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This Laurie Baker PDF starts out with some wisdom.  Rubbish – Like Charity, begins at home.

We are not talking about garbage.  Garbage is foul refuse or worthless filth, while rubbish is waste or worthless material.

According to Baker, This is plastic, paper, cardboard, tin cans, bottle and the like.

That is things you can reuse.  I’m not a pack rat, but waste not want not.  Learning how to make do is a key trait of homesteaders and smart preppers.

Look at this post on plastic rope, that is a perfect example of using trash effectively.

I ended up buying a machine to make that rope more efficiently because it was such a great way to up-cycle trash into useful material.

When writing this post I was amazed at how many books their are on the subject.  I guess I am not the only person (besides Baker) that thinks reducing trash and increasing up-cyling is a smart thing to do.  In the event you are not familiar with up-cycling it is creative reuse, which is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

There are online communities where people freecycle or give away their unwanted things so they stay out of the landfill.

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