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• Under your dryer.
• On the street.
• At the restaurant on the floor next to the cash register.
• Old bank accounts
• Forgotten IRS returns
• In an old secret hiding place.
• Your baby’s diaper bag. Most parents will throw a wallet into the bag and then change will fall out.
• In your high-end camera bag.
• Change is almost always at the bottom of one of my backpacks.
• In between the cushions in your car.
• In any guy’s pants pocket.
• Next to a fountain that people throw coins in and make a wish. I tend to throw these in the fountain…just in case!
• Whenever the giant pile of snow melts you definitely find change…and some other things.
• Under a ski lift; you will also find tons of gloves, sunglasses, and the occasional hat.
• In your kid’s piggy bank. Hopefully you don’t have to use it though.
• In an old coffee can that was being used as a coin collection jar.
• At your Grandma’s house in odd places.
• In an old coin bag that you used to throw in your purse.
• In your random collection of boxes that everyone seems to always have.
• In the seat of your moped.
• Next to the ticket machine at the light rail station.
• On the bus.
• In your kid’s cheerleading bag.
• On the dance floor-but those coins are usually a little sticky.
• Underneath the outdoor patio at your local bar. If you’re lucky you’ll find some crumpled up dollar bills.
• In the sand at the beach.
• At your next food truck festival you may find change next to the front of each food truck. People are usually furiously digging through their pockets to pull out some change to make their purchase.
• At the “circle of death” during your next cruiser ride. The “circle of death” is where all the cruiser ride participants ride around and party at the end fof the night.
• You’ll sometimes find change on the patio that surrounds your local swimming pool or on the bottom of the pool if other swimmers tossed a coin in for fun. CAUTION-if you aren’t a strong swimmer avoid retrieving those coins.
• In your old yoga bag for the yoga class that you don’t take anymore.
• In your old swear jar.
• Sticking to the bottom of your shoe. It has been known to happen.
• Old garage sale change boxes.
There is an endless number of possibilities to explore and consider when looking to find loose change. Make finding change a game and over time you will be amazed at how often you will find change around you. Let your friends and family know about your loose change love. Have fun!
Fortunately, actions are being taken to reduce overpopulation nationally and globally. The website HowMany.org lists overpopulation proof and solutions on the matter currently being debated by government agencies and advocates around the world. Here are several ideas that would produce the desired results.
Expand Family Planning Methods
Being able to control how many children a family has will go a long way towards slowing population growth. Experts have estimated that there are nearly 222 million women around the world that do not have access to affordable contraception and reproductive healthcare. Providing services that explain family planning methods, reducing the cost of birth control and giving women access to reproductive healthcare are the first steps on the path to reducing global overpopulation. .
Provide Women With Education And Job Opportunities
Ensuring that there are education and job opportunities available to women is a key part of reducing overpopulation, poverty, and inequality between the genders. Women that are educated and have access to jobs generally choose to have smaller families. They can also invest more time and resources in each child. This gives those children a better beginning in life and reduces the chances that they will contribute to overpopulation when they reach adulthood.
Adapt Social Norms To Smaller Families
In some cultures, women are expected to have as many children as nature allows, leading to large families that are difficult to provide for. 80 million unintended pregnancies occur every year in developing countries. Adapting social norms so that smaller families are more acceptable and so those who do not want children are not pressured into having them will help reduce overpopulation. Actions should be taken to reduce teen pregnancy and provide accurate information about contraception to everyone.
Overpopulation and overconsumption go hand in hand. The population of the United States tripled during the 20th century, while consumption of raw materials increased by seventeen times during that time. According to ecofuture.org, overconsumption and overpopulation could eventually limit your freedom to travel, to visit areas rich in natural resources, and to choose what food you eat. Reducing overconsumption would leave more resources to be distributed around the world, reducing poverty and food insecurity in the developing world and giving the developed world more options for their own happiness.
The main argument that overpopulation is a myth rests on the definition of a closed environment. Many of the examples cited by those claiming overpopulation problems are not occurring in closed environments. Crowded cities or poor countries are not closed environments and if government policies prevent food from being transported to where it is needed, policy is to blame, not overpopulation.
It is often claimed that there is not enough food being produced for today’s global population. However, a recently published report in the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture says that the world currently produces enough food to feed 10 billion people and there are only 7 billion of us. Hunger remains a problem in some parts of the world because of poverty and the policies of their governments. Millions of pounds of food are wasted annually in wealthy countries, while poorer countries find themselves struggling to stretch their food supply.
