HELP THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH REDUCE / REUSE / RECYCLE
In this article we are going to explore some ways that you can reduce, reuse, and recycle in order to save money and save the planet. It may sound cheesy but doing your part will help everyone on the planet.
HOW TO REDUCE WASTE AND CONSUMPTION
REUSABLE BAGS/CANVAS BAGS
Some cities have already banned certain one-time use bags and others have implemented taxes to help curb people wanting to use such bags.
If you decide to continue to use the bags that are given out at the store, you should find alternative uses for them once you are done. They make good holders for trash and dog poop. Bring the ones you aren’t using for lunchboxes if you don’t have one. You could also reuse them when you go to the grocery store.
An alternative to one-time use bags would be to purchase reusable shopping bags. They can help eliminate the amount of one-time plastic bags you use.
Bluewave Shopping Tote in extra large size is perfect for just that. The large and spacious interior allows you to put all your groceries and the durable exterior will last you a long time in the harshest environment. Not to mention, the insulated interior will keep your food cold / hot during your errands.
Not only that, there are many other uses for the tote bag besides grocery shopping - picnic at the park or a day at the beach. The perfect companion on all our out door activities and errands, running around town.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Instead of buying bottled water, try getting a quality reusable water bottle that you carry with you and refill. This can save you a lot of money over time and more importantly, prevent you from drinking "chemical" water.
However, don't just settle for any new water bottle brand with a story - do your research and find a reputable water bottle company that manufactures and sells high quality, reusable water bottle. Too many companies just purchase the cheapest products from random sources and slap on their brand, without any true knowledge to the quality and material to what they are selling.
In addition, many businesses and workplaces are recognizing the importance of reusable water containers. As a result, they are installing special filters and fountains to fill bottles with clean water. This can certainly help cut down plastic bottle waste over time.
PLAN YOUR MEALS
One of the biggest wastes we have around the planet is food. Many people don’t even think about leftovers or scraps as being waste but they are. Cutting back on any food that we throw away can help us save money. To manage your food, try planning your meals. By planning meals you know what food you need, what spices/herbs you need, and what you don’t.
UTILIZE LOCAL FOOD WASTE COMPANIES OR YARD WASTE
Not every city has a city run/sponsored food waste program. If you live in a city that doesn’t, why not try one of the many private companies that offer these services. A private company prevents you from having to make your own compost system and most of the hard work is done for you.
You can also cut down on money and compost on your own. Composting isn’t that difficult, it just takes a bit of time out of your day. The biggest cost is setting the system up, then your only cost is your time and occasionally maintenance. Your composting efforts can be turned into fertilizer for your garden and sometimes even be sold if you turn around enough compost. Some neighborhoods have even developed a neighborhood compost so that everyone contributes to the work needed.
ELIMINATE AS MUCH JUNK MAIL AS POSSIBLE
Junk mail is actually a big source of waste. Most of us get junk mail everyday, items like credit card solicitations. Calling these companies or visiting their websites can help you to cut back on the amount of junk mail that you get. A number of online services can also be used to cut back on the junk you get in the mail, these services will contact solicitors for you and save you time.
INSTALL LOW FLOW FAUCETS, REDUCE SHOWER TIMES
Another great way that you can save water is to turn off the sink when you brush your teeth. You brush your teeth for anywhere from 2-3 minutes and a majority of us leave the water on while we do it. Simply shutting off the water can save you 2-3 minutes of water free flowing from the sink and not being used.
REUSING ITEMS AROUND THE HOME
JARS AND GLASS CONTAINERS
NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, AND OTHER JUNK PAPERS
Why not use them to clean the floor or scrub the counter too? Why would you throw away such an item before you have had the chance to use it fully?
We challenge you to try and find something in your home, anything, that doesn’t have at least one other use around the home. Imagination and creativity are a powerful thing, especially when it comes to saving money.
RECYCLING BENEFITS & HOW YOU CAN RECYCLE
Not every town and city runs a recycling pickup. For some that don’t, you can take your recyclables down to the local garbage facility, where you can drop them off to be recycled.
There are some cities that have no type of recycling. What you want to do in this case is look to see if there is a privatized recycling service that you can use. Privatized recycling services will typically charge you more than a city would but they offer you a way to do more for your planet.
Take the idea of reduce, reuse, recycle to heart and do more with your trash. The idea that everything you no longer use, or everything that has served its original purpose, is trash, is a lie. Almost everything that can be used once can be used again. For the things that can’t, they can often be recycled so that they can be remade into something else. Reducing the amount of stuff that you buy and use will help to cut back on your footprint, reusing takes that a step further, and recycling helps to prevent things from going to the trash. Take a step to reduce your footprint, better the planet, and save yourself some money.