I've found some ways to make the most of a few of my own discards lately...or at least get them into the right places...so I thought I'd share.
Julia had an even older (too small) pair of glasses that we needed to let go. I wrote about one way we had passed on our old glasses a few years ago...but I recently learned that we can also donate them at the optical booth in Target (no postage needed). Lens Crafters, Pearl Vision, + Sears Optical also collect used glasses. The glasses are then passed on to One Sight which strives to provide vision care + glasses to those in need around the world.
Jo has a friend who will graduate in December + is about the same height, so she is passing this gown + hat on to her. Passing this garb on to someone a year behind at the same school...who can then save the money...may be the best way to keep it out of the landfill. Chances are the same color + sheen will be used at the school again next year.
I've been collecting those batteries + trying to keep them out of the landfill for years. Our battery store will take them, but they charge by the pound...and batteries are heavy. They told me to just dump them in the trash, but I'd like to do my best to make sure that they cannot leak into the ground. Our hazardous waste disposal center does not take batteries. The last time I was in Ikea, I noticed that they are now collecting spent batteries as well as spent lightbulbs, paper, + plastic bags for responsible disposal. Thank you, Ikea!
Taking a little extra care to keep things out of the landfill can create beauty...or opportunity...or generosity...or protection that we would not have experienced otherwise! It's exciting to see more + more mainstream options for reuse + responsible disposal! And I always welcome the opportunity to use a little creativity!