It is also claimed that there is not enough water available to support the current population. Lack of fresh water is a serious issue in many parts of the world, including the state of California, mainly due to it being difficult to move to those who need it. Populations that are near to water sources tend to use much more water than those farther away simply because they have access to it. More investment in research on improving water transportation and conservation methods could provide millions of people in water starved areas with fresh water from far away sources.
A considerable amount of the recent population growth around the world was due to increased longevity, not higher numbers of births. According to the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy for women is 79 years old and 74 years old for men today. In 1950, life expectancy was 71 years old for women and 66 years old for men. In 1900, it was 48 years old for women and 46 years old for men. Today, 48 percent of all people live in a country with below-replacement fertility, according to data from The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.
The Population Research Institute uses these arguments, as well as several others, to advance its position that overpopulation is a myth. It advocates for improving the availability of resources rather than implementing policies that reduce births through increased access to contraception or family planning services. Finding a better way to distribute resources would provide those in impoverished nations with access to more of the things they need to raise the standard of living in their countries.
Use an old bath towel to make a half apron. Just add ties.
Cut your old towels and repurpose them as baby bibs. Cut the towels into bib shapes, hem the edges and add strings.
Old towels make an inexpensive alternative to expensive a baby wipes. Cut old towels into small squares. Keep them on your changing table. Dip in warm water before using. If you use cloth diapers you can wash the wipes with your diapers.
It just takes an old towel and some sewing skills to make a bath pouf.
You will need a rubber gridded mat, three old towels and scissors to make a bathroom rug. Cut towels into thin strips of equal size. Knot each strip on the mat until your mat is completely covered.
Cut an old beach towel into two squares the size of a beach bag. Sew three sides together. Add handles and you have a beach towel beach bag!
An old towel makes an excellent beach sarong. Get a pattern on Pinterest.
Block A Draft
Roll an old towel up and place against bottom of door to block a draft.
You will need some fabric and other supplies, but you can make a bolster pillow and fill it with rolled up old beach towels.
Fold towel in half and cut into 1.5″ strips. Sew three strips together at the top. Braid the three strips. Sew another set of three strips onto the braid. Continue until all the strips are braided together. Wrap braid around and stitch the rows together.
Cut old towels into smaller rags to wash your car. You can also keep some handy in the car to clean up spills.
Chair Pad Cover
Use an old towel to cover the seat of a chair.
Tear an old towel into pieces and use to check oil.
Child’s Pool Robe
Use old towels as the fabric and make your child a pool robe that is perfect for after the pool.
Cut into hand sized pieces for a non-abrasive eye glass cleaner.
Cut old towels into smaller rags for cleaning. You can wash them and reuse.
Wrap an old towel around a broom to clean the cobwebs on your ceiling.
Sew two old towels together and stuff to create new cushions.
Make a toy for your dog with three old dish towels. Tie the towels together at one end. Braid the three towels and tie at the end of the braid
Donate old towels to your local pet shelter. They have many uses for them.
Cut an old towel to fit in a drawer and use as a liner.
Trace an outline of your hand. Add 1/2″ and cut out old bath towels. Sew together to create a dusting mitt.
Sew two large towels together and stuff to make large floor pillows.
Use white towels to make ghost decorations for your yard.
You can make a head wrap with an old towel, elastic loop and button.
Use old towels to make your own hooded towel. Customize with ribbon or embroidery.
Hot Water Bottle Cover
Make a cozy cover for your hot water bottle from old towels.
Ironing Board Pad
Cut an old bath towel to the size of your ironing board. Then cut an old sheet large enough that you can tuck it under the board. Add a drawstring to the sheet to keep it secure on your ironing board.
Cut old towels into 6″ squares. Sew four or five towels together. Then sew an elastic to secure the knee pad on your leg. Don’t make the elastic too tight!
Roll an old towel up and put on windowsill to stop a leak.
Cut an old towel use it on your Swiffer sweeper instead of buying replacement mop pads in the store. You can either discard it after use or throw it in the wash and use again.
For an old fashioned mop that uses a head. Cut your old towel into equal strips. Tie the strips together and attach to your mop.
