Here at Schools for Sustainability Inc., we dream of a waste free world. In this world, all food scraps are transformed into nutrient rich compost yielding healthy crops, all aluminum cans are converted into new cans, building facades or bicycles, all plastic bottles are transformed into furniture, clothing, or home décor.
Unless you're talking about ex-girlfriends or '80s haircuts, you should always recycle. Sure, you may feel good about yourself because you save bottles and cans and carry a canvas tote to the Trader Joe's, but the fact remains -- there are SO MANY MORE household products that can be reused and reinvented if you'd just stop throwing them in the trash.
I've bought so much junk that now just sits in my basement collecting dust. Some of it I used for a short time, some of it I never really needed. I probably need to take my own advice and wait 24 hours before making any purchase. That way, if I truly need it and still want the item, I've avoided the impulse buy.