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Any clothing or towels too ragged to donate to a thrift store still have value. Cut material into squares of different sizes to use as cleanup rags. Many garages, cabinet shops and backyard mechanics will gratefully accept excess rags. Sewing groups would gladly accept buttons and zippers gleaned from clothing. Childrenís programs and daycare centers also use buttons for crafts.
Small household appliances that are no longer working can be salvaged for parts. If you are not familiar with this type of operation donít attempt it - you can always donate them to handymen types that you may know, or appliance repair classes in your community. Handles from pots and pans can come in handy for fashioning custom tools, or they can be used to make a storage box easy to carry. Old utensils can be bent and made into various picks and scrapers.
The workshop can become a veritable stew pot of reuse ideas. As it is not a place commonly viewed by guests or neighbors it will not matter so much if look is compromised by reused items. Of course, most important thing is fact that you are reducing your landfill contribution by taking matter into your own hands and making a difference!
-- Written by Dave and Lillian Brummet based on the concept of their book, Trash Talk. The book offers useful solutions for the individual to reduce waste and better manage resources. A guide for anyone concerned about their impact on the environment. (http://www.sunshinecable.com/~drumit)