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The Green Life: Repurpose Your Plastic: Compact-Disc Dumbbells

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February 15, 2012

Repurpose Your Plastic: Compact-Disc Dumbbells

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In the immortal words of Mr. McGuire from The Graduate: "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. . . . Are you listening? . . . Plastics." This week, we'll provide tips on how to reuse and recycle everyday plastic items.

Tip #3: Recycle CDs Creatively

Scratched your favorite CD beyond all repair? Unsure of what to do with your enormous hair-metal collection? Think before you throw those CDs away — they are not biodegradable, and when incinerated, give off nasty toxins. There are multiple CD recyclers all over the country that would be happy to take your unwanted collection. But if you're feeling more creative, you can make CD coasters, clocks, lamps — even dumbbells. Plastic jewel cases can also be turned into art.

--photo courtesy of iStock/panchof

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