8 Ways To Upcycle Your Trash: College Edition

8 Ways To Upcycle Your Trash: College Edition

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
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While browsing through the wonder-site that is Pinterest, I took note of some simple ways to reuse, or upcycle, the trash that is common for college students. All of these projects are easy, DIY ways to reuse the old trash that is sitting in your dorm room. Here are eight ways to upcycle your trash.

1. Detergent pod plastic bag holder.

Every college student has to do laundry, and the pod is probably the most frequently used detergent. While very convenient in cleaning your clothes, the pod packaging is quite large and wasteful. Transform your pod package into a plastic bag holder.

2. Milk jug supplies organizer.

A lot of times when we are finished drinking milk, we throw away the plastic without thinking of the beautiful things it could transform into! Simply make a few cuts, paint it, and adorn it with accessories, and -- voila! You have yourself a new desk supplies cup on your desk.

3. T-shirt, no-sew tote bag.

Instead of throwing away your old t shirts, turn them into useful tote bags! With no sewing required, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be making this.

4. Laundry softener napkin holder.

For all the times you need a napkin (more often than you probably would think), you also need a napkin holder. Although this upcycle seems kind of weird, it is very handy and has the potential to look very fashionable as well.

5. T-shirt crochet rug.

Although this one may be a bit more difficult and time consuming than the no-sew bag, it is still cool. Make this if you have quite a few stained T-shirts, or if your roommate is trying to get rid of some clothes you can make this instead of throwing the shirts away..


6. Old lightbulb penguin ornaments.

Although Christmas is almost a year away, do not let that stop you from decorating your room with these adorable penguins. Use your old light bulb to create an amazingly cute little penguin (cute any time of year).

7. Soda bottle piggy bank.

Instead of throwing away your empty 3-liter soda bottle, upcycle it instead. With a little paint and a curly pig tail, this is an amazing way to save move and reuse plastic.

8. Cardboard storage tote.

This one is for when you order too many clothes online. Use the empty shipping box to create a storage tote, which could organize the older clothes in your closet. This storage tote can be accessorized with pretty much anything, but use cute fabrics that match your room for the best aesthetic.

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.

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"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"


Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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What You Can And Should Do If You Oppose Alabama's Abortion Ban

We've all seen the tweets, posts, and Instagram stories about the abortion ban, but here are three things that we can actually do about it.

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"So if I perform an abortion for a woman who was raped in Alabama, I would go to jail for many more years than the rapist himself? Cool, cool, cool." — @JohnJiao
"Make no mistake - a state that criminalizes abortion but ranks 50th in public education doesn't give a shit about children." — @wittelstephanie
"Alabama has the highest infant mortality rate in the country. Somehow I don't think this was about care of children." — @Amy_Siskind

Above are just some of the reactions Twitter users had after the Republican-controlled Alabama state legislature saw the passage of a total abortion ban at the hands of 25 male politicians and Governor Kay Ivey. This law makes Alabama the state with the strictest abortion policy in the U.S., as it only leaves an exception for when the mother's life is at risk. But in the bigger, perhaps more frightening, picture, this law also further brings into question the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning the Roe v. Wade decision. Seeing as this law is directly challenging the Supreme Court's ruling that it is unlawful to place "undue burden" on a woman seeking an abortion, the opportunity to overturn the court's decision will come if they decide to hear the case against the state of Alabama.

In lieu of this, there has been an overwhelming amount of outcry and discussion via social media and it doesn't seem to be dying down, but the next step is to turn these feelings of anger, disappointment, and fear into action.

So, what exactly can you do?

Donate

We hear it all the time, "every dollar counts." Donations can make all the difference, but the struggle is finding the right places to donate your money to. Below I have listed several organizations which are providing meaningful help, and are dedicated to the fight for abortion rights.

The Yellowhammer Fund of Alabama helps provide access to abortions for people at one of the three abortion clinics in Alabama. This organization even helps pregnant women get to another state for a procedure as soon as possible, because although the abortion ban hasn't gone into effect yet abortion access is still something many women in Alabama don't have.

The American Civil Liberties Union is a longstanding, national organization which fights for the rights of the public. They have repeatedly vowed to do all they can, legally, to reverse this ban. By donating to the ACLU your money would be contributing to the larger legal battle over abortion rights.

Planned Parenthood only has two branches in Alabama and they're going to need all the donations they can get for these two clinics to provide for a whole state. For Planned Parenthood, as well as all the other organizations listed, you can donate by simply clicking on the hyperlink attached to its name.

I decided to include the next place you may want to donate to because data shows that in Alabama black women will be most impacted by the state's abortion ban. Not only will they be unable to get abortions, but they will then face an increased risk of criminalization if they do find a way to get an abortion, so donating to organizations like Sister Song ensures your donations are fully inclusive of all the victims of this law.

On a similar note of inclusivity, the LGBTQ+ community is and will be continuing to struggling with abortion access as another facet to the issue. Organizations like Southern Equality and the Alabama-based TKO Society, are grassroots movement founded and led by black, transgender, gay, lesbian, and gender non-conforming people, which are sharing Governor Ivey's phone number and asking for Alabamians to urge her to veto the law and helping provide abortion access to the LGBTQ+ community.

Volunteer

Find your local abortion fund by visiting the National Network of Abortion Funds. This site will not only show you where your local abortion fund is and where the nearest place to get an abortion is, but how to support them in other ways. Not everyone can afford to donate their money, but we can all donate some time. It is important to remember that, considering the push to overturn Roe v. Wade, it is essential we support abortion funds and clinics in more liberal states as well.

VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE WHICH REFLECTS YOUR BELIEFS, AND YOUR OPPOSITION TO THIS BAN IN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

As you can see by the all-caps, I can't stress this enough.

You can also help groom better progressive candidates by donating to organizations like Justice Democrats. Justice Democrats "is working to elect a mission-driven caucus in Congress that will fight for solutions that match the scale of our many crises: skyrocketing inequality, catastrophic climate change, deepening structural racism… and the corporate takeover of our democracy." While donating to interest groups, non-profits, and other non-governmental groups (as listed in the first section) will help the individual people who are struggling right now, it is equally important for there to be legislative solutions. Without creating political change through voting and supporting the right candidates, the work of these non-governmental groups will never be done.

I hope you found this article helpful and that, together, we can ensure bodily autonomy for ALL women. In the meantime, stay mad. Accepting that "this is the law now," or telling yourself "it doesn't affect me because I don't live in Alabama," or saying "my state is too liberal for this to ever happen here" is the attitude that will be our ruin. We can't simply sit back and allow the male-dominated Republican party to continue pushing for the Supreme Court to overturn of Roe v. Wade. Lastly, it might be smart to stock up on Plan B just in case?

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