Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last

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Be Planet Friendly!

What should you recycle, renew, and reuse? Practically everything!
Is there a gadget graveyard in your house? Want to get the most mileage out of your electrical appliances? Tired of having to choose between paying high prices for repairs or good money for a cheap replacement? Well, no more! These savvy secrets help you make the most of your purchases-and your money-by making things last ...

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Overview

Be Planet Friendly!

What should you recycle, renew, and reuse? Practically everything!
Is there a gadget graveyard in your house? Want to get the most mileage out of your electrical appliances? Tired of having to choose between paying high prices for repairs or good money for a cheap replacement? Well, no more! These savvy secrets help you make the most of your purchases-and your money-by making things last longer and work better. You'll discover:
-More than a thousand ways to maximize the value of everything you own, from furniture and fishing reels, to cell phones and ceiling fans, to iPods and earrings, and much more
-Practical, money-saving ideas for making things last longer-from giving batteries staying power to keeping a washing machine in top condition
-Fix-it-fast tips for making simple, inexpensive repairs when belongings go on the fritz
-Learn how to say good-bye to possessions when it's time, whether by recycling, donating, selling, or tossing
Don't Throw It Out is packed with ideas to help you extend the life of your treasured possessions and keep your still-usable household items out of the landfill when you've decided you no longer need them.

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This densely packed compendium from Yankeemagazine takes recycling to the level of extreme sport. Whether you're trying to get that last smear of ketchup out of the bottle, make your cell phone last longer or find a second use for an old terra-cotta pot saucer, this book will explain how. Written in a cozy style, it covers every room in the house as well as outdoor sports and hobbies, lawn and garden, the home workshop and motor vehicles of all sorts. Got some old gardening gloves? Reuse the fingers to cover scissor points or make tiny drawstring bags. This book has Make It Last tips to maximize an item's life span, Fix It Fast tips for repairing in a hurry and Pass It Along tips to get rid of stuff you don't want but can't bear to throw away. For the truly fanatical, each chapter has a "Domestic Challenge" quiz. Just about anyone will find many of these ingenious, imaginative and practical hints useful, but with suggestions like saving old bath rugs for moving heavy appliances, readers trying to simplify their lives with feng shui may want to pass on this one. (Dec.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594865770
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 802,267
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

LORI BAIRD has been helping readers solve everyday problems for more than 10 years. She has written and contributed to many books, including Rodale’s Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff and Yankee Magazine’s Vinegar, Duct Tape, Milk Jugs, and More. She lives in Astoria, New York.

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  • Posted November 30, 2008

    Don't throw it out!!!!!! Re-use it.

    This book contains practical ideas that we can all use. I borrowed from the library now I am buying one to keep. This book would make a great gift to anyone, young or old. So many ideas you need one for keeps.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Great Frugal and Green Suggestions

    Landfills in the US are full to bursting, and the economy is heading into a recession. How can one person make a difference? Lori Baird and the editors of Yankee Magazine have the answers in Don¿t Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last. This comprehensive book addresses the items in every room in the house, plus outdoors. Want to make your appliances last longer? Tips and tricks help you keep them running in top shape for as long as possible. Has something reached the end of its useful life? Then re-purpose it. With a little creativity, you can find many more ways it can be used. Proper wood cleaning techniques and solutions are explained, designed to keep your furniture in great condition. And if your wood furniture has already suffered neglect, don¿t despair. It can be given new life with some nifty cosmetic touch-ups. There are times when an item is simply beyond repair, or has become too expensive to operate. ¿Fix-it or Forget-it¿ tips show you when it¿s time to simply let go. And fun quizzes test your domestic know-how. Don¿t Throw It Out has changed the way I look at my home. It¿s so easy to implement the suggestions, and it feels great to know I¿m conserving energy and creating less waste. One person really can make a difference. Pick up a copy and you can, too. The planet will thank you. Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews

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