From addressing waste to sustainable sourcing, our work is never done. We believe that small steps make a big difference and that together we can make a positive impact on our planet. Whether you are a Green Guru or a Natural-Lifestyle Newbie, below are some tips and resources that can help you with your everyday green routine.
When in doubt, whether you’re thinking food, packaging or household habits, think, “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.” Basically, how can you re-use and recycle to reduce your impact on the environment.
- Reduce: As our population grows on the planet, the need to be mindful of our resources increases. Our natural resources are finite. Making an effort to reduce our environmental impact today, helps to preserve our natural resurces for tomorrow. And we can make an impact. For instance, recycling 1 ton of paper saves the equivalent of 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Not only are we using resources, we’re also creating trash. A lot of it. In 2014, Americans created about 258 million tons of trash or 4.4 pounds per person a day. We recycled and composted only about 34% of our trash, or 87 million tons. That means, the rest went to landfills. Most of what we throw away though can be recycled or composted. It just takes a little effort to find the routing that works for you.
- Re-use: There are many ways to re-use items. In the kitchen, try using re-usable cloth napkins and towels instead of paper towel. And re-use glass jars as vases, drinking glasses or to pack a salad for lunch. Or checkout these awesome ideas from Bored Panda https://www.boredpanda.com/diy-repurpose-old-kitchen-stuff/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic. Of course, then there is secondhand shopping. And while one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, we think secondhand shopping is anything but trashy. Find awesome clothes, books, household goods and furniture and in doing so help reduce the number of items going to the landfill and the need for raw materials to make new items. An added bonus? Secondhand items tend to cost less than their new counterparts.
- Recycle: Recycling reduces the amount of waste we send to landfills and limits pollution as we cut back on the need for new raw materials. It saves energy, conserves our natural resources while limiting greenhouse gas emissions amongst other things. Plastics, metal, glass, cardboard, paper, it can all be recycled. In turn, these items can be used to make new products, even fabrics and clothes. There’s a lot to like about recycling. Not to mention batteries, car parts and so many other items can be recycled, too. Not sure where to take them? Go to search.earth911.com to find a recycling center near you.
- And why stop there, composting is another way to recycle, except instead of stuff, you’re recycling organic matter. Check out our composting page to learn how to get started.