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 I recently received a promotion and have old business cards that I can no longer hand out. Are there good ways to reuse these, or should I just send them to the recycling bin?

Posted on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010

Fortunately, being made of paper, business cards are among  those items that can be chucked into the recycling bin. However, if you lean towards the creative side, there are a number of ways in which you can reuse these cards: 

Cue Cards!
Nervous about your economics presentation? Tongue-tied about an intimidating phone conversation? Fear no more, you'll have all your points down thanks to your handy leftover business card cue cards! Discreet and the perfect hand-held size, these business cards will let you keep your major points in check as well as wave good-bye to the days of clunky index cards.

Matching Game!
You've been left with your four year-old niece in a surprise babysitting scenario, with the minute hand ticking by slower than the rate of tectonic plate shifts. Only amateurs leap for the television remote; you have your business card matching game on hand! To prepare, just take all those leftover cards and either paint or color them in pairs on the blank side, and voila! The little child will be riveted; just don't be surprised when they beat you at the game.

Love Cards!
Forget about Valentine's Day. Who knew your stodgy business cards could become one of your most romantic gestures? They're the perfect size as little notes to be left in your loved one's purse, under their pillow, or in their lunch bag. You get extra points if you decorate them with paint and glitter.

Gift Cards!
Take two cards, glue the printed sides together, take care of your 'To' and 'From', hole punch the corner, and use a ribbon to attach it to your thoughtful present. So long, five-dollar greeting cards.

Shopping List!
Was it baking soda or baking powder you needed? Oh wait; you can just check your mini business card shopping list.

Tags: Creative Re-use of Materials, Eliminating Waste, Mixed Recycling, Office supplies, Waste

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