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I recycle at every opportunity, reuse wrapping paper and supplies and reduce waste by only buying what we need and using leftovers and sharing food with others. Would love to know your tips for recycle, reduce and reuse.


Posted anonymously, 11th December 2017


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  • A great idea to give experiences instead of gifts!!


  • I know local schools and daycares often look for craft supplies such as the cardboard rolls from wrapping paper or baking paper, you could ask your local because sometimes they look for yoghurt containers etc too. Anyone who had chickens is usually on the hunt for egg cartons we collect ours and send them in one go (always very appreciated). Otherwise clothes worn out cut up for rags, buttons cut off for sewing or craft, we’ve also cut down on gifts in general and try to give experiences which are waste free and local.


  • I’ll admit I don’t recycle wrapping paper and where we live we’re not provided with a recycle bin. All our cardboard / paper items are dropped off at a recycle place, I’ve ditched the plastic shopping bags for the reusable sets from Trolley Bags Australia, we donate to charities rather than send stuff to landfill and I like to repurpose items. I know I could do more — perhaps a New Year’s resolution.


  • I recycle wrapping paper too And use plain brown paper to wrap gifts. Then I add some decorations to make it more beautiful. My garbage bin is almost empty. I recycle as much as possible. Plastic, glass and paper go into the recycling bin. Soft plastic to Coles’ recycling bin. Batteries, bulbs and inkjet cartridges to the local library that collects them. I compost all food using the Bokashi bins. And try to find a use to what is laying around. If I can’t find it, I bring it to Salvos.


  • I reuse wrapping paper, plastic bags and water bottles as well. Food scraps go to our chickens and their poo goes in our garden. Glass jar go to my honey man and the rest goes in the recycle bin and batteries go to a Century Yuasa Battery Recycling Centre. Clothing goes to Vinnies or I sew something new out of old clothing and of course repair our clothing.


  • I buy bottled water and yes I know its free from the tap but give me a glass of tap water and a glass of bottled water and I bet I can tell the difference. My big peeve now is I am being charged more for bottled water but here we do not have any area close to take the bottles to to receive the 10c refund.. but we have always disposed them in the recycling bin so for now that will have to do.
    I have 3 worm towers that I put our veggie peeling etc in (not meat, citrus or bread) and our happy composting worms much away and supply us with worm wee. The berry garden is thriving thanks to them.


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