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Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse! We do it all the time at APE!

Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, not just a catchy alliteration! Here are 9 great ways you can help reduce your impact on the earth! Why throw something away when you could recycle it and use it elsewhere? Check out these 9 tips for ways you can repurpose things in your home, from trees in the front yard to junk in the attic.

Put recycled mulch and coffee grounds in your garden or around landscaping.

1. The nutrients from the mulch and grounds will soak into the soil and give a healthy boost to your plants. Later, we’ll share a full article on the wonderful world of composting: the Oz of repurposing!

Use newspaper as wrapping paper.

2. Because you know you die a little inside whenever you buy paper that you know will just get torn up and thrown away. Let us not even dive into the topic of “glitter” paper and the havoc it wreaks on a happy home. Let someone else recycle glitter, you don’t need that kind of trouble in your life! Here’s an article with even MORE creative ways to recycle newspaper!

Use cassette tape cases as gift card holders.

3. Paint over the outside of the case or cover it with paper for decoration. The ultimate recycle … over, and over, and over again!

Use an old milk (paper) carton to plant a seed.

4. The carton will protect it from weather and pests, and when you bury it the carton will eventually disintegrate as the plant grows.

Turn old CDs or DVDs into coasters.

5. Rather than part with nostalgia, use those old Beach Boys CDs to keep rings off your furniture! “Let’s Recycle Now, everybody’s learning how” … we’ll keep our day job!

Use cardboard six-pack beer holders as condiment holders.

6. The slots are perfectly designed to hold ketchup, Parmesan shakers, salt, pepper, and any other condiments. Recycle win!

Repurpose paper towel and toilet paper rolls to organize wires around your house.

7. Save yourself the frustration of losing wires in great big tangled messes.

Turn old Kleenex boxes into bag dispensers.

8. Recycle and get rid of that huge ball of plastic bags under your kitchen cabinet.

Use recycled mulch for your landscaping projects.

9. Turning old trees into mulch is a great way to give back to the environment while making your plants grow quicker and stronger.