More often than not, we throw away empty shampoo bottles, plastic bottles, glass jars, old clothes without a second thought. The thing is, some of these items are made from ‘single-use’ materials and not environmentally-friendly.
When they’re discarded, they will eventually end up in Singapore’s one-and-only landfill, Semakau landfill, where about 200,000 tonnes of solid waste and incineration ash are sent annually. And according to the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the landfill will run out of space by around 2035 if we continue to accumulate that much waste every year.
So before you throw something into the bin, think: am I able to do more with this item? What are the creative ways I can adopt and turn it into something useful?
Not only would you be helping to save the earth, you can also pass down the zero-waste mentality to your children by turning the recycling process into fun DIY home activities! Here’s how to reuse or upcycle 10 everyday home items instead of instantly tossing them into the bin: