Today and tomorrow: repair, reuse, recycle (and do a little shopping)

Today and tomorrow are Repair/Reuse/Recycle Days at my house.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable shopping bags don’t stay this clean, but they can be washed. (Photo credit: Tanacollins)


  • Ran my reusable shopping bags through the wash (cool gentle wash, air dry cycle, finish drying in room air). First time I’ve tried this (don’t want to think about how yucky they were) — worked like a charm.
  • Got out the duct tape and fixed the tears and cracks in said shopping bags and their liners.
TP Core

Day care providers turn these into everything from steamrollers to binoculars. (Photo credit: Luigi Chiesa)


  • Delivering craftable odds and ends (like my world-class collection of empty toilet paper cores) to a local day care center.
  • Delivering shirts and jackets that no longer fit my husband (he’s lost thirty pounds) to the Salvation Army Thrift Store (map).
Medical Supplies

The Humane Society finds veterinary uses for many kinds of medical supplies. (Photo credit: Animagus)

  • Delivering surplus medical supplies (oxygen tubing, small containers) to the Lake Humane Society in Mentor (map).


Shop recycle:

Little by little, I’m finding order in my chaos!

Repair, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Keep It Out of the Landfill