- RECYCLE. REDUCE. RENEW.
We all know the basics: recycling aluminum cans as well as plastic and glass bottles. But do you reuse your water bottles? What about your hummus tubs? Or the plastic bags you get from the grocery store because you forgot to bring your reusable bag.
Reuse containers that previously enclosed hummus, yogurt, etc. You can wash them out and use them as a to-go container for your lunch. Then, recycle them when desired. This is a good go-to if you’re a student, and you need the extra space your fancier to-go containers would be taking up in your schoolbag.
If you don’t have reusable grocery bags, you need to go out and buy yourself one. They’re typically only 1 or 2 dollars, and you can reuse them over and over. To prevent forgetting to bring them with you to the grocery store, try to store them in your car right after you unload your groceries.
If you forget to bring your reusable grocery bags, use the plastic bags as trash liners. No need to buy liners for your trash cans. You’ll save the planet and save your wallet.
- HANG DRY YOUR CLOTHES
Hang drying your clothes simply saves energy. You know what else it does? It saves your clothes. The heat from dryers damages the fibers in your clothing and takes away the color. Hang drying preserve your garments’ fibers, color, and fit. Save your clothes; but most importantly, save the planet!
- SAY BYE-BYE TO JUNK MAIL
We all hate excessive junk emails, and all it takes is a click of a button to unsubscribe. But what about physical junk mail? Think about all of the paper that goes to waste. You don’t need all of that paper piling up…unless you buy a car from the local dealership every week.
- SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS
Whenever you can, buy locally. Local farmers don’t need to transport their produce far thus reducing pollution and packing materials.
Attending local farmers markets is a great social experience, too! You can talk to the local farmers and ask them about the nutrients within their produce and how they cultivate them. You'll find out of the ordinary produce such as yellow watermelon and purple cauliflower that you wouldn't find at the supermarket.
Buying from local farmers helps them support their family. So empower your community and keep the positive vibes flowing!
Do not just throw away items you want to get rid of. Donate! The saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” can go so far. There are others who are less fortunate that can use those shoes you don’t wear anymore, the mattress you no longer need.
Help someone in need. One of the best parts of donating your stuff is that you can choose where you donate it too. You can donate your clothes and other goods to an organization you believe in. You can help a cause close to your heart. You can touch others’ hearts.