Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I try to incorporate all of these into my daily lifestyle. I’m far from perfect, but I try my hardest. April 22 is Earth Day, but ‘celebrating’ one green day a year isn’t enough. It needs to be a daily lifestyle change. I’ve put together a list below of ways I go green daily, to make everyday earth day!
One of the biggest struggles seems to be getting companies involved. I have tried unsuccessfully for years to implement a recycling program at my office. Since they won’t be making changes anytime soon, I have a box under my desk where I let the recyclable items collect and bring them home to recycle. Several other co-workers do the same or add to my pile.
One of the biggest local failures to me is Starbucks. All their cups (hot & cold) and sleeves are recyclable, and Simsbury has several recycling initiatives, but sadly whenever I visit there are many cups in the garbage – just look at their barrels:
The corner of our kitchen counter becomes a daily collection spot where the recyclable pile starts and gradually spreads, until it’s worth a trip to the recycle bin. Below is one day’s worth of items. The more time you spend examining items before you throw them away the more items you find with recyclable components.
Repurpose – Starting with furniture, I have several pieces in my house that were Craigslist finds or side of the road treasures that with some elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint have been transformed!
The dresser in my daughter’s room is actually an old chicken nester – but after a thorough cleaning (think feathers & poop combined!) and a coat of paint it may be one of my favorite pieces!
On a smaller scale, I pack fruit for my daughter’s lunch in reusable baby food jars, and for myself jelly jars work great!
Tag Sale/Consignment – Another method of giving old items new life, are online tag sale groups. I’m a member of Simsbury Neighbors Helping Neighbors a FB group where members can sell unused items and earn some money while clearing items out of their house and saving them from a landfill. The same theory works for purchasing new clothes. I recently discovered Thred Up, an online consignment store http://www.thredup.com/r/CX3GKU. It meets my shopping needs without purchasing brand new, and it’s perfect for A’s play clothes.
Composting – this one is huge! Check out some ideas to incorporate composting into your daily life here:
Electronics Recycling – After watching a video on the ‘processing’ of electronic waste and the highly toxic effects on our world’s youth, I quickly changed my view on how easy it is to just dump everything into the garbage. Now I store all old electronics and make a yearly trip to the electronics recycling center in West Hartford. http://greenmonsterecycling.com/ It’s fast, free and they unload everything for you! And for your viewing pleasure, the video that set me straight.
I’m sure there are many things I’m leaving off this list, please offer up some new green methods for me to add to my list!
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