Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Start by working to reduce the amount of household waste you produce. The easiest way to get started is by reducing the number of disposable products you buy and replacing them with reusable ones. You can also reduce your carbon footprint by using earth friendly transportation – ride your bike, try the bus, carpool with a friend. Also, working to cut back your utility bills will reduce harmful waste.
As I mentioned, replace disposable products with reusable ones. You will also find you save a lot of money by investing in reusable items. Here are some ideas for reusable items:
- Replace your disposable batteries with rechargeable ones (when the disposable ones run out, of course).
- Buy washable napkins and cleaning cloths.
- Reuse your shopping bags or purchase a reusable canvas shopping bag.
- Buy cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are expensive and create tons of waste in the landfills.
- Purchase a refillable water bottle instead of disposable bottles of water.
- Buy reusable containers, such as Tupperware, instead of disposable sandwich bags.
- Buy large refill sizes of soaps, cleaning supplies, lotions, etcetera rather than purchasing more small bottles.
- Use a reusable travel mug. Bring it everywhere with you. You’ll even get a 10 cent discount anytime on any Starbucks drink when you bring your reusable mug.
- You can also reuse items around your house by re-purposing them. Check out these fun ways to reuse household items!
You can also do your part to reduce and reuse (and save yourself money) by buying used items instead of new ones. Check thrift stores, garage sales, and used book stores before buying new. In turn, donate your unwanted items to second-hand stores of have a garage sale so that other people can reuse them. Instant good karma!
So you have already done your part to reduce and reuse. Before you throw anything in the trash, inevitably sending it forever to the landfill, check to see if it is recyclable. With all the materials out there, it can be difficult to know what is recyclable. Here are some recycling guidelines:
- Check the bottom of your bottles for the triangular recycling symbol made up of three arrows. This is the easiest way to tell if an item can be recycled.
- If in doubt, contact your local recycling jurisdiction. They will be able to fill you in on their recycling policies and procedures.
- Remove bottle caps. Bottle caps are made out of a different material than the bottle itself. By removing the cap and throwing it away, you will help the recycling process move along.
- Rinse your bottles. You can help the recycling process by simply swishing a little water around in soiled bottles before throwing them in the recycling bin.
- For a complete A-Z list of how to recycle just about everything, check here.
- Don’t forget to look for products made from recycled materials when you’re shopping as well!
Not only will reducing, reusing, and recycling save you money, but it will also help create a happier and healthier world one step at a time. Happy recycling!