You’ve heard of global warming. You’ve seen An Inconvenient Truth. Yet living green still seems like a lofty ideal to some. "Manila generates more than 5,000 tons of solid waste per day—almost 75 percent of which comes from the households,” says the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia. Most of the waste ends up in landfills—or worse, in empty lots and streets.

Help keep our streets clear of rubbish by giving your stuff, and the earth, a new lease on life. Scroll through the gallery below to find out what you can do to old things you intend to throw away so that you're sure they'll be discarded in an earth-friendly way.

Need tips for reusing what you thought was junk? Check out these galleries:

For more ways to go green, read these:

(First published in
Women's Health Magazine, Life Skills section as "De-clutter your life" in September 2010; adapted for use in Female Network)

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