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10 Unconventional Ways to Recycle

 

Hey there! Have you ever wanted to do more for the environment but didn’t know how to go about doing so, or just felt lazy? Fret not! Here are 10 unconventional ways to recycle (they’re not that hard too)

 

#1 Composting

This if for anyone who has green fingers, or a knack for gardening!

Composting is the natural decomposition of organic material (from plants and animals) by microorganisms, into a dark brown crumbly organic substance called compost. Compost mixed with soil is beneficial for growing plants as the compost retains soil moisture, improves soil structure and provides nutrients.

All you need to get started is a compost bin, which can be any plastic bin with a lid with small holes drilled in them to ensure that there’s enough air circulation. Next, add some fresh compost – it can be bought from gardening supplies store or from an existing compost pile. Then, start to add household waste such as egg boxes, newspapers, waste papers, waste fruits and vegetables, teabags, egg shells, and coffee grounds. Avoid waste such as meat, fish and any oily foods and dairy products as these will attract pests and emit a foul odour!

Mix the pile occasionally and let nature do the rest! Your compost pile will be ready to use as a natural fertilizer in about three to six months – or once the pile has transformed into a dark brown soil-like heap.

 

#2 Recycle your electronics

 

E-waste, also known as electronic waste, refers to unwanted electronic or electrical products that are no longer working, usable, or are outdated.

Into the bin, down the chute or trashed at the dumpster, chucking an unwanted electronic item in those ways is not good for the environment or our health. Whenever such items end up at the incinerators or landfills, toxic materials are released into the air, soil and water, causing pollution. Much of e-waste is also non-biodegradable so it will linger in the environment for years.

However, this does not have to be the case! There are many avenues available island-wide which receive e-waste of different sorts. Anything with an electrical cord (e.g., home appliances, IT equipment, phones) and related peripherals (e.g., batteries) can be brought to Funan DigitaLife Mall, Level 1 Customer Service Counter or to StarHub e-waste recycling bins for smaller items. You can also recycle your used ink and toner cartridges at Project Homecoming recycling bins located at 13 libraries across Singapore.

 

#3 Breathe new life into your old pair of jeans

Everyone has owned at least a few pairs of jeans over their lifetimes and most of the times, we chuck our old pairs of jeans away when we outgrow them or wear them out. But by knowing how to operate a sewing machine and putting your imagination to work, you can make fashionable accessories out of your old pairs of jeans!

Here’s one brilliant idea to inspire you into becoming your own fashion designer: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Denim-Purse

 

#4 Create new useful objects from plastic bottles

Instead of simply dumping disposable plastic bottles after finishing your refreshing drink, you can try your hand at creating some quirky objects such as a bird feeder, flowerpot, or even a piggy bank! Ideas are abundant all across the Internet and you can get started with just a scissors for the simplest of designs.

Here are some ideas to get you started: http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2012/04/25-things-to-do-with-empty-plastic-bottles-water-soda-bottle-crafts-saturday-inspiration-ideas.html

 

#5 Make your own wallet out of paper

Got an old stack of construction paper dating back to your secondary school days? Or any loose pieces of waste paper lying around? Don’t throw them out yet! Instead, how about making your very own paper wallet out of them? By following 6 simple steps, you can! http://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Wallet/