Repurpose, Reuse, and Recycle

Think twice before throwing something out. There are thousands of ways to reuse and repurpose empty containers and household items that are broken or worn out for the purpose originally intended. When recycling things into a new way of using them, you gain value, save money, and contribute less to the over-burdened landfills.

In contemporary times, we need to change our attitudes about one-use disposable items. Postconsumers website reminds us, most plastics do not degrade for 450 years, and some do not biodegrade for up to a thousand years. During all that time, plastic bottles release toxic materials into the environment. The Egyptians left their legacy of the pyramids. Modern humankind leaves the legacy of plastic.

Here are some clever and surprising ways to use common household items to give them a second life:

  • Use the fabric from a broken umbrella to make a reusable shopping bag. Just sew the two sides together.
  • Use broken crayons and bottle caps to make votive candles. Using an empty can, remove any paper from the broken crayons, gently melt them, and pour the melted wax into the bottle caps. Add a wick before the wax cools. For safety, float the votive candles in a bowl of water while burning them.
  • Use broken plates and dishware as decoration for garden borders and around the base of plants.
  • Use an old bicycle wheel as a hanging pot rack.
  • Remove the drum from a broken washing machine and use it to make an outdoor fire pit.
  • Use an old suitcase as a coffee table that also provides storage. Just add wooden legs. Old suitcases lined with worn out bedding materials also make terrific beds for small pets.
  • For the plastic bottles, which cannot be recycled, they make great flowerpots, drawer organizers, penholders, lamp covers, decorative chandeliers, wall decorations, jewelry holders, outdoor shade coverings, and so much more, only limited by your imagination. Use the bottle caps to make a decorative mosaic.

Contact the agents at Access Insurance Services to review an existing home insurance policy for adequate coverage or to get a new policy if you just moved into the neighborhood. You can request a quote using the contact form on the Access Insurance Services website.

What You Need To Know About Fender-Bender Fraud

Fender bender fraud happens more than you might realize. It happens in Texas, and you need to know about how to detect whether it’s happening to you so that you can take the necessary steps to prevent it. Otherwise, it could end up costing you a significant amount of money, especially if the case makes it to the courtroom.

Warning Signs

There are several warning signs regarding fender bender fraud. Many times, you will be able to tell that something isn’t right from the very beginning. Such warning signs are:

-You drive an expensive car
-The person came out of nowhere
-They don’t want to involve the cops
-They question why you take photos

What You Need to Do

Regardless of what the other person wants, you need to do what is right for you when you experience a fender bender. This means that you need to call 911 immediately and report the accident. You also need to wait at the scene until the police arrive so that you get a report written from someone who is impartial.

You also need to take photos with your cell phone so that you can report the extent of damage on both vehicles. This will make it easier to see what damage is in place so that a person cannot go back and add additional damage later on. It will also help to explain the full impact received on the car, which could also help to explain away potential injuries that a person claims to have later on.

Never drive around in San Antonio without having sufficient auto insurance. Call today and one of our independent insurance agents at Access Insurance Services can guide you through the entire process to ensure you have a quality policy.