Recycle, Reuse, and Rebuy to Protect Our Planet

Every mom, no matter what her situation or how many kids she has, is interested in saving money. There are a lot of ways to cut down on waste; you can recycle your items or send gently used items to a consignment shop for sale. You could find a new way to use your item, or you may actually earn money.

Recycle to Save Money and the Planet
If you recycle items from your home, depending on what it is, you could either earn money or find a new use for your things. Some recycle plants pay for aluminum and paper products, although many don’t pay for glass and tin, which are both heavy and could score a decent sum. Even if there’s no nearby recycle center for you to earn money at, you can still rid yourself of unwanted items and help the planet at the same time.

Of course, there are other ways to recycle items. Use paint and glitter to spruce up old wine bottles for decoration, sew old children’s clothes into rag rugs or pretty patchwork quilts, and reuse well-loved clothing or clean but outdated papers (without any identifying information, of course) for packaging material when you ship or store items.

Consignment Shopping
Consignment stores will resell your gently loved items, like formal wear, jewelry, or sporting equipment, for a small percentage of the item’s sale price. Consignment stores generally have a wider customer base than you’ll have on your own. You may not be able to find a buyer for that beautiful christening gown, but your local consignment shop can, and it’s better to have the cash in your pocket and space in your closet.

You can also try online consignment stores. These stores broaden the potential customer base even more by not limiting potential buyers to your area. More people will see your gently used clothing and gear and it will be more likely to sell. Some online consignment stores take care of shipping as part of your fee, while others ask the buyer or seller to pay it. You may find your next new favorite item while you’re on the site.

Whether you’re recycling what you don’t need or using consignment to earn a little cash, staying away from brand-new items conserves both our planet’s natural resources and the money in your bank account. You never know; your like-new items may go to the home of someone who will really love them.

Author: molly

Mom of 2 energetic boys, entrepreneur, registered dietitian and Scandal fan. In her 15 minutes of free time each day, she enjoys cooking, reading, and sampling craft beers. She blogs about motherhood, social media and beer. Find more of Molly at @swsprouts @bloggerithm and @itsaboutbeer.

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