March 12, 2015
If you’re anything like the average person, the word “recycling” calls to mind images of sorting different colors of glass and special bins for paper. There is so much more to going green, waste management and living a green life, than just turning in plastic and paper to see it recycled.
The three R’s Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle seem to have evolved to the point that some people only hear the word “Recycle.” Some people either don’t hear or don’t pay attention to the other two components. The other parts of the three R’s are asking you to reduce as well as to reuse.
What can you do to lower the amount that you are consuming so that the recycling is less necessary? How can you shift to lower consumption and learn to reuse rather than to replace? An eco-friendly greener lifestyle doesn’t have to be costly. It doesn’t mean that you need to buy higher priced goods or do amazing feats of “greenness.” ( yes, it’s a word, trust us.)
No one can be green every minute of every day, but little things matter a lot. You’re not got to get it all right in the beginning, but you can insert a little bit of going green and waste management in everything that you do.
Here are 10 tips to help you to reduce and reduce goods by going green, that you can use in order to assure a cleaner and brighter tomorrow.
If you build, no matter what you build, think going green. Many building projects can be done using green building materials which are available in nearly every home and garden store. Low toxins and low residue materials are available for nearly every project that you’d consider building. Take a second look at the kind of building materials that you’re using for any home or business project you undertake and lower your environmental footprint.
In hundreds of ways we can reduce what we’re adding to the environment. Lowering the thermostat just a few degrees in the winter time lowers our use of carbon fuels that are making our heat and light. It has the added benefit of lowering our heat and energy bills. As side effects go, that’s a great one.
Organic fertilizers and organic methods are available that can help you with pest control without the risk of toxins leeching into the ground. If you’re a gardener, this is another way of lowering your footprint on the world and getting some great veggies into the bargain.
Simple car tires offer you some amazing results. Painted and cut carefully you can get anything from a sandbox to a child seat. Don’t consign them to the landfill, reuse them in your own landscaping.
Cracked ceramic cups make the ideal small flower pots to use on the windowsill for growing healthy herbs. The little crack that may be there allows the water to drain effectively to ensure the health of the plant. Get goodies all year long and recycle those old cups.
Green decorators love to scour second-hand stores to help you to find ways to reuse sofas, chairs, and even tables that are gently used and may give a great new look to your home or office. Reusing furniture is a great waste management tool and saves on creating new furniture, lowers the need for the industrial production.
The phone upgrade cycle is getting longer, says Business Insider. But that only means we’re not upgrading phones every year – we might go closer to two years with the same phone. Did you know that only 10-11% of cellphones are getting recycled? Just recycling one lithium-ion battery prevents the contamination of over15,000 gallons of water – the equivalent of three Olympic swimming pools. Planet Green Recycle will gladly accept your old cellphones for recycling – you can mail them to us for free with our free shipping labels.
Plasticware and other items are available for you that will prevent those paper plates and paper cups from being used. Look on picnic sites for attractive picnic backpacks that supply great patterns and colors of picnicware in a ready to carry pack.
Share the ride and pick up a co-worker on the way. Leave 3 minutes earlier and slow down ten miles an hour. Did you know that if everyone did, we’d use about a million less barrels of oil per day?
Here’s how you start an e-waste recycling campaign at your work:
Many companies are on board with going green, and many implement electronic waste management solutions. You can help by starting an e-waste recycling program at work. Assemble an e-waste recycling box, and coordinate with HR or your manager for the best location in your offices – a visible place in the reception area or the break room is ideal.
As people become aware of the box, they will begin to recycle their inkjet cartridges, and even bring their old cellphones and gadgets from home to fill the box – especially if they see their recycling efforts support a Non-Profit, school or charitable organization.
Once the box is pretty full, all you need to do is put a free shipping label on it (you can download these on our site), and drop it off at any UPS pickup location. (Then, just rinse and repeat!)
Save the world and help a good cause. What’s not to love about that?