Nothing is a waste until you consider it so. Most of the items we tag as wastes in our homes still have value after serving their original purpose. For emphasis, here are 5 weird things and what they can be recycled into;

  1. Hair

Whether via a haircut, hairdo or breakage, humans lose hair every now and then. And if you are anything like most of us, whatever hair that has left your body is a waste.

As weird as it sounds, that hair off your body have high recycling value and you can recycle them right at home. Hair has a protein called keratin which turns into nitrogen when composted.

Hair can also be recycled into wigs and this is the oldest form of hair recycling; other things your hair can be recycled into are eyelashes, hair extension, artificial beards, moustaches, beauty accessories, makeup brushes, shoes, clothes and bags accessories.

2. Pure water sachet

Have you seen a gutter in Nigeria that is not littered with pure water sachets? Someone who knows the recycling value of pure water sachets would think we were all millionaires with the way we trash this easily recyclable material.

First off, pure water sachets can be made into new nylon bags, especially those used as trash bags. Recent innovations that turn pure water sachets into interlock tiles and building blocks have also emerged. Another way pure water sachets are recycled is by turning into plarn which are then woven on looms to make fabrics.

3. Pen

Thoughts never stop flowing, so when the ink in the pen bringing these thoughts to life ends, we simply trash it and get another one.  

While not all pens are recyclable because they are made of different materials, pens with the plastic cases are recyclable. They can easily be recycled into a garden market, coffee stirrers and ornaments for decoration.

4. Paper and newspaper:

Just like pens, people of all ages use paper every day generating a lot of paper waste that takes a huge chunk of our dump space. In case you don’t know, even the paper that has been shredded into pieces can still be recycled.

Because papers are made from trees, they can easily be thrown into a compost pile to make organic fertilizers for home gardens. Papers can also be recycled into tissue paper and lumber for furniture.

5. Dunlop slippers:

Think back, how many Dunlop slippers do you trash every year? Well, they can be made into toys, slate floors and buffers.  

While only a few recycling programs exist for them, it is a worthy endeavour to identify one and give your slippers a second life they will be proud of.

While most of these items can be creatively repurposed at home, you should also locate a recycling collector to partner with and get started on your Zero-waste living journey.

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