Finding New Green Uses for Old Things
August 25, 2009
As I mentioned in the last post, Nicaraguans often find many creative ways to reuse old or broken items. Part of this resourcefulness is in response to the lack of an organized trash collection in rural areas. In a rural community in Nicaragua, people must dispose of their own trash, which in many cases, means burning trash. Nicaraguans are also pretty creative when it comes to reusing old things because they don’t have much extra money to go and buy something new–most people in the countryside grow their own food and often don’t have a lot of harvest left over that they can sell. As a result, Nicaraguans try to make whatever they need out of materials at hand, which often means recycling a broken item into something else.
What do you think of these recylced items?
Nicaraguans often reuse old car and bus tires. Adults can turn the tires inside out to make large planters for vegetables and herbs, or even basins to collect water!
What kinds of new things could you make out of some of the old items in your trash or recycling cans? Share your ideas here!