in some landfill somewhere.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
24 Apr 10
I only use the bags from the grocery store to put my trash in. I put food that is no good, dirty diapers and I use them to drain excess grease or gravy in. I just will throw this in the trash can. I don't keep the bags after that. I don't throw away my shopping bags at first, because, I always need them for something. The ones that are badly torn, I will throw away. I do use the plastic bottles so that I can drink out of it by mixing a drink mix packet into an 19-oz or 20 oz bottle of water. I usually will throw away the used egg cartons, I don't have any use for them. It is great that you are using things that empty.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
24 Apr 10
Hi Cream. I use the plastic bags for trash too and we collect cans off the side of the road and I use them for that too. Like you if it is torn I throw it in our burn barrel but it would be better to make something out of the trash instead of wasting them. The egg cartons you can put together to cover those ugly trash cans.
@Wizzywig (7860)
24 Apr 10
My dad used to collect cans from the roadside when he went out walking. He raised money for Guide Dogs for the Blind by selling the aluminium ones.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
24 Apr 10
Hi Wizzy. We collect cans to supplement our income we live on disability. The junk yards will buy your tin cans too. That makes it nice so we don't have those cans with nothing to do with.
@Wizzywig (7860)
24 Apr 10
I've made 'poop scoops' from the plastic milk bottles that have handles; I use the top end of plastic bottles as funnels or for putting in pots/hanging baskets to water them; grow seedlings in egg cartons; punched holes in empty tin cans and put tealights in; made a mobile from some old pen casings and a demo disk... My mums Church group asked people to bring in items made from recycled materials & they displayed them as part of a thing they did about waste. (I have a photo but, needless to say, it wont upload) We also have good recycling facilities in ourarea. Just a thought - Would the action of melting the plastic down release fumes/chemicals that could be bad for the environment and for your own health?
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
24 Apr 10
Hi Wizzy. What some good ideals. I like that. I don't know if the fumes will hurt me that is why I want to do it outside. I won't be melting much plastic at first but I am sure if it would hurt the enviroment that the goverment wouldn't let companies melt the plastic. That is what they do with the plastic the melt it down and make new things from it. Or if you live where they don't take the recycle stuff then it sits in some landfill somewhere. I don't want landfills to be filled with stuff that can be used to make something out of it.
@Wizzywig (7860)
24 Apr 10
We're lucky because we have glass/plastic/cans/paper all collected on alternate Mondays for recycling along with all garden/food waste for composting. The non-recyclable stuff is collected on the other Mondays but there isnt usually more than a couple of small carrier bags in ours. If I can re-use something either for its original purpose or for something else I will. Local schools can often use things like egg or ceral boxes, yoghurt pots and ice cream tubs for storage/growing/paint pots/modelling - and many of our schools have their own recycling bins and encourage the children to use them.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Wizzy. I think that is great that schools do that. We don't have any local schools they are all within 15 miles of us in either direction. The local town has garbage days but we don't live in town we live out in the boonies where everyone has a dump on their own property. I wish we had a garbage service here. It just seems like no one really cares about the garbage they collect. I am from LA where we did have recycle centers and trash pick ups and it is the norm for me to care about where the trash goes. Thanks for letting me know about the schools doing this.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi freeman You sure are creative! I"m curious now. How in the world do you use egg cartons to make trash cans? What sort of things would you make out of the recycled plastic once melted? It's great that you are looking to recycle! I'm sorry I don't have any cool ideas to offer up but this is an interesting discussion. I have heard of a lady that weaves the plastic bags into door mats and sells them.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Sid. Well to make the trash can covers I just plain sew the egg cartons where the eggs sit togethere with yarn and it is a cool trash can cover. I sometimes even paint them. The plastic I could make into thick pieces of plastic and make all kinds of molding that would last a long time. I seen this on New Yankee work shop. I thought it was cool to see how they made this molding for some old house. Or make flower pots, put plastic rings around my flower beds. Would need to make a mold out of wood to form the plastic. Any ideal is better then nothing thanks Sid.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
25 Apr 10
That sounds like an interesting hobby. Great idea with the egg cartons!
