Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Go Green with Reusable Plastic

They say that plastic is one of the must-be-avoided things to use in daily life. More and more people are taught to avoid buying plastic bags, etc. But what we should remember is that the role of plastic is crucial, too. We see it in eyeglasses, windows, jars, other plastic containers and many more. The reason why it is kept being used is because of its flexibility, and durability. Your plastic eyeglasses don’t easily break when you accidently drop them. The same thing with your plastic jars. So how can we go green with plastic while still using it?

The idea of recycling is not only taking the non-biodegradable things to the recycling company. Recycling can also mean reusing the things until we cannot use them anymore. Remember, it is not cheap to recycle things. So why not reusing the plastics we use every day? That way, we won’t have to buy more (plastic) stuffs and we still have our life in order. Below are some of the plastic things that you can reuse.
Plastic container – like their name, are containers. You don’t normally throw away containers after using them once. So yes, plastic containers are definitely one of those that you can keep for a long, long time. You just need to remember which plastic containers are food grade and are used only for containing foods. Never mix them up with containing other goods, since they will no longer be food grade anymore.

Plastic jars – there are numerous versatile uses of plastic jars. From containing cookies, grains, coffee, tea and sugar to containing small stationary stuffs that can fit the jars. It can also double function as a vase.

Plastic buckets or pails – you see them as the storing place for paints and grains. But you can also turn them into gardening pots, kids’ toys storage as well as camping seats or cat feeders.

Plastic drums or barrels – plastic drums are used by some due to its strength and durability. When not needed anymore, they can still be reused as rain water barrels.

When environmentalists ask us to reduce the use of plastic goods, it means to reduce throwing them away right after we use them the first time. By reusing plastic things, we already contribute to a better environment.

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