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Get creative and give a second life to household items you’re about to throw out. Here’s how you can further help the environment by reusing your own household items from ehow.com:

1) Fill your grocery bags with other items. You can either reuse plastic grocery bags at the store when you go back, or put them in small trash cans around the house for quick emptying on garbage day. They’re just the right size and easy to remove by the handles, which can also serve as bag ties.

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2) Wrap your presents with homemade paper. If you carry your groceries home in brown paper shopping bags, keep them tucked away in a kitchen drawer or pantry for wrapping birthday presents. This can be especially fun for kids because they can decorate the packages using markers, crayons and stickers.

3) Organize clothing and seasonal items with cardboard boxes. Rather than spending a fortune on heavy-duty plastic bins and lids, reuse any cardboard boxes you have to pack away your summer and winter clothes as well as holiday decorations. You can use a permanent marker to identify each box’s contents on one of its sides.

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