I promise I’m not taking photos of random crap around my house! These are a couple things that I always pass along to other people: typically, berry baskets can be given to farmer’s market vendors, and wire clothes hangers can be returned to tailors/seamstresses/drycleaners.
Some other things on this list:
- rubber bands can sometimes be given to businesses, stores, or schools
- empty containers and jars can be given to some refill/bulk stores, where they’ll be sterilized and given to customers for free if they need a container
- egg cartons can often be given to local farmers who raise free-range chickens
It’s important to remember the Waste Hierarchy— even for items that can be recycled, it’s better to save the energy that it takes to recycle, and reuse first. ♻️ As the old cliche goes: one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
What do you pass on to others? What can you add to this list?