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