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
25 Apr 10
I hate wasting things too. So the first thing I do is think and plan wisely before I purchase anything. I would ask myself if the thing I want to buy is a must, or is just for one time use, or is it possible to be borrowed from friends or relatives. By buying things wisely, I could save my budget and avoid unnecessary waste. I will use my own shopping bag instead of using the plastic bags given by the store or mall. I will use the plastic bag as the garbage disposal bag. Secondly, I will try to reuse whatever thing before throwing them away. I also segregate my garbage properly and dispose them at the nearest recycle center.
@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Cheongye. I have always thought before I buy anything. I don't buy things that I don't think I will use more then once. I like buying wisely. I was thinking more on the line of things that you have to buy groceries and sodas. I don't drink soda my husband does though so got to find a use for those soda bottles, other then just making ice. Wish we had a recycling center close but the nearest one is over 15 miles away.
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@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
25 Apr 10
I also hate wasting things coz some ways it can be useful. And to other people it means a lot to them they can sell it and exchange for money or food...in the other hand they can recycle it to make a new product like newspaper bags, etc....
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@ghieptc (2525)
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
Hello free_man! Maybe you should try to paint the glass, make it an art and you can use it a display if you want or flower vase I guess...but plastic I don't know really how.
@marmar75 (168)
• Australia
25 Apr 10
Ooh, I'm such a junk hoarder too. I feel that almost everything can be recycled, so I just keep them and try to think of ways to use them again. Even small scraps of fabric from my sister's dresses, I gathered them and knocked my brains out just to come up with a nice design and I was able to turn those fabric scraps into a beautiful patchwork skirt. I loved that skirt and even friends didn't know that I made it. They thought it was cute and they thought I bought it from the mall or something. When I told them the truth about my skirt, they were amazed. Of course, I was happy that I was able to still make use of stuff that would otherwise just be thrown away by other people.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Marmar. That was a great thing to do with fabric that would have been thrown out. I bet the skirt turned out great wish you could have put a picture of it on here. You know you may start a new trend by making stuff out of material that is no use to anyone else. What a great thing to do. I am impressed makes me want to try and make something out of the scraps I have laying around.
@stanley777 (7176)
• Philippines
25 Apr 10
I'm not sure if this really helps..My wife makes fertilizer out of biodegradable waste- like fruit peels and stuff.The egg cartons we recycle- we put other eggs in it when we buy more. Or you could make it an art if you want- paint it.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Stanley. We make fertilizer out of our biodegradable waste too. We use the egg cartons to start plants in. Thanks though those are some great ideals too!
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
25 Apr 10
I'm kind of like that, too. I hate seeing things go to waste. I've become a little OCD about recycling- I make sure every paper, box, bottle, piece of carboard, can, etc goes into the recycle bin and not the trash. I have done a couple art projects with big pieces of cardboard- recently I made a cute little house for my cat out of an old box.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Olisaur. I bet your cat loves the house you made for the cat. We don't have a recycling center even close near us. I want to make something out of the trash so it isn't just piling up. I don't like the thought of landfills filling up.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
25 Apr 10
I don't like wasting things either. I have two kids and I was working at a kindergarten school till a few months back..so I would store these things and use them for craft work at school or for my kids. I have a 'junk cupboard' where I store everything. I recently sorted it out. I'm a committee member at the apartment complex I stay at...and I just found an organization that helps us organize our waste and make use of it. They will provide a receptacle (for a fee) to collect e-waste and they will pick it up every month. The egg cartons, tetra packs, grocery bags and other dry waste can be collected and they will recycle it. The wet waste will be turned to compost with special containers that they will provide and can be used as manure in the garden and green area. They said they would buy the compost if we had more than we needed. This sounded great to me...I'm following it up tomorrow..and hopefully we will get started this month! I usually save all the glass jars we get when we buy jams and pickles and use it for storing things around the house - crayons, pencils, in the kitchen, knick knacks, screws, etc. I was just wondering, how can one make ice with the milk jugs and plastic bottles? How can we take out the ice once it is made?
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi SViswan. The ice you have to break once it is frozen we carry a cooler on our truck so we will have something to drink and our dog can drink out of the cooler. We use the small glass jars to keep screws and such in the garage so we can tell what is in them. We made a compost pile near our garden so we can turn it into the garden next year. When making the ice you shouldn't fill the jugs all the way up though they are great to put water in them so you can have ice water. Sounds like you live in a nice area.
