Last Updated on March 27, 2021
If we want to preserve our beloved planet, some changes need to be made, especially regarding our levels of consumerism. Being conscious about the changes that need to be made is essential to start a more sustainable journey – simple things, like avoiding packaged foods, trying to reuse old containers, and even bringing our shopping bags to the grocery store. However, there are times where we can’t avoid certain purchases, and in that case, reusing and recycling is the way to go! Here is a list of 10 things you should never throw away – and what you can do with them instead!
1. Binder clips
Binder clips are known for their strength, which is why if you ever come across a box filled with these seemingly useless office accessories, you should be aware of the fact that they are pretty useful. There is a huge list of life hacks that can be done using binder clips – hang your favorite Polaroids, glue a magnet to the back of a clip and create a magnet-clip, or use them to tidy up your loose wires.
2. Aluminum foil
Aluminum foil was commercialized for the first time in 1947, and the company who created it used to advertise it as the foil for “1,001 kitchen miracles,” and they weren’t lying. If you ever use a bit of aluminum foil to cover up a plate, do not throw it away. Instead, rinse it off and keep it in a drawer for future uses. In case you didn’t know, aluminum foil can be used for many different household purposes – you can ball it up and use it to scrub your pots and pans, use it to create a disposable funnel, or even to sharpen your scissors (it’s as simple as cutting through a sheet of this kitchen miracle.
3. Your old cellphone
Broken electronic devices should never be mixed with the rest of your household trash, and your used-up cellphone doesn’t belong in the garbage either. Recycling electronics can bring all sorts of benefits to the environment. Smartphone recycling alone can have a huge impact on our planet – 35,000 pounds of copper, 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, and 33 pounds of palladium can be saved from recycling 1 million cell phones, which, let’s face it, is an easy goal nowadays.