We've all heard the saying "reduce reuse recycle", but it is still an important topic that way too many people overlook. We live in a culture that doesn't understand the dangers of using so many non-reusable and wasteful products and habits in our lives.
Below are a few articles on the three R's, including how to recycle common items, reusable alternatives to disposable products, as well as a list of all the articles found throughout the site that discuss more reusable alternatives.
Reducing, reusing and recycling is important for many reasons.
For starters, reusable items save us money. Constantly replacing disposbale items costs money, not because of buying new things, but because many of those things are pricey to begin with.
Eliminating waste usually leads to an elimination of harmful chemicals as well, such off-gasing and unsafe resources. This is because disposable items are newly manufactured, meaning constant off-gasing; many are made from plastics, which contain harmful chemicals such as BPA; and others are processed in a way that includes dangerous chemicals, such as the bleaching of paper napkins or plates.
Then there are the environmental issues behind constant waste:
And a highly disposable culture simply isn't sustainable - meaning we can't sustain this level of use and waste for the long-term.
When you're ready to commit to the "Reduce Reuse Recycle" motto, these articles (found only here or throughout the site) can help you make the switch to a more sustainable alternative.
How to Recycle the Right Way
Yes, there is actually a right and wrong way to recycle. Knowing how to properly recycle is one of the first steps we get to make in choosing to "reduce reuse recycle".
What is PREcycling?
Did you know recycling starts before you even make a purchase or create the trash? Read this article about where to really start when you're ready to apply the "Reduce Reuse Recycle" motto.
Besides cans and glass bottles, this short section gives you ideas on how to recycle the rest of what you might otherwise throw away.
Recycling Ideas for Unwanted Household Items
This guest post talks about how you can recycle, and upcycle some common household items that you may no longer need or use.
E-waste accounts for a tremendous amount of landfill these days. But computers, cell phones and other electronics can be recycled easily for their materials.
Have a question about how to recycle something? Ask it here!
Stainless Steel Water Bottles
It's important to know what to look for in your stainless steel water bottle, and what to avoid.
Truly Recycled Toilet Paper: Cloth Toilet Paper Facts
If you're really ready to go green, cloth toilet paper is the answer. I know, I know...it sounds pretty "out there" when you first hear about it. But I encourage you to read this article on it to learn the facts and tips to making it work.
Fabric Gift Wrap: Your Unique Wrapping Alternative
One beautiful and sustainable alternative to traditional wrapping paper is fabric gift wrap. This unique gift wrap idea is reusable for many years and can be very affordable.
4 Steps to Stop Receiving Junk Mail
Put an end to the stacks of junk mail and you could save up to 69 POUNDS of paper each year.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Using reusable bags is a popular recommendation for green living. Learn how to choose your bag or make your own.
Truly Reusable Razors
Disposable razors are expensive and dull quickly. Learn about safety razors and straight razors to "reduce reuse recycle" your shaving habits.
Upcycling is taking something old and crafting it into something new that can be enjoyed again and again.
7 Easy Steps to Make Yarn (Plarn) From Plastic Bags
Ever find yourself with plastic bags and not sure what to do with them? Recycling takes a lot of resources, but you can have fun upcycling them into a bag, mat or purse instead!
Step-by-Step Rag Rug Instructions
Learn how to make a durable and beautiful rug with old linens, t-shirts, sweaters or other scrap fabric with this written and photo tutorial.
Have a question about how to reduce your use of something? Ask it here!
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