Repurpose with Purpose

It’s summertime! That means time outdoors, visits with family, vacation, and lots of free time. Why not use that free time to learn how to repurpose items you might normally throw away? Did you know you can repurpose a soda can pull-tab into a picture frame hook? Or that you can turn an old wooden ladder into a bookshelf or small table? Or a few old books can be used as a knife block? Repurposing is different from recycling or reusing. To repurpose means taking an item meant for one purpose and using it for another.

We live in an age where just about everything is disposable and replaceable. Yet this mindset is part of the problem today, needlessly sending things to the landfill and creating demand for new things. One quick internet search will reveal thousands of ideas for repurposing regular household items into artwork, lighting, clocks, garden containers, storage containers, bird feeders, and much, much more.

Consider repurposing a creative challenge for the summer. Instead of throwing out (or recycling) that old ________* how can you repurpose it? This can also save money and it saves energy. But most importantly, it keeps things out of the landfill. So have fun and remember…it’s #YourPlanetToo.

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