Go Green – Reuse to Reduce Waste


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All of us at Listia are proud to work for a company that helps people reduce trash by reusing things that might otherwise go to waste.

We’ve put together a quick infographic to shed light on the realities of excessive waste and how long it can linger as pollution. For more details on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (aka Trash Island), check out this article from How Stuff Works. For tips on How to Recycle Anything, visit this page from Real Simple Magazine.

Besides trading things away on Listia, how else do you reduce, reuse and recycle?



  1. MattChance says:

    Any time I find something and say “Why do I have this?!,” I run down a list of ways to thoughtfully get rid of it. Listia, Goodwill, friends, co-workers… If it’s not good enough to sell/list/donate, or if it’s in some way broken, I think about what parts of it are recyclable. Almost all of the parts are. If your local recycling centers (I had no idea how local they were, but they’re in every part of your town) don’t take scrap metal or broken electronics, that’s great, because you’ll find that you can take them to a recycling center that will PAY you for anything you were about to throw away.No better incentive than getting paid for garbage.As far as other materials, paper is a biggie. It’s used in everything that’s going to be thrown away. Have a bin in your home, and throw all that scrap in it. You will not believe how much you’ve put in there in a month’s time.Styrofoam, however, is a terrible packing material for people to use in auction sites. Most recycling centers don’t accept it, which further compounds the problem, because Styrofoam never decomposes, and kills any animals that eat it.Instead, all those plastic grocery bags you get make excellent packing material… and all that scrap paper? Yeah, shred that stuff up, and pack everything with it to. The person receiving it is hopefully smart enough to turn around and re-use it/recycle it too.

  2. Listia Inc. says:

    Matt – excellent advice! We’ll make sure to include your greener packaging suggestions in our future tips.

  3. eddiedurfee says:
  4. Nin10dude says:

    As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, the Great Pacific Gyre is ubiquitous knowledge, along with proper recycling. In my house, everything can be recycled- Ikea takes Styrofoam (#6); Whole Foods takes yogurt cups and bottle caps (#5 plastic), Brita filters and wine corks; Jiffy Lube takes the used motor oil; and Home Depot takes CFL bulbs. Earth911.com is a great site to find out where you can drop off anything from broken thermometers to old surfboards.The High School I live near has a program where drink pouches and candy wrappers are ‘upcycled’ into new products like pencil pouches and backpacks (see Terracycle). And, they get paid 2c per wrapper too!Listians have devised ingenious ways to reuse things for packaging. Bubble envelopes, if they aren’t torn, can be reused easily, by either peeling off labels, or placing new ones on top. Some heavy tape and the envelope is off again. I’ve got one before (and counting the layers of labels, it was used four times). So long to those expensive envelopes from the office store!Books, if being sent by Media Mail, can easily be wrapped in a brown grocery paper bag. The multiple layers provide enough protection, and there’s no need for a box or bubblie.Cardboard/paperboard inserts, to prevent something from getting folded or crushed in delivery, don’t need to be endless sheets of printer paper wrapped around the item. A cut up cereal box will do just right.And of course, if you have something that isn’t broken (or may be, but still holds potential collector’s value), try listing it on Listia! Someone’s trash might be someone else’s treasure. 😉

  5. MattChance says:

    Didn’t even think of reusing a cereal box. Never gotten one of those packages ;)The bubble envelopes, yeah, I did start saving them, but then upon joining Listia, I started getting so many, they were stacked high enough on my shelf that they poured all over the floor every time I walked by. I started looking like a hoarder! Much better to reuse them than throw them away though. They hold up well over many shipments. And if they start falling apart, you can just tear the bubble wrap out of them and use it to pack around fragile items!

  6. linda farrar says:

    this idea is a great idea. one of the best i have seen todate. the treasures you can find that others look at as junk is awesome. i remember back when….we would go dumpster diving. the finds were fabulos. another man’s junk is some one else’s treasure. going green has given my family more ideas than you can think of. we really need to keep this idea going not just here but everywhere we can in every way of our lives.

  7. i love this!!

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