Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Three R’s. Three simple words that everyone should follow but most don’t. Three simple ways to help out our planet especially with the global population booming, yet in even the most industrialized countries most of the time this does not happen.

So here I am living in a state in the middle of the desert. Upon moving here I realized that recycling is really not a big part of the city and what they do. I have to admit it made me a little upset although happy because I did not have CRV to pay anymore. The tap water here is terrible so we buy water since we are renting a unit we cannot install a water purifier for the nasty hard water we have and a pitcher filter just doesn’t cut it. So we have thrown away more bottles than I care to admit to. We do however have a reusable 5 gallon jug that we use most of the time for our drinking water. I really need to invest in reusable personal water bottles to stop buying bottled water! That would definitely help on my part to reduce waster, just a matter of doing it. I have used some of the bottles to grow seeds in but even then they still end up in the garbage after I am done but I did get the reuse part covered.

Next… Plastic bags. Those things are the enemy to just about everyone. We put our garbage in plastic bags. Put our groceries in plastic bags. Produce. Meat. You name it and it probably came into (or out) of your home in a plastic bag or package of some sort. I do reuse the plastic grocery/produce bags to pick up dog poop so those do get covered under reuse. To limit how many grocery bags I do get, I have half a dozen reusable bags that I love and are actually pretty durable for being $1 each. I just need to find a better way to pick up the dog poop from a dog that poops on almost every walk (4 times a day, yuck!) so that I can try finding alternatives to the plastic bags for produce and bulk items.

However on the plus since moving here I have started a vermi-compost bin which helps by reducing our food waste and turning it into black gold for my plants. That does have to be my favorite thing that I am doing to help the environment. I add in food every few days to my bin and store extra in my freezer that cannot quite fit into my bin so that times I don’t have leftovers I can just take out of my freezer to feed my worms. Moco loves playing with my worms every time I go out to play in my bin (mixing it up, taking out some of the finished material, etc). Can’t blame him though I loved playing with worms as a kid, now as an adult I have a reason other than for the sheer enjoyment. Ok so I was a bit odd as a child at least I enjoyed it!

Another great benefit of reuse, thrift stores and second hand items. There are so many unwanted items out there that still have a lot of life but get thrown in the garbage. If you have items like that try donating or selling it to someone who can put the item to use. I know I have given a lot of items away as well as purchasing tons of used items to help keep things out of the landfill. For example, quite a few of my dresses as well as a lot of my boy’s clothes are all second hand and still have a lot of life left in them. I also have purchased furniture and even kitchen items second hand. I get a great deal on a gently used piece and give it a longer life, what is wrong with that?

How do you reduce, reuse or recycle items in your home? What are some steps you are taking to help reduce your impact on the planet?

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