Reduce, reuse, recycle -- easy ways to go green

by tealmermaid

Easy tips and tricks to go green everyday. Do your part to go green!

It can be easy for everyone to be green by following the tips and suggestions here! If we all work together to find sustainable ways, we can head off an impending eco-crisis. Just a few simple changes in your daily life can make a huge difference in the world.

If we can save the planet today, then it will still be around for our grandchildren to enjoy later.

Reduce

Start small: reduce

The first step in the process is a small one: simply reduce your consumption. Think before you buy -- do you really need it? (An important distinction is to learn the difference between "I want" and "I need".) Is there a more eco-friendly option for the particular item you wish to buy? Head off impulse buys by researching before you even set foot in a store. Think it over a few days; it will still be there later if you really need it.

Go paper-free

Take a look around the house at how much unnecessarily paper creeps in. A big thing you can do for the environment is put a stop to it.

  • Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper towels.
  • Share books and magazines with friends and neighbours. Even better, go to the library.
  • Get off junk mail lists.
  • Send emails to invite friends and family over.
  • Pay bills online whenever possible.

Reuse

Once, twice, third time around (or more!)

It is not good enough to buy, then toss. Can you reuse something? Can someone else use it? Pass it on when you are done with it.

Where can you give or sell used items?

  • Freecyle
  • Craiglist
  • Local charities (veterans' groups, church groups, etc)
  • eBay
  • Homeless shelters, pet shelters
  • Amazon
  • Auction houses
  • Antique shops
  • On the curb with a "free" sign
  • Consignment shops
  • Yard sale
  • Flea market
  • Thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers)

Buy reusable products

Picture a house without disposable items. It is only recently that paper plates and cups became a household fixture, so let's change it back before it becomes a habit. Plastic bags are a recent innovation, and they are already banned in many parts of Europe to reduce waste. Don't buy single-use items, period.

Carry a reusable water bottle rather than buying water while you are out.

If you have a stainless steel or aluminum bottle with you, you can quench your thirst without wasting a plastic bottle. They are lightweight and easy to transport, and they are cool to look at -- from classic solid colours to bright modern designs, there is a perfect design for everyone! Plus, they can be recycled if it ever breaks. Reuse and recycle your water bottle. You can't beat that.

Use a reusable shopping bag.

Why use one? The question should be, why shouldn't you use one? "Paper or plastic" is an outdated choice; it's now "canvas, netting, or recycled plastic". No matter which you prefer, it's the right choice! They're lightweight, strong, and durable. Bring your own bag every time you go shopping and see how few bags are stashed in your cupboard at the end of the year -- and how much plastic you can keep out of the landfill.

Take a snack while you are out and about.

Instead of stopping for fast food, take out a container of your favourite trail mix, granola, or fruit. It's good for the environment and your waistline!

Buy vintage

They don't make stuff like they used to. That fifty year old dress is probably better-wearing than anything you could buy today. Grandma's old sofa can be better than new once reupholstered. This has an added bonus of providing unique items for yourself and your home simply because it is not from the big box store.

Recycle

Not first but last

It may be the eco-tip everyone thinks of first, but it's the last step: recycle. If you can't avoid buying it and you really must dispose of it, recycle it.

Did you know that you can recycle:

  • batteries
  • computers
  • mattresses
  • scrap metal
  • styrofoam
  • CDs
  • CFL bulbs

Check with your local village to find out what items can be recycled. Most places will take paper and metal. Many locations can also accept plastics of various types. Check your plastic item for its recycling number and call your local recycling centre to see if it can be accepted.

Go green everyday

Reduce, reuse, recycle -- go green!
Reduce, reuse, recycle -- go green!

The important thing to remember is that going green is all about small steps. Making one small change each day will quickly add up into a whole new green lifestyle. Start now for a better tomorrow.

1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew (1000 Series)

If you like crafting and need ideas for how best to reuse an item, this book has an incredible array of suggestions from the author's own crafting experiences. You are certain to find the best idea for repurposing your particular item.

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Do you try your best to go green?

Updated: 09/12/2015, tealmermaid
 
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