• Philippines
25 Apr 10
me too. i hate wasting things! because i'm the kind of person who is much resourcesful with my things. If i have things left from project i want to preserve it through the years like my notebook in school if there's still page i would like to used it for another school year or if we have project i intend not to spend so much money i will look for some idea like being creative. I am more on developing things or make used of things that is already used and to make it new i give more impression to it by putting decorations.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Worldbestwriter. It is a good thing to use what we have and not waste things. Good for you.
@jologs07 (38)
25 Apr 10
There are waste material which can be useful for decorations like plastic bottles of softdrinks u can make an art of it which you can gain profit, sell them perhaps or just decor it to your home. But for those waste materials that is not useful or should i say a "junk". Let the garbage collector do the disposal, that's their work.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Jologs and welcome to my lot. I want to make less waste. I don't like the thought of garbage going to some landfill and just getting bigger and bigger. We humans make a mess of our planet as it is. Would like to clean it up not make more of a mess. We don't have a dump near us there is no garbage collector around here we have to do something with our own trash.
• United States
25 Apr 10
I use my left over bags to put in my small trash cans for trash.. Not exactly recycling but its a use for them... As for the bottles and milk jugs... You can make redneck flower pots out of the milk jugs just cut off the top and punch holes in the bottom for the water to drain... grab some seeds of whatever you want and there you go... for the soda bottles you can make piggy banks out of them ( don't know if you have kids but it's a good art project)...you can also take your old cans of the same soda and hang them from bottles with fishing line and wala you have a wind chime.. you can also hang your vegie cans like corn green beans and all rhat good stuff. You could save boxes from various things and build a castle with them (if you have kids)... but ya
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Lilly and welcome to my lot. Thanks but don't have children. Those are some great ideals. The junk yard will buy your vegie cans and soda cans so got a use for them. Those plastic bags makes good garabage bags. Never thought about the redneck flower pots though. I like that. We don't drink soda out of bottles but that is a great ideal. Thanks!
• Philippines
24 Apr 10
In the Philippines you don't have to worry with recyclable waste the garbage people are earning a living selling it to buyers. The buyers sell it to recycling outfits.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
25 Apr 10
Hi Sir_Rodner. That is the way to do it sell our garabage. Wish they brought more then the tin and the aluminum in some states they do buy the plastic but not in this state. Now if we had a place that brought plastic and glass we would be set.
• United States
24 Apr 10
I totally agree, most people waste way more then just that. They don't care about the environment or anything to keep it clean, wastefulness is cruel and unacceptable...
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
24 Apr 10
Hi April and welcome to my lot. I hate waste it is a shame that more people don't stop and think about the waste that we all get daily. We always think of things we can do with the garabage we get daily. Things can be made with this waste. The paper towel paper rolls afte the paper towels are all gone you can make all kinds of things with. The toilet paper rolls can be used too. I don't like waste.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
24 Apr 10
I don't want any of that stuff sitting around so i chunk it all in the garbage but the plastic bags. I use them in some of my garbage cans. I have no imagination when it comes to doing things like that anyway. Hope u get some good ideas.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
24 Apr 10
Hi Antiquellady. I have always had good ideals when I got something on my mind but when I have to put something off till I get the time I lose the thought. So I try to do things as I think of it. But sometimes time just gets away from me.
• South Korea
24 Apr 10
yeah i understand you...my house got no space anymore for those things..lol we usually just live the waste and wait someone to pick it up...but i have to dispose it properly or else they will not get it... and i also have to use the approriate plastic for those....and it cost a little bit expensive... im throwing money together...hmmm but theres no other way... to dispose it here.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
24 Apr 10
Hi Princess. I hate waste. I think we as humans should do more to make this planet less wasteful. You can always find things to use our waste for. We don't have someone to pickup after us we have to pickup after ourselves.
@LeeHolt (436)
24 Apr 10
It is great that you are recycling things! Personally, I don't have any idea what I could make with refined plastics, so if you have any ideas then please let me know! But I do save plastic pop bottles and grocery bags. The bottles go to the recycling bank, and the bags get reused! Lee.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
24 Apr 10
Hi Lee. I plan on building an outside fire place cause I want to learn to make glass and melt plastic down so I can make things out of it. I don't know how hot the fire should be but I will learn how to make things. I hate waste. You got any ideals please share them.