Category Archives: Reuse

Are you down with HDPE?

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recycled bowls

High density polyethylene (HDPE), the plastic used to make milk jugs and other food safe containers, is the most commonly recycled and ecologically friendly of all plastics. Help keep HDPE out of the landfill and learn how you can recycle HDPE at home to make bowls, cutting boards and just about anything else you can think of.

Raised garden beds from reused roofing

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raised-beds from reclaimed material

We replace our garden’s post-hoc collection of old beds with uniform raised beds, made from old sheet metal and other reclaimed materials. In this post I’ll tell you how I constructed the beds and a little about the advantages of raised gardening.

Turn broken glass into sea glass

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I tend to find a lot of cool old bottles when walking in the woods. Unfortunately, the best ones are usually broken. I don’t like to leave broken glass just sitting around, so I try to take it with me, when possible. It seems like a waste to recycle antique bottles, and the broken ones aren’t really recyclable, so I’ve tried to come up with ways to repurpose them.

Today’s Reuse Centers

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In the Baltimore area, we are fortunate to have a diverse selection of Reuse centers nearby. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, Reuse centers are a bit like thrift stores, but better, because they have reconceived and broadened the concept of what’s of value and hence reusable.