The next time you have a pile of old plastic newspaper bags or cardboard paper towel tubes, think twice about throwing them in the garbage. There may just be a better solution than clogging up the local landfill.
Real Simple magazine has just come out with a new book entitled Real Simple 869 New Uses for Old Things in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Those who are familiar with the magazine know that Real Simple has a section in its monthly publication called ‘New Uses for Old Things.’ This section is dedicated to coming up with creative new uses for everyday household items that you may not have ever thought of before.
Like the title says, the book contains 869 inventive and new ways to use everything from A to Z, compiling many of the ideas that have been featured in the magazine over the past 10 years into one handy reference book. All of the items are listed in alphabetical order just like in an encyclopedia or dictionary, so you can find the items you are looking for quite easily.
In this day and age of going green, Real Simple 869 New Uses for Old Things is a helpful tool for finding different ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Not only do these ideas help our earth, but the ideas are also very thrifty, which can be very valuable in saving money during these tough economic times.
Some examples of the clever suggestions in the book include the following:
• A seam ripper is not just for the seamstress any more. It can be used to cut away hair from a vacuum’s roller brush.
• Even if you are not a coffee drinker, coffee filters can still come in handy. Serve chips or popcorn in a filter for perfect portions on the go, or push a Popsicle through the middle of a filter to catch the melting, drippy mess.
• Store a plastic newspaper bag in your purse or briefcase. On a rainy day, use one to cover a wet umbrella.
• Cardboard paper towel tubes can be used to dispense plastic grocery bags. Just stuff some bags inside a tube, tuck the tube in a drawer, and pull out a bag when needed.
I definitely recommend Real Simple 869 New Uses for Old Things. This book would be a very useful addition to any bookshelf. It would also make a great gift for just about anybody.
The book retails for around $28 and can be found in bookstores or on Amazon.com.
Real Simple 869 New Uses for Old Things by the editors of Real Simple Magazine