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Ways to Recycle and Reuse Cardboard
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On the pathway to living a greener life, many of us have set up recycling containers in our home. But, before we take our recyclables to the recycle center, consider reusing them!
Reusing items at home actually eliminates more waste than recycling, because it puts the item to use without consuming energy expended at a recycling plant. So, take your household cardboard from the recycle bin and see how many reuses you can find for cardboard around your own home.
Reuse and Recycle Cardboard in the Garden
#1 Way to Reuse Cardboard - Garden
I have been researching ways to reuse things, before recycling them for years, and I can tell you that there are very few things that cannot be put to use in the home garden. Broken down cardboard boxes make excellent garden mulch and can be tacked down and used as pathways through the garden, preventing weeds and limiting the amount of time spent pulling weeds from the garden.
Mailing Packages to Reuse or Recycle Cardboard
#2 Way to Recycle or Reuse Cardboard Boxes
Receiving them in the mail is probably how you ended up with most of your cardboard boxes in the first place. Don't buy cardboard boxes to ship packages. Put the ones you've already received to good use and send them on their way. If the outside of the box has markings on it, cut a paper bag into a solid sheet of paper and use it to "wrap" the outside of the cardboard box.
Reuse or Recycle Cardboard Boxes for Storage
#3 Way to Reuse Cardboard - Storing Your Clutter
Use your cardboard boxes to organize your clutter, or your out of season items such as winter coats. Clearly mark on the outside of the box the contents, so you'll remember just what is in it. Smaller cardboard boxes can be decorated with contact paper and used to store magazines, crafts and other household items.
Magazine Holder from a Cardboard Box
#4 Way to Reuse Cardboard
Lightweight cardboard boxes, the type that cereal and crackers come in, can be used for creating a magazine holder. This is a quick and easy project for ages 6 and up. The instruction below involve painting, but you can jazz up the box by gluing paper to it too.
Recycle an Old Cardboard Shoe Box in a Pirate's Treasure Box
#5 Way to Reuse Cardboard - Make a Treasure Box
Recycle and old cardboard Shoe Box into a Pirate's Treasure Box. Kids love this make-believe treasure box. No need to buy expensive craft supplies to make it, simply recycle!
How to Make a Lap Desk for the Car
#6 Way to Reuse or Recycle Cardboard
Travel Lap Desk with Wipe-off Top - Keep your kids busy during long car rides!
Large sturdy cardboard box.
Empty Snack Food Container such as Fruit Roll Up or Granola Bars
# 7 Way to Reuse Cardboard
With a little decoration, you can make a shoebox that is destined for the trash into something valuable. Use decorated shoe boxes for storage or gift giving. Make it a little fancier, by creating a *fliptop* box from an old shoebox by following these directions at Lovely Little Life.
What do YOU do with Your Cardboard?
Cardboard Box Reuse by Sadlers Cartoons
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