We live in the age of excess. On the 1st of August 1955, Life magazine first used the word throw-away society, which came to symbolize the culture of overconsumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items that have taken over the world. Consumerism wants you to believe everything is and should be expendable, and that there is no point in repairing, reusing or in fact using something for very long in the first place. This is very different to what is ingrained in our genetic codes after millions of years in which our ancestors lived in ages of scarcity and tried to make do with the little at their disposal.
It is, therefore, important to find a personal balance and live more sustainably. A good starting point would be to throw away less and re-use more. There is more than one use for most of your household items, although you probably never had the chance to find out. To help you out with that, here are 18 such examples.