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Living Green in Porter County Indiana: Part 2 – Reusing

August 2, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Whether you are looking at saving some money or improving the environment, a lot of us are looking for ways to live a ‘greener’ life. What does living a ‘greener’ life mean?

In “Living Green in Porter County Indiana: Part 1 – Recycling” we talked about ways that we can recycle and where residents can recycle throughout the Porter County Indiana area. This week we will be taking a look at how we can use exisiting materials we have and reuse them in order to Reduce the amount of new goods that we purchase.

There are many things that we can reuse in today’s life. You can start by looking at what you do on a daily basis. One way to start is to shop at local resale shops throughout Porter County for items that may be needed. Some of the major resale stores you may have heard of are Plato’s Closet for teen clothing or CD Replay for your gaming and entertainment needs.

One that I tend to check in at for those items that do not need to be purchased new is Duneland Resale on 8th and Broadway in Chesterton Indiana. The first reason I go is so the items that are purchased are reused (someone else used them and then donated them to Duneland Resale). The next reason this is one of the resale shops I go to is that they put money back into the community by assisting the residents in need with selected expenses for those that qualify.

You can also utilize services like your public library to reuse books that have been donated to them. By checking a book out at your local library one resource is being used by many different people instead of 50 different people having to purchase a book, one book is used for all to read.

While these are some simple solutions anyone can use to reuse some of the common everyday items like clothing, books, and entertainment, there are a number of other ideas and methods to help you reuse products out there.

What does living green in Porter County Indiana mean for you?

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Jim Sims is a licensed Realtor with McColly Real Estate. With a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Purdue University Calumet, he loves to leverage the best of today's technology to achieve his clients real estate goals. While Jim facilitates real estate needs throughout Northwest Indiana, he specializes in the Northern Porter County communities of Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Portage and Porter Indiana. Learn more about Jim and visit

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2 Responses to “Living Green in Porter County Indiana: Part 2 – Reusing”
  1. Duneland Resale has been great for not only Chesterton Indiana, but also the residents in the surrounding communities of Porter Indiana and Burns Harbor Indiana. Over the years we have made many donations to Duneland Resale so others could benefit from clothes and items that were still of great use.

  2. I have for years donated and shopped at the local Goodwill’s and Salvation Army’s, they both help local families and reduce the amount of new goods produced. Remember reduce, reuse, recycle! If more people followed this simple rule our children will have a better life! Pick up trash when you see it and teach your peers to do the same!

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