Brushing your teeth once or twice a day is one of the things that billions of people around the world consider critical to their health, but even if you’re using the bare minimum of two brushes a year, that’s still a regular amount of waste that’s going into landfills. While bristles will eventually come apart and stop being useful, there are still ways to make things easier on the planet.
There are now toothbrushes that have removable and replaceable heads. So while you will still have to get rid of the bristles (though there are probably some ways to reuse those as well), you don’t have to worry about the handle going into the trash.
Quilters Know to Never Throw Away
One enterprising quilter decided a Christmas present to a mother-in-law requires only the best quilting scraps, but it's clear this turned out to be a winner of a gift. All those little bits and pieces turned into eyes, a nose, a collar, and ear shadows.
If you're a long-time worker with fabric (or, really, anything that uses small pieces like lumber), you've probably gotten into the habit of keeping a box full of all the extras. Who knows when you might need them to create a picture of a wirehair fox terrier for a gift?
Giving Strays a Home
Old coolers aren't the kind of thing many people throw away, but they still have a lifespan. Seals go bad, and cracks can appear. There are also those that are used for storing samples of medical material, which means they aren't fit to contain any food. What to do?
Well, do what this handy grandfather did, and turn them into the perfect little homes for stray cats around the neighborhood. Maybe you have a furry friend of your own who needs a little bit of private time – it's sure to love this. A little bit of crafty work, and you'll have a home, and you'll have reduced waste.
Not Just the Comics Page Anymore
Wrapping paper, while fancy, can also be expensive. There's also a lot of it being wasted every year, so plenty of people and stores have figured out ways to reduce this waste. This shopping bag even says right on the front that it makes for great wrapping paper, and we'd have to agree.
It's a good pick for birthdays, the holiday season, or any other event, thanks to the simple, attractive design on the paper. Really, anything that you get as far as brown paper bags can be repurposed into wrapping paper.
Grow Your Own Sponges
Now, this one is quite unexpected. It turns out that you can grow loofahs (also known as luffas), dry them out, and use them as sponges to wash dishes. You might think a loofah isn't a plant, but the wrinkly white thing hanging in your shower actually borrowed the name from this plant.
It's a member of the pumpkin, gourd, and squash family, related to the cucumber. They're fully biodegradable, and just a few plants will give you enough material to last you for months to years, depending on how much washing you do. They also have lots of potassium. Bonus.