Lost & Found: Repurposing

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Reduce, reuse, recycle, you all have heard the saying, but there are many ways to put this phrase into practice. Buying environmentally conscious products is one way, recycling and composting, are others. You can walk, bike, or carpool to save energy on daily commutes. Eating one less meat-based meal per week is another way to be eco-friendly. It takes a whopping 2,500 galloons of water to produce a single pound of beef. However, if you have to have your hamburger fix, buy from local farmers and think of the energy saved in transit.

            Though these are all great ways to go green, repurposing is one of my favorites. Pinterest has a wide variety of do-it-yourself crafting projects, like this and one of my personal favorites. Here is another, particularly good for college students on a budget. Speaking of college students, another tip for going green is to be conscious of printing papers double-sided in order to save trees.

            Another option I particularly enjoy is spending a weekend outside, repurposing a space in the back yard. Gardening is not only good for the air and the planet, but it can cast shade, saving you on cooling bills. Not to mention, the natural beauty and increased property value. Also, my final tip -- remember second-hand does not mean second-best. I found this wool, L.L. Bean sweater at Goodwill (and I certainly did not pay seventy dollars for it). Add some of your tips and tricks in the comments section!


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