The second of the three R’s is Reuse

If you have an item that you can no longer use or simply do not want, but is still in perfectly usable condition, you should try to find a way that it can continue to be used rather than throwing it away.

Here are some examples of ways that you can reuse:-

  • Sell the item, for example by advertising it on one of the many websites such as eBay, on Facebook groups or via local newspapers. If it is an antique or collectable item you may be able to sell it to a local antiques shop.
  • Give it to a friend that needs the item.
  • Donate it to a charity shop (thrift store) where it can be sold to raise money for a good cause.
  • Give it to somebody who is looking for something, via websites such as Freecycle or Freegle.
  • Hold a yard sale or get a pitch at a car boot sale.
  • Make the item into something else completely. This is sometimes referred to as ‘upcycling’.
  • If you do need to buy something, before you buy it new, see if you can buy one second-hand, borrow it from someone else or hire the item. As a bonus you will also save money!