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Earth Week.. err Day. Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.

April 21, 2009


This Wednesday is Earth Day so every day this week I will be giving a few environmental tips for you. 🙂 There are many things you can do to help the environment. Something as simple as saving your soda cans and taking them to the local recycling center every other week. You could even get a bit of money for them!

Tuesday, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!!

Anything you throw away will end up in a landfill. There have been many advancments in the last few decades regarding trash disposal.

Reduce. Here are a few simple things you can do at home:

  1. Buy less. We have grown accustommed to having more than we know what to do with. Once a toy gets boring we want a new one. We have so much “stuff” and not enough space for it. Only buy what you need. Also, when you’re done with something, pass it along to another person who can put it to good use.
  2. Avoid single-serve containers whenever possible. Buy in bulk in large containers and divide it into smaller single-serve washable containers. This also goes for soda, yogurt, chips, cookies, etc.
  3. Cancel your unwanted junk mail. Did you know you can all toll-free numbers in catalogs and credit card applications and ask to be removed from their mailing lists? You’ll get less junk mail to go through and reduce paper waste.

Re-use. Here are a few simple things you can do at home:

  1. Donate the stuff you don’t use anymore instead of throwing it away. Clothes, appliances, furniture, etc. Keep a large bag or box handy to put all this stuff in (It’s just as easy to throw it away as to put it in a box). Only donate clean clothes with no holes, appliances that work, or furniture that can be used again. Find your local Good Will store or Salvation Army.
  2. Hold a yard sale. If you clean out a room or your garage, you don’t have to throw useful stuff away if you don’t want it anymore. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You can get rid of your old stuff, let someone else use it and get enjoyment out of it, and make money in the process!

Recycle. Here are a few simple things you can do at home:

  1. Almost anything can be recycled into something else.
  2. Here are some items that can be easily recycled: Aluminum Cans, Water Bottles, Newspaper, Cardboard, Magazines, Oil, Glass, etc.
  3. Find your local recyling center.

Resources:

Bottles and Cans

National Institute of Environmental Health

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