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We are drowning the world in plastic. It washes onto our beaches, it sits entombed for centuries in landfills, it floats around the ocean in a cloud of microscopic particles twice the size of Texas. Most of it — 88% in Australia — never gets recycled.

Recycling it still takes 10% of the energy of making new plastic — not nothing. It would be nice to use a little less in the first place.

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It can be difficult to grasp how long fifty years are without context. So when you hear that the number gets filed away as "a long time" which isn't helpful at all if you've also filed away a millennium as "a long time". Being told a styrofoam cup takes fifty years to decompose is easily forgettable. Being told that a styrofoam cup takes the lifetime of an African elephant to decompose is a fun little bit of trivia.

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Cleaning out your house is a monster job, physically and mentally. Every decision to toss something becomes a reckoning of your lifestyle. Even when you decide to get rid of a hat, a DVD or a vase, you have to decide whether to give it away, sell it or actually toss it. Today let's just focus on the easy decisions: The stuff you can actually throw away, recycle or (good for you!) compost.

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Vegetable peels, coffee grounds, corn cobs, dryer lint -- they're all waste for sure, but there's treasure in that trash. You could compost them, that's obvious, but let's talk about some more clever ways to reuse those kitchen scraps before they make it to the bin.