Wrap old towels around fragile items to keep them safe during packing. You can also scrunch them into gaps in the boxes to keep items from shifting.
Use your old towels to make a bed for your cat or dog. Sew two towels together and stuff them with old plastic bags for a comfy, recycled pet bed.
Sew old towels together to make a picnic blanket. Try using four large towels, but you can always add more if you want a larger blanket.
Place under plants to absorb water when the plant does not have a bottom.
Cut up a few towels into 8 inch squares and stitch them together for a new pot holder. Three or four towels should be thick enough.
Wrap an old towel around a pot to keep it warm at a potluck.
Sew a few old towels together to use as the batting for a quilt.
You will have to Google the instructions on this one, but you can make a pair of slippers with some old towels and flip flops.
Cut towel into pattern. Sew together and stuff to make a soft stuffed animal.
With two used bath towels, some stuffing and sewing supplies you can make a sunbathing towel with built-in pillow.
Add some ties to the end of an old towel and you have a superhero cape! Let your little superhero decorate their own cape with a logo.
Convert an old beach towel into a bag to carry your wet swimsuits.
Swim Cover Up
Use old beach towels to make a swim coverup for your kids.
Tea Towel Cupcake
Fold tea towels to look like cupcakes. Wrap with ribbon and place in cupcake holders.
Tea Towel Cake
Create a cake base from cardboard. Wrap in tea towels and fill with kitchen utensils to create a tea towel cake.
This will take a pattern and some sewing skills, but you can make a cute summer dress out of old towels.
Cut old towels into squares and hem the edges to create wash clothes.
convert old tea towels into a window valence.
There are many, many ways to reuse plastic bags and keep them out of the landfill. The key skill to make most of these projects is learning how to fuse plastic bags. Here are 50 uses for plastic bags:
1. Apply Wax
Wear a plastic bag as a mitt to apply furniture wax or polish.
Make a woven basket out of plastic bags instead of yarn or rope.
Fuse plastic bags together. Cut the fused bags into strips the width of your belt. Attach the fused plastic to a woven back. Cut holes and add belt buckle.
Make bowls and cups out of plastic bags. The instructions are a little complicated so Google if you would like to try.
5. Braided Hanger
Cut plastic bags into loops. Join the loops and use to braid around a plastic clothes hanger. The resulting braided clothes hanger looks attractive and clothes won’t slip off.
Fuse 3 plastic bags together to create “fabric.” Cut into circles the size you want for your coasters.
7. Diaper Bag
Keep plastic bags in your diaper bag to pack dirty clothes and to discard dirty diapers.
Donate your excess plastic bags to an animal shelter, food bank or thrift store.
9. Fill in Gaps
Stuff plastic bags into gaps around pipes and ducts before filling with spray foam or caulk.
Many different techniques exist to form flowers of different shapes and sizes from plastic bags.
Protect plants from frost by putting plastic bags over them.
12. Gift Bows
Cut as many strips from the plastic bag as you can. Strips should be about 1/2″ wide and the width of the bag, but experiment with strip width to see which look you like best. Firmly bind your bunch of strips in the middle with a wire kitchen tie. Trim your bunch so edges are even. Fluff and separate strips from one another, and pull strips up towards center to form a pouf shape.
13. Hand Protection
If you have to pick up something gross, wrap your hand in a plastic bag. It’s a free substitute for a glove!
14. Holiday Wreaths
Using a wire hanger, make a circle shape with the help of pliers. Cut the plastic bags in 1/2″ wide strips. You will have multiple plastic bag “rings.” Cut both ends of these rings. Fold strips in half. Cut the folded end. Fold the strips in half again. Cut the end. Repeat until you have strips that are 5-6″ long. Tie strips onto the wire. Tie the strips tightly together next to each other until you no longer see the wire.
15. Ice/Snow Protection
Wrap your side mirrors and windshield wipers in plastic bags to reduce the amount of scraping you have to do during cold weather.
16. Jewelry Beads
Cut the bag into a 3″ long triangle. Put glue on inside of triangle. Put a thin straw on the long end of triangle and wrap plastic around it. Put modge podge around bead. Let dry for 12 hours. Cut off excess straw. You now have beads to string together into bracelets or necklaces.
Use three plastic bags to practice juggling.
