6 Simple Things YOU can do to REDUCE WASTE

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I have always had a passion for trying to "save the earth;" I guess that was why I started a recycling club when I was 7 and recruited my neighbors to do a "curb-side recycling" program for our street (before the city began their recycling program).  Now that I'm a stay-at-home-mom, I have to admit that I have lost some of my fervor for saving the earth and I sometimes opt for convenience over being "green."

While recently discussing the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (awesome, life-changing book, by the way) with friends, I started thinking about all the little things that we could be doing that aren't really all that inconvenient, but would help reduce the stress we are causing on this beautiful planet God created.

For Earth Day (today) I wanted to share:

6 simple things you can do to reduce WASTE

1. Participate in your city's recycling program.  I'm pretty sure you're online now... so don't play dumb, google it.  Most cities will pick up your recyclable materials and they will provide a list of the items they will collect and any other info you need.  Find a place in your kitchen or garage to keep an extra box/bag/container to collect these materials.  You will be amazed how much stuff you usually throw away that could be recycled.

Here are some ideas I found on Amazon:

2. Conserve energy and water.  Turn things off when you're not using them.  Pretty simple.  It will save you money too!

3.  Use washable containers for snacks and drinks.  This is a great money-saver too.  I know it is easier to grab pre-packaged snacks and drinks for you or your kids, but it only takes a few extra seconds to put something in a container.

Look at all these cute ones!

4.  Buy used things.  If you want to purchase something that doesn't get worn out or used up after a few uses, try to buy it used to reduce waste and save money!  I like to buy used toys, games, clothes, furniture... etc.  You can start by checking your local Craigslist or Facebook Thrift sales.  I have found a lot of great stuff on Facebook.  If you're not familiar with this just do a FB search for your city and "thrift" or "online garage sale" and you can join groups where local people list items they would like to sell.
5. Reduce yard waste.  Instead of bagging grass clippings, set your lawn mower to turn it into mulch (or ask your lawn crew to do this)-- it is better for your grass and doesn't waste space in the landfills.  If you do have leaves, branches, or clippings that you need to dispose of you can either compost it (creating great fertilizer) or check to see if your city will pick up yard waste and compost it for you.  Where I live all you have to do is put your organic waste in paper bags (instead of trashbags) or specially marked trashcans and the city will pick it up and compost it for you.
6. Reuse things.  Whether it's reusing ziplock bags or repurposed craft materials, you will reduce waste if you can reuse things instead of throwing them away.

recycled materials


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  1. Loved this article, and quite a few others. Keep u the good work!

    - a fellow Mommy Blogger

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