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Proper Green: What should I do with empty toilet paper rolls?

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Don’t become a hoarder! Members share their best easy ideas for recycling or reusing empty toilet paper rolls right now.
Dear Readers,

This week, Proper Green is turning the tables! Earlier this month, Recyclebank posted this common concern on Facebook:



You guys had so many great responses, we’re featuring many of your answers here.

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First things first: Bonnie Jean had the right idea with her suggestion, “Recycle them! You’ll have more. Lots more!” More importantly than the fact that you’ll always come across more toilet paper rolls, is what you do with the ones you do get rid of. It’s generally a pretty safe bet that your toilet paper rolls are recyclable along with your paper recycling, so definitely don’t put them in the trash.

If you can’t bare parting with your stash, use them:
And if you have more than these ideas help you put to use, Jeanne Perry’s idea might be the one for you: Check with local schools to see if they’d accept them; many art teachers would be thankful for the donation.

How do you reuse your toilet paper rolls? Share your ideas in the comments below!
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Proper Green is Recyclebank's green advice column. From promoting good manners in a green world (because ideas about what constitutes proper behavior and the environment are still evolving) to providing easy ways to make your every day more sustainable, Proper Green aims to help smooth the way with answers to questions that are important to you!

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  • Alexa P. 2 years ago
    I cut the TP cardboard in half and start my garden seeds in them that way I don't have to buy those mini cardboard planters at the home improvement stores. Plus they naturally decompose once I bury them so I don't even take the plant out when they are finally ready to go in the ground.
  • Jenny Kaestner S. 2 years ago
    Art projects for my kids.
  • Beth B. 2 years ago
    Stuff with hay for my guinea pigs
  • Sandi H. 2 years ago
    Bathroom tissue rolls are an excellent way to keep scarves organized. Just place the folded scarves in the tubes and then in a drawer with the tubes on end. You can still identify which scarf is which.
  • Lynette N. 2 years ago
    I like to loop a piece of string through the tube and tie it. then coat in peanut butter and roll in bird seed. Hang them up in trees during the cold harsh part of the winter. The local birds will benefit.
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