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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.

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5 Fashionable Recycled Belt Buckles

When it comes to recycling, you’ve heard of closing the loop, but what about the belt loop? Always on the lookout for clever recycled stuff, we’ve rounded up a collection of cool recycled belt buckles for you to peruse. There’s distinctive belt buckles made from bike pieces, seat belts, computer parts and more.

You may remember seeing some pretty great recycled belts made from bike tubes, and now there’s a belt buckle to go along with it. Perfect for the active cyclist, this belt buckle is made in the USA from recycled bike chains. What’s more, it’s handmade along with rust and corrosion resistant.

recycled belt buckle

Pictured below is a classic upcycled Ford seat belt upcycled into a unique accessory. Available at UncommonGoods.

Next up we have an amazing belt buckle made from an old beer can! Pictured below using a Pabst can, use this as an inspiration to make your own with your favorite can of beer. Classy.

recycled belt buckle

 

Last, take a look at these recycled belt buckles, one made from a used skateboard deck (complete with grind marks) and another made with an old computer mouse. Remember there’s some great used belt buckles found at your nearest vintage thrift store and on eBay, so be sure and shop there too.

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Green Electronics: Innovative Eco USB Drives

What a concept: Save the Earth while saving your data! Ever fascinated by the ingenuity of technology and being eco-friendly at the same time, we’ve compiled some cool USB flash drives and memory sticks made from recycled materials like wine cork and paper.

Green electronics are pretty smart, and there’s a lot of novelty in something as useful and portable as a USB drive that helps contribute to recycling.

Here’s a little sampling from the web that we hope you’ll find interesting. These eco USB drives will help you carry photos, music, videos, and more right in your pocket.

This USB drive below holds 8GB and is made from a recycled wine cork. What a fine way to keep track of information after you’ve been through a few glasses of wine.

 

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The packaging for this i-Ecko USB drive is eco-friendly, and their products are made from all natural materials such as bamboo, cardboard, and hemp.

 

eco USB drive

Another innovation is the Pass It On For Good project for a USB drive that helps wipe personal data off your computer before you donate or recycle it. Keep an eye on updates for this endeavor here.

The makers of Smencils and Smens (super cool pencils and pens made from recycled newspaper that smell nice – read a review here) also make recycled USB drives. These memory sticks are also scented in fun gourmet scents like grapefruit, butterscotch, cola and snow cone. They’re good for the environment too! Tightly compressed layers of recycled newspapers form a rectangle that helps hold a USB circuit board. Check out Smash Drives.

The ATP EarthDrive below is designed with biodegradable materials, in this case plastic made from corn, so it can be recycled.

green electronicsIf you’re looking for a more sustainable way to promote your business instead of using plastic items, consider this USB drive casing made from recycled paper and wood and compatible with both PC and Mac.

Green Electronics

Continue Reading: E-waste is a problem when old devices are illegally sent overseas or dumped into the environment and cause pollution. Use our Electronics tab to learn how to recycle everyday items like your digital camera, old floppy disks, computers and much more.

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Infographic: E-Waste Recycle or Refuse?

The infographic below takes a look at what happens after we’re done using the electronic items we depend on every day. When thousands of devices are discarded, they add up to be piles of what is known as e-waste. There’s a lot we can to do reduce e-waste, and make sure we dispose of our electronics responsibly and increase recycling rates.

Why is recycling important, you might ask? It just makes sense to reuse items, especially if they contain valuable materials like what’s found in cell phones. We can recover metals from computers and phones and use them for so many new things!

What You Can Do

  • Check out the various recycling initiatives toward the end of the infographic.
  • Keep it simple. If you’re looking for a responsible recycler near you, start with the e-Steward network for high standards used to refurbish your computer and laptop stuff.
  • For more in-depth tips on ways to recycle electronics, from digital cameras to cell phones, scroll through our Electronics tab.
E Waste: Recycle or Refuse?
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Apple Recycling Program Gives Gift Cards for Your iPod, iPad & More

Recycling Apple products is easier than you think. Apple offers a recycling program to you at no charge. That’s right, it’s free! This means you are able to recycle your iPhone and other devices and receive a rebate from Apple as long as you are aware of and take advantage of this program.

Apple recycling programThe Apple Recycling Program offers a few perks. By bringing your old iPod to an Apple retail store, you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on a new one. If your old iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC has monetary value, it will be applied toward an Apple Gift Card.

Get Started. Recycle quipment such as your iPhone, iPad, Mac computers: Click for gift card information. Some quotes for trading in an old iPhone 4S were valued up to $345! Even if the device you want to redeem isn’t worth anything, never fear- Apple will recycle your equipment at no cost to you.

If you want to recycle your iPod, here’s where to find more recycling information. You can also recycle any brand of mobile phone with the Apple Recycling Program. Always remember to wipe the data from your device before you bring or send it in. Photo: ukhomeoffice

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