Category Archives: Reuse

Reusing Old Scrap Metal for the Bookworm

Below is a guest post by Melanie Hargrave, a wife and homemaker whose family is her pride and joy. She is a recent advocate of the green movement, and recently discovered Mac’s Traders Inc., where she now takes all of the scrap metal she doesn’t use for projects to support her obsession with literature.

Any lover of literature will recognize Ralph Waldo Emerson as one of the pioneers of the early 19th century Transcendentalist Movement. Transcendentalists believed that human nature was never better than when it was self-sufficient and independent. Henry David Thoreau, Emerson’s contemporary, took this philosophy to the extreme when he retired to live in isolation on Walden Pond. One could even say he was one of the earliest advocates of “going green.”

reusing old scrap metal Walden Pond is now, unfortunately, a tourist trap (and a lovely place to swim). But modern-day booklovers can still follow in Transcendentalist footsteps and be a little more self-sufficient and environmentally-aware with these fun ideas for reusing old scrap metal. Photo: Duane Tate

Bookshelves

Sometimes, all a bookworm wants is another bookshelf. And to paraphrase Emerson, there is nothing so elegant as to make it yourself. It would be easy enough to run to IKEA, but if you have some scrap metal lying around, why not make it yourself?

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5 Amazing Ways to Reuse Old Cables and Cords

Below is a guest post by Gilbert Bermudez, a contributor for CompareHero, a Malaysian comparison website. He loves swimming and writing and you can follow his activity on his Google+ account.

Is there a time you tripped because of cables scattered around your house? Cable wires and cords are used to charge or connect hardware. Without these, we wouldn’t be able to use devices like broadband, smartphone or other mobile devices. But what if the cables you have at home are old enough to throw away? The best thing to do is reuse old cables.

Sometimes those components turn out to be a clutter that takes up too much space at home. The solution you might have thought about was to throw away these cables, right?

Throwing Away Old Cables is a Bad Idea

Did you know that dumping old cable in the trash means you are throwing away money? Yes, those old cords of yours can turn from trash to cash. There are people who are interested in buying secondhand items, and those who look for replacement for the cables they have lost or broken. Dig through the piles of cable wires you own and check if they are worth selling.

Cables and cords are non-biodegradable items. Just like plastic and Styrofoam, these bits and pieces will not decompose, bringing harm not just to the environment, but also to our health. Instead of throwing them out:

  • Drop off the old cables to recycling centers to be sorted into what can be recycled or reused.
  • Create a garage sale in front of your house to sell your old gizmos.
  • If you want a hassle-free way of selling those items, post an ad on Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, or other popular selling sites. Best Buy also helps you get rid of your cable wire clutter. They do not recycle the wires themselves, however, they take everything and sell it off by the pound to a third-party seller.

If you can’t still bear to get rid of your old cable wires, read on for ways to reuse them.

Reduce and Reuse Old Cables

Keep your cables and cords organized by doing these Do-It-Yourself projects to repurpose and reuse old cables:

Toilet Paper Rolls – The cardboard that keeps tissue intact from toilet paper rolls will keep your cable wires orderly. Get as much of it as you need and place the wires into them to keep them away from tangling. Place each roll on a box to keep them neat and clean.

how to reuse old cables wires and cords

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How to Recycle Boxes After a Move

Below is a guest post by m Ella Andrews, an avid blogger by hobby and copywriter by profession who loves to write about storage and moving facility for home, cleaning, organizing and home maintenance issues.

Moving takes a long time to deal with if you’re not properly prepared, however you should do your best to stick to whatever plan you have in mind. When you’re done with the move itself you will likely feel obliged to either throw the boxes away or use them for something else, however you can deal with them in a much more appropriate manner than just throwing them away. The following tips will give you the basics of what you can do to recycle them or give them a chance to be used again. Let’s begin with the first one on our list:

  • Check in with a box broker, as they could give you a chance to sell your used boxes so they can be reused again by someone else. Many companies have representatives in different cities around, so check your local possibilities via the internet.
  • how to recycle If you live in the U.S., you’ll be able to use the services of places such as BoxCycle or their equivalents elsewhere. This would be a great opportunity to list your boxes for sale or even buy boxes should you have need of them. The way the market is going, these types of services provide a second life to the otherwise usually one-shot, one-use pattern followed by most people when it comes to boxes.
  • Check out the best moving companies you worked with and see whether they have a chance to use them in some way. Although this isn’t always a common option, in some cases they may allow you to give away boxes so they can be reused and in others the company itself may work with their own, rented plastic or cardboard boxes as well.
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Reclaimed Wood: The Reclaiming Process, Benefits & More

Below is a guest post by Joe Mitchoff, co-founder of Viridian Reclaimed Wood. Viridian provides eco-friendly, unique and affordable reclaimed wood flooring, veneer, paneling, tables and counters to cities across the nation. The Viridian team is committed to finding the best use for every stick of wood we reclaim to reduce demand for new lumber.

Reclaimed wood flooring and cabinets

Of all the materials that you can reuse, wood isn’t always at the top of list. After all, it doesn’t have a number within a triangular recycle symbol on it. The truth is that landfills are full of wood products that are perfectly usable. By salvaging the wood before it goes to the dump, you get a new product (like reclaimed wood flooring), reduce deforestation and help the environment.

What is Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed wood is perfectly good lumber that is salvaged instead of sent to a landfill. For example, when you obtain a wooden shipping pallet that a warehouse was going to throw away and reuse it for another purpose, you reclaim the wood. On the DIY level, you may use reclaimed wood for crafts and home projects. Professional lumber salvagers turn the lumber that they save from the landfill to make items like reclaimed wood paneling or hardwood floors.

The Wood Reclamation Process

The reclaiming process begins with finding a source of lumber. Such sources can include old barns, wine casks, water towers, boats, shipping crates, gym bleachers, the decks in shipping containers, buildings destroyed in natural disasters, gym bleachers and so on.

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Infographic: The Most Recycled Metal in the World

The Most Recycled Metal in the World
Via: Tata Steel

For more recycling information, check out our feature articles tagged steel. From there, you’ll learn how to recycle items like your home appliances and cookware, what to do with old paint and aerosol cans, about cool license plate art, how recycling your car can help on your tax return, plus much more.

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