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One Man’s Liquor Bottle is Another Man’s Soap Dispenser

September 13, 2009

I was so disappointed.

Soap dispenser?

Soap dispenser?

The gallon-sized ice cream tub in the freezer was not filled with a Cookies and Cream ice cream, but rather ice cubes.  In my ice-cream craving haze I had forgotten that Austin always bought a gallon-sized ice cream in order to have a container for ice cubes (plus it made for a great excuse to buy too much ice cream).

Doing so just made sense.  Why go out and buy a container just for ice cubes when you can get one for free?  All you had to do was 1. eat the ice cream, 2. wash out the container, 3. fill it with ice.  Reusing saves money and is incredibly easy, two elements that are attractive to a lazy college student on a budget or anyone looking to save time and money.

Inspired by his use of reusing, I realized that there are so many little things we all do and can do to minimize the amount of stuff we consume and waste we produce.  After all, a report by the EPA revealed that in 2007 we produced over 254 million tons of garbage. That’s an astonishing 4.6 pounds per person per day into our environment.

For my bamboo plant I use a coffee mug as a vase.  Austin’s roommate Blake washes out and reuses the super durable gas station Route 66 cups to use around the house.  My sister Joyce reuses Almay makeup remover containers to hold bobby pins and hair ties.  My friend Lauren uses newspapers to wrap presents and to pack boxes (a plus for college students on the move).  My friend Danny is currently reusing a used liquor bottle to hold hand soap (This is not a joke.  Hey, if it works…why not?).

For more ideas, Real Simple magazine offers great ideas in a monthly feature called “New Uses for Old Things.”

What do you reuse at home?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren permalink
    September 14, 2009 10:03 pm

    I thought of more! These may not be super original, but:

    …I refill small/travel size shampoo, conditioner, and lotion bottles for my workout bag and weekend travels.
    …Old and oversized t-shirts become cleaning rags.
    …Empty cottage cheese, sour cream, and yogurt cups double as FREE tupperware.

  2. janiec52 permalink
    September 19, 2009 11:17 pm

    Those are great reusable ideas! The last one about the cottage cheese, sour cream, and yogurt cups are especially good because the plastic that is used to make those containers are very difficult to recycle. For more on recycling, check out next week’s posts!

  3. October 6, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your site was extremely interesting, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday. 🙂

    • janiec52 permalink
      October 10, 2009 7:51 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog and I hope you come back again!

  4. August 18, 2010 1:01 pm

    This site can help me about the soap dispenser and it also the good article! Thanks for your sharing. I will bookmark this site for sure!

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