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Reduce, reuse, recycle -- easy ways to go green


Reduce, reuse, recycle -- easy ways to go green
It can be easy for everyone to be green by following the tips and suggestions here! If we all work together to find sustainable ways, we can head off an impending eco-crisis. Just a few simple changes in your daily life can make a huge difference in the world.

The important thing to remember is that going green is all about small steps. Making one small change each day will quickly add up into a whole new green lifestyle. Start now for a better tomorrow. If we can save the planet today, then it will still be around for our grandchildren to enjoy later. Do your part to go green!


Start small: reduce

The first step in the process is a small one: simply reduce your consumption. Think before you buy -- do you really need it? (An important distinction is to learn the difference between "I want" and "I need".) Is there a more eco-friendly option for the particular item you wish to buy? Head off impulse buys by researching before you even set foot in a store. Think it over a few days; it will still be there later if you really need it.

Go paper-free

Take a look around the house at how much unnecessarily paper creeps in. A big thing you can do for the environment is put a stop to the paper influx.

Keep it in the community


Once, twice, third time around (or more!)

It is not good enough to buy, then toss. Can you reuse something? Can someone else use it? If it's a gift, re-gift it. Pass the item on when you are done with it.

Easy to reuse items:

Where can you donate used items?

Where can you sell used items?

Buy reusable products

Picture a house without disposable items. It is only recently that paper plates and cups became a household fixture, so let's change it back before it becomes a habit. Plastic bags are a recent innovation, and they are already banned in many parts of Europe to reduce waste. Don't buy single-use items, period.

Buy vintage

They don't make stuff like they used to. That fifty year old dress is probably better-wearing than anything you could buy today. Grandma's old sofa can be better than new once reupholstered. This has an added bonus of providing unique items for yourself and your home simply because it is not from the big box store.


Not first but last

It may be the eco-tip everyone thinks of first, but it's the last step: recycle. If you can't avoid buying it and you really must dispose of it, recycle it.

Did you know that you can recycle these items?

How to set up a home recycling system

Check with your local village to find out what items can be recycled.

Most places will take paper and metal. Many locations can also accept plastics of various types. Check your plastic item for its recycling number and call your local recycling centre to see if it can be accepted.

The most convenient method of recycling is curbside. The village will (usually for a fee) provide a bin and a list of items which can be accepted. Designate an area to store your bin, generally next to the trash bin. If you can recycle it, put it in the recycling bin. The bin can be put to the curb on your trash pickup day.

If you do not have curbside recycling, any recycling will need to be taken to the facility that can recycle that item. There may be a main facility for all types of recycling, or there may be specialized locations for specific types (one for metal, one for paper, etc).

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