18. Jump Rope
Cut plastic bags open so they are one flat piece. Then cut off the handles and any extra pieces so you are left with one large rectangle of plastic. Next cut each rectangle into long strips. After cutting a few bags worth of strips, start tying the strips together to a little longer than the length you want the jump rope. Make a total of 12 long strips. After twisting the two braids together, tape the ends with duck tape to create a handle.
19. Keep Cast Dry
If you have a broken arm, put a plastic bag over the cast to help keep it dry during a shower.
Cut a bag into the shape of a kite. Tape thin, bendable sticks for frame to the bag. Tie a string to the kite and add a tail made from a long plastic bag strip.
21. Knee Pads
Cut holes in the bottom of two plastic bags and wear them as knee pads while you are gardening.
22. Litter Box
Line the litter box with a plastic bag. It will make cleanup easier when you change the litter.
23. Lunch Sack
Use a plastic bag to carry your lunch to work or school.
24. Miniature Greenhouse
Put a plastic bag over your potted plant to create a miniature greenhouse. Use a bamboo stick to keep the bag from touching the plant.
25. Motion Sickness
Keep a few plastic bags in the car for motion sickness emergencies.
26. Pack Wet Clothes
If you are travelling and have to pack wet clothes, put them in a plastic bag first so that the rest of your clothes won’t get wet.
27. Packing Material
Use scrunched up plastic bags as stuffing to pack boxes, protect fragile items, and keep contents from shifting.
Place a plastic bag over a can of paint before you put the lid on to keep dried paint flakes from falling in can.
29. Paint Brushes
If you need a break while painting, put the brushes in a plastic bag so they don’t dry out.
All you need to make a toy parachute is a plastic bag, some string and a paperclip.
31. Pet Bed
Stuff an old pillowcase tightly with plastic bags. Sew the open end closed and you have a bed for your cat or dog.
32. Pick Up Dog Poop
Instead of buying special poop bags to pick up your dog’s poop, use a plastic bag.
Create woven floor pillows by weaving plastic bags into a pillow shape and stuffing them with more plastic bags.
Fuse 3 plastic bags together with your iron and then cut into the shape of a placemat.
35. Pom Poms
Fold the bag so that the sides are tucked in and it lays nice and flat. Then, fold it into thirds lengthwise. Cut off the sealed bottom and the handles up top. Fold this strip in half and then half again. Thread a twisted length of plastic bag as a “string” through the center of the folded top as pictured. You will use this to gather the pom pom later. Notice at the bottom one flap will have a fold while the other side has raw edges. Just snip along that bottom fold so that all the bottom edges are raw. Cut strips up from the bottom, but leave 1/4″ at the top. Take that ‘string’ along the fold and tie it loosely. Slowly pull it tighter and tighter to ‘gather’ the fringe. Tie it into a knot. Fluff your pom pom.
36. Pom Pom Light
Cover the dome lids from drink cups with double-sided tape. Cut plastic bags into 2″ strips. Wrap each strip around a pencil and stick them to the tape. Put a LED light inside and snap two domes together.
37. Pot Filler
Put a plastic bag at the bottom of a pot before putting in soil and plant. The pot will be lighter to lift and you will use less soil.
38. Pot Scrubber
Cut plastic bags into 1″ strips. Crochet together into a pot scrubber.
Sew plastic bags together to create an environmentally friendly purse.
40. Rain Hat
If you are caught in a downpour, you can use a plastic bag to protect yourself from the rain.
41. Reusable Sandwich Bags
Design cute, reusable bags are from fused plastic bags and fabric scraps.
Weave twisted plastic bags into a rug.
43. Rolling Dough
Put a plastic bag over dough for a nonstick surface when rolling.
Cut plastic bags into sheets. Tie sheets together and then twist. Braid three twisted sections together to create rope.
45. Shoe Protector
Tie plastic bags over your shoes to protect them if you are caught out in the rain or snow.
Stuff plastic bags into your shoes so they keep their shape while air drying.
47. Shower Cap
A plastic bag can be used as a shower cap. Wrap a plastic bag around your hair and tie it closed.
Use a plastic bag to store old rags.
49. Trash Liners
Use plastic bags to keep your trash cans clean. Just pull the full bag out and throw it in the dumpster.
Before clamping up a woodworking project that’s just been glued, slip a plastic bag between the piece you’ve worked on and the clamp blocks. The blocks will slip off easily when the glue has dried.