In many parts of the world right now, cold and flu season is in full swing. Unfortunately, that also means that the tissues (Kleenex) are flying. I would guess that as a family of four, we go through a box of tissues every few days during the winter. A whole lot of tissues = a whole lot of empty tissue boxes. To offset my family’s paper waste (tissues cannot be recycled) and keep my good recycling karma, I reuse empty tissue boxes as mini trash cans.
Tissue box trash can
Where to use it: in a craft or sewing room, a child’s room, or any place where trash is in small amounts. Also perfect in the baby’s nursery as a receptacle for used wipes (cloth or disposable) when using cloth diapers.
What do do when it’s full: empty and reuse it of course! If it has become wet, dirty or otherwise un-reusable, empty it and recycle it. If it’s full of paper-only material, you can throw the whole box and contents into your paper recycling bin.
Take this One Small Step one step further: Try using a hanky, even occasionally, to cut down on your tissue use. This may not be the ideal choice for everyone, but it’s worth a try! If you don’t have a hanky, you can cut down and repurpose a piece of flannel or other soft material.
Photo by ladybugbkt.