The fourth R of green: repairing - Our Daily Green

Friday, April 25, 2014

The fourth R of green: repairing

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One of the most important skills a green-minded consumer can learn is what we sometimes call "the 4th R", repair. While environmentalist stress the "3 Rs of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle", repair is an oft overlooked way of extending the life of an item and keeping it out of the landfill.

When Mr. Daily Green and I were dating, I gave him a toaster as an apartment warming gift. That toaster, purchased in 1988 is still operational today, after several repairs, including a heating element and new cord. It's a source of pride for him to fix things rather than throw them away and fixing things isn't difficult with a few decent tools and skills.

Besides having the right tools for the job, it's important to be able to access and use them in a reasonable and efficient way. You'll need a great toolbox. You can click here to take a look at many different types of toolboxes. Chances are you'll need at least one or two toolboxes to keep all of your supplies and tools organized. If you plan to travel frequently or you do a lot of handiwork for friends and relatives, you'll need both a permanent and a portable toolbox. This will make traveling and on-the-go fixes easier than ever. Make sure that you examine all of your options and choices before you purchase a toolbox. You'll also want to get something sturdy that you know will last for many years to come.

It's also important to get a good table for your garage. Even if you aren't handy or good with tools, you can use your table for storing boxes, sorting things, placing important items, or even just putting your groceries down before you haul them inside. If you are a handy person, you'll enjoy being able to use your table to work on projects, clean items, and build new things. Your table should be long enough to conquer difficult tasks without taking up too much space.

Click here to learn more about several Made in the USA storage options for your repair projects. 


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