Ralph Waldo Emerson once described a weed as, “a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Might we not consider garbage in the same way? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, after all. To the non-recycler, an empty bottle is garbage. To the reuse enthusiast, that empty bottle could be a chandelier, a vase, a drinking glass, a candelabra … you get the picture.
In a world being consumed by waste, it’s time to think of our trash in a different light (and save some money while we’re at it). The following 50 tips are just a few of the endless ways in which to discover the virtues of garbage.