Tag Archives: Recycling

Earth Day DIY Tip – recycle old foam into new insoles

slipper insoles from recycled foam

Earth Day is just around the corner so I thought I would share a DIY project I did recently. A few months ago I created some insoles from an old sheet of foam. I’m not positive about this, but I think the hospital gave us the foam when our last child was born three years ago. I saved the foam instead of throwing it in the garbage because I figure I could use if for something someday. Well now I have. I created a pair of insoles for my boots and another pair for my slippers. Why spend $10 to $20 on new insoles when you can make new ones by recycling old foam?

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Hello Earth, Goodbye Waste

Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Recycling is year round, but this time of the year I usually focus on recycling items that our garbage hauler won’t collect. I store these items in the garage until I’m ready, and then I take the items to the appropriate place for recycling. I mentioned in another blog post that you can recycle your batteries and fluorescent bulbs at Home Depot, but there are several places that offer free recycling:

  • Best Buy – electronics like TVs, DVD players, computer monitors, audio and video cables, cell phones, etc
  • Target – aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, MP3 players, cell phones and ink cartridges
  • Walmart – Samsung, Durabrand and Ilo consumer electronics (other brands are recyclable for a fee)
  • Ikea – paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, compact fluorescent light bulbs and batteries
  • Lowe’s – rechargeable batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), cell phones and plastic shopping bags
  • Home Depot – batteries and fluorescent bulbs
  • Goodwill – computers, computer accessories and some electronics items
  • Salvation Army – plastics (old wastebaskets, broken Rubbermaid products, large children’s toys), broken jewelry pieces (including the backs of earrings), stuffed animals, cardboard, metal, cell phones, old computers and computer monitors, purses, clothing, shoes, and books

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