I’m trying to retrain myself to avoid purchasing and throwing away single-use plastic items. Here’s something I’ve come across, that makes a good second-use of a plastic item — rain barrels, made from re-purposed olive shipping containers. These are heavy duty plastic, nearly indestructible*, free of harmful chemicals and well set up to be rain barrels with a bug-and-dirt screen, an overflow and a spigot to connect a garden hose.
A rain barrel can save you money and time in several ways. The water that runs off your roof can be harmful to the foundation of the building. Eavestroughs will direct that runoff into a barrel, where it can be used to water the lawn or garden - anything other than to run back into the basement.
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