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3 DIY Recycling Projects Anyone Can Do

Recycle, reuse, repurpose are trendy words. When we hear of an organisation or an individual recycling, reusing, repurposing something, we think it’s really cool. Somewhere deep inside, all of us feel that we should contribute to this movement to be kinder to the environment. We may do it in our own ways - take a bath with a bucket instead of the shower, not waste cooked food, not buy more vegetables we can consume, so on and so forth. And while all of this is great, it’s all passive. 

What holds us back from being more proactive when it comes to managing waste? For one, we think that recycling requires a lot of effort, skill and time. You’re right if you decide that you want to recycle plastic bottles into canvas. But, that’s the equivalent of telling yourself you won’t ever be able to afford a house just because you can’t afford a villa in New Delhi on your salary. You may still be able to buy a studio apartment on Sohna road or something. Would you not do that if that was your only shot at real estate investment? 


When it comes to recycling, reusing and repurposing, think small. 


Here are three super easy ways to repurpose waste that is found in pretty much every home.

Recycle biological waste into compost 

Put two trash cans in the kitchen - one of dry waste like tissue paper, plastic wrappers etc, and the other for bio-waste like fruit skins, dry leaves and such. Use the latter to make compost. Layer the waste, alternating between moist and dry, and add manure to the mix. Keep the pile moist. Your compost will be ready within a few weeks. 


Use old jars and bottles as planters 

what to do with old jars


One thing that really bothers me about the way we do things at my house is the number of coffee jars we accumulate. Both my husband and I consume a lot of coffee, and refill packs of the one we like aren’t always available. So, we end up buying, on average, two coffee jars a month, and while I would like to use them to store knick-knacks, the fact is we have considerably more useless jars than snacks any given time! So, recently, I decided to use the jars as planters. I asked the gardener to put in some indoor-outdoor plants. These little jar-plants make for super cute home decor! You can do the same with beer bottles, pickle jars, and even plastic bottles. 


Repurpose old clothes into new ones 

Most of my trousseau was repurposed. Some old saree cut up and restitched into a suit. A dupatta into a blouse. An old lehenga into a dress. Also, used single pieces for multiple outfits. So, I have a blouse I can either wear with a saree, or with a skirt and chunni. A dress I can wear just as a dress, or with pants and chunni as a suit. A blouse that can be worn with pants for date night. But it’s not just outfits you can repurpose. Cut up old curtains and have them stitched into cushion covers. Or, old bedsheets into tote bags. Once you start looking at old objects made out of cloth as potential new objects made out of cloth, the possibilities are endless! 

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