Friday, February 23, 2007

Day 46


  • Mail
  1. A statement (file/reuse)
  2. Bill (file/reuse)
  • Food and other packaging
  1. 1 plastic pretzel bag (reuse)
  2. 3 glass beer/soda bottles and bottlecaps (reuse)
  3. 2 paper bags (reuse)
  4. 1 big piece of masking tape, used to pick lint off of something I crocheted (garbage)
  5. 1 glossy paper yarn wrapper
Reuses and other projects
  • Today I cleaned out some spots in my living room and gathered a lot of reuseable materials in the process. Much of this was paper from my desk, and much of that was made up of piles of junk mail I had not yet sorted. Even before the project started I was finding it increasingly difficult to throw out potentially useful items, so I have quite a collection. I found at least 15 credit card offers from American Express. These should be drying up now that I have taken myself and my husband off the the mailing lists for credit card and insurance offers. In the meantime, I began a project with them. So far, I have made several sheets of homemade paper using just the credit card offers. I saved the intact envelopes, the thicker paper and those fake "your name here" credit cards they send. I threw out the tacky glue that adheres the fake cards to the paper. From all of this I'll be making some small notepads.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Day 47


  • Mail and other paper
  1. A local hospital newsletter (reuse)
  2. Magazine offer (reuse)
  3. AAA offer (reuse)
  4. Credit card offer (reuse)
  5. 6 pieces of my son's art (reuse)
  6. 1 catalogue picked up from a furniture store (reuse)
  7. 1 flyer picked up from a furniture store (reuse)
  • Food and other packaging
  1. 2 paper bags (reuse)
  2. 1 plastic produce bag (reuse)
  3. 2 paper receipt (reuse)
  4. 1 plastic milk bottle seal (reuse)
  5. 1 plastic potato bag (reuse)
  6. 1 plastic bag from food leftover take-out (reuse)
  7. 1 cardboard food leftover take-out container (reuse if not too messy)
  8. 1 cardboard tissue box (reuse, but contents are in the garbage)
  9. 3 glass beer bottles and bottlecaps (reuse)
  10. 1 cardboard toilet paper roll (reuse) and paper wrapper for new roll (reuse)
  11. 1 cardboard pad box (reuse, but of course the contents of the box have been put in the garbage)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Day 45


  • Mail
  1. 2 bills (file/return/reuse)
  • Food and other packaging
  1. 1 2 liter bottle (reuse)
  2. 2 pasta boxes (reuse)
  3. 1 medication patch packaging (reuse) and patch (garbage)
  4. 1 chip bag (reuse)
Reuse: I used a plastic lid, large tin can and my container of bottlecaps to make a toy/game for my son. I cut a hole in the lid and we dropped/counted/sorted the caps into the can. Hours of fun. Also, I am attempting to make my own sour cream. If successful, I could cut down on the packaging used for all those sour cream containers. I can use cream for this that comes in reusable glass bottles from my local dairy.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Day 44


  • No mail
  • Food and other packaging
  1. 1 2 liter bottle (reuse)
  2. 1 chip bag (reuse)
  3. 1 candy bag and candy wrappers (reuse/garbage)
  4. 1 receipt (reuse)
  5. 1 egg carton (reuse)
  6. 1 milk bottle seal (reuse)
  7. 1 peanut container and lid (reuse)
  8. 2 medication patch wrappers (reuse) and patches (garbage)
  • Other: miscellaneous fabric scraps
  • I cut an old and ripped pair of pajama bottoms into rags for various purposes.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Day 43


  • No mail
  • Food and other packaging
  1. 1 candy package and wrappers (reuse/garbage)
  2. 1 yogurt seal (garbage)
  3. 1 2 liter bottle (reuse)
  4. 1 "biodegradable" plastic produce bag with holes (garbage)
  5. 1 glass beer bottle and cap (reuse)
  6. 1 receipt (reuse)
  7. 1 beer box (reuse)
  8. 1 small paper bag (reuse)
  9. various small cardboard and plastic packaging bits for a small plumbing repair (reuse/garbage)

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Day 42


  • Mail
  1. Computer ad/miniature catalogue (reuse)
  2. Credit card offer (reuse)
  • Food and other packaging
  1. 1 2 liter bottle (reuse)
  2. 1 chip bag (garbage)
  3. 1 receipt (reuse)
  4. rubber bands/wire ties/plastic bags for vegetable packaging (reuse)
  5. 1 glass soda bottle and cap (reuse)
  6. 1 plastic bag for doggie treat gift (reuse as gift wrapping)
  7. 1 muffin wrapping (reuse)

Friday, February 16, 2007

Day 41


  • Mail
  1. Magazine (read and reuse)
  2. bill (reuse/file)
  • Food and other packaging
  1. 1 2 liter bottle (reuse)
  2. 2 plastic produce bags (reuse)
  3. 1 chip bag (reuse)
  4. 3 glass beer/soda bottles and bottlecaps (reuse)