Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Conservation is a hot topic these days. Global warming, carbon footprints, running out of water… Doing your part to keep our earth healthy is of utmost importance both for your generation and for generations to come. But it’s a pretty formidable task. So, want to know how you can make a difference? Practice the three R’s: reduce how much you use, reuse what you can, and recycle the rest. Finally, dispose of what’s left in the most environmentally friendly way. Read the tips below and explore the Consumer’s Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste.
- Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
- Buy and use only what you need.
- Buy products with less packaging.
- Buy products that use less toxic chemicals.
- Repair items as much as possible.
- Use durable coffee mugs.
- Use cloth napkins or towels.
- Clean out juice bottles and use them for water.
- Use empty jars to hold leftover food.
- Reuse boxes.
- Purchase refillable pens and pencils.
- Participate in a paint collection and reuse program.
- Donate extras to people you know or to charity instead of throwing them away.
- Recycle paper (printer paper, newspapers, mail, etc.), plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. If your community doesn’t collect at the curb, take them to a collection center.
- Recycle electronics.
- Recycle used motor oil.
- Compost food scraps, grass and other yard clippings, and dead plants.
- Close the loop – buy recycled products and products that use recycled packaging. That’s what makes recycling economically possible.
At Home and In The Garden – EPA