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6 Ingenious Things to Make From Scraps

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6 Ingenious Things to Make From Scraps

Breathe new life into old objects and reduce landfill waste by diverting leftover odds and ends that would be relegated to the dumpster into useful items. Call it repurposing, call it recrafting, call it creative reuse, or call it trash transformed. No matter what you call it, this concept of “cradle to cradle” is one of the tenants of green living. It means that a product’s lifecycle doesn’t have to end up forever rotting away in a landfill. It can be endlessly reincarnated into useful items.

We EcoNesters talk a lot about purging clutter, living slower, donating and thrifting, and living minimally. So, this post is going to take a different tact. It isn’t going to tell you that hording some things isn’t such a bad idea. In fact, hold onto those scraps.

But, wait a minute…scraps are junk, right? Not so fast. Scrap items can be put to use and given a “life after waste.” In fact, the end products of materials are often called salvage. That’s a great word for things that are “saved from the ruins” and eventually end up in dumpsters.

If you’re like me, you’ve got all sorts of scraps hanging around just ready for a new practical renaissance of sorts. Think of it as part of the transformation of renewal for living a more resourceful life.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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3:13AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

9:09AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

thanks

9:04AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

thanks

9:26AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

This was a fun post, always love finding ways to be creative in designs around the home and to re-life a product. :o)

9:24AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

good ideas

7:00AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Thanks.

3:30AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Interesting article

7:33AM PST on Nov 26, 2011

Thanks.

12:11PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

Thank you

6:51PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

This is great.. Thank you so much...

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