Recycling and the Environment

Have you been keeping up with the latest recycling challenges? China, our largest customer for recyclables, has started to reduce the amount they will import. This may lead recycling companies to charge to take recyclables, which most likely will be passed on to us. Or, worse yet, our recyclables could end up in landfills. If either of those scenarios trouble you, reusing instead of recycling can help.

Whether you’re on a budget or just want to do your part to protect our environment, recycling and re-purposing household organizing containers make good sense. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
  • Shoe boxes: They’re the perfect size and shape for holding so much more than shoes. Stash small gardening tools, sort socks, or hold special cards. Use your imagination!
  • Oatmeal boxes, coffee cans, and tall potato chip containers: These drum-shaped containers can hold anything tall and lean, from kitchen implements to paintbrushes.
  • Jewelry boxes: Organize office supplies, such as pens, rubber bands, business cards, and binder clips. Or configure a few in your junk drawer for a perfect fit.
  • Mint tins: These cute containers can hold tiny things like push pins or paper clips. They also make great travel buddies for jewelry.
  • Tissue boxes: Use them to store plastic shopping bags (when you need one, they pop out one at a time!) or collect trash in your car.
  • Glass jars: Separate nails, screws, washers, and other hardware by size.
  • Laundry detergent boxes: Decorate with colored paper and use them to hold magazines.
  • Take home containers: Use them for packing lunches.  Here’s a picture of my lunch using take home containers, cloth napkins and a small cooler.  Nothing from my lunch ended up in the garbage or recycle bin!

A caveat… if your supply of recycled containers is more than you can ever use, I recommend you recycle rather than hoard them!

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Cathy Dryden

I am Cathy Dryden, and I started neat chic organizing to empower others to lead more fulfilling lives by helping them to become more organized through individualized coaching and training.


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