18 Way To Re-Use Household Items In The Age Of Excess

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We live in the age of excess. On the 1st of August 1955, Life magazine first used the word throw-away society, which came to symbolize the culture of overconsumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items that have taken over the world. Consumerism wants you to believe everything is and should be expendable, and that there is no point in repairing, reusing or in fact using something for very long in the first place. This is very different to what is ingrained in our genetic codes after millions of years in which our ancestors lived in ages of scarcity and tried to make do with the little at their disposal.

It is, therefore, important to find a personal balance and live more sustainably. A good starting point would be to throw away less and re-use more. There is more than one use for most of your household items, although you probably never had the chance to find out. To help you out with that, here are 18 such examples.

1. Save the ends of your old candles and their jars and make new candles

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Source:Happy Go Lucky Blog

2. Make sun tea out of pineapple skins

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Source:adventurejournalist

3. Melt down all of your almost-done lip balms into an empty mint container

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Source:Beauty Lish

4. An empty plastic container will keep all your trash bags together

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Source:Home Storage Solutions

5. While camping, you can bake cakes over the fire in orange peels

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Source:Just a Pinch

6. A button-up shirt that is out of life can become a unique cushion cover

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Source:Country Living

7. Make a funky rug out of old, messed up garden hoses

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Source:Our Garden Path Designs

8. Turn almond containers into pantry containers

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Source:Lewisville Love

9. When it’s time to retire a board game, turn it into one of these cool totes

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Source:About Abbie

10. Turn a boring paper lantern into a fish-scaled fixture

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Source:Design Sponge

11. Turn a mason jar into a fun vase

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Source:Dwelling Happiness

12. Turn a cereal box into a magazine holder

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Source:Everyday Dishes

13. Turn milk jugs into planters

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Source:Eyes on Nature

14. Old drawers get new life as planters

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Source:My Love 2 Create

15. Soda boxes become pencil cases

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Source:The Creative Itch Boutique

16. Turn plastic bottles into a funky chandelier

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Source:Oh Happy Day

17. Empty tins are easily turned into cool planters

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Source:bell’alimento

18. Turn your used coffee grounds into scented candles

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Source:eHow
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