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Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle: How to Lessen Waste in Your Life

Let’s face it, times have changed. There is so much talk about global warming and the carbon footprint that we don’t have an excuses anymore to throw away perfectly good recyclables. Don’t worry, we aren’t here to scold you or pretend it’s easy as pie. But we are here to give you some tips on how to reuse and recycle for those who want to reduce waste in their lives this year. 

So, read on, relax, and let us come up with the ideas on how we can reduce, reuse and recycle some of the most commonly wasted items in our lives.

4 Most Commonly Wasted Items

Food recycleIt’s an obvious one, and we're all guilty of disposing of food before its time. If the banana has a few brown spots that doesn’t mean it’s inedible, it means it's ready to be used in banana bread! 

Here are a couple ways to reuse the food you would normally throw away (as well as the containers they come in!):

  • Fruits that are a few days past their prime can still be used in delicious recipes. Consider putting that old fruit into a pie or smoothie. Fruit smoothies are healthy snacks for your growing kids, and it’ll save you some money that would have been wasted on unhealthy products.
  • Those old bags and containers that your favorite foods come in can be reused by the whole family. Turn those old jars into change jars, tea bag holders or coffee containers. And all those cereal boxes you’d normally throw out can be used by the kids for craft projects!

I know, I know, it’s so hard to get rid of clothes. What if your kids want them for their own children? What if you haveclothing recycle another kid? What if someday the future of the human race depends on you surrendering little Julie’s overalls to the alien overlords? Let’s be honest. None of these reasons are worth holding onto those boxes of old clothes, so here are a few options of how to reuse and recycle to lessen the waste and create more space in the closet:

  • DONATE!! You and I both know there are people out there who need those clothes way more than your attic does. Find the nearest donation location and give them away. Take the kids with you to teach them the importance of giving back.
  • Convert those old clothes. T-Shirts make great cleaning rags for household chores, and old jean shorts can be turned into cute purses for the kids! Be creative and let your kids get in on the fun.

We live in the age of technology, so we know you’re bound to have some old gadgets lying around. Rather than haveelectronics recycle them rotting away and taking up space, why not put them to use?

  • We are constantly upgrading our devices once the new models come out. So instead of letting the old devices collect dust in the drawers, donate them! Here are a few charities you can send those old toys to, and they’ll put them to good use!
  • If they don’t work and cannot be donated, don’t let them end up taking up space in the landfill. Recycle them, that’s always an option no matter what the condition!

Let’s be honest, how many of your drawers are full of useless papers that you never got around to throwing away? Paper ProductsProbably a lot. Here are a few tips to ditch the clutter and reuse your items!

  • If you have a bunch of papers that you’re about to throw away, try turning them into a journal/drawing book for your kids! Just stack the papers, fold them in half and staple the fold. An instant book for your kids to do with as they please, and no more clutter for you!
  • When your kids are little they love the boxes more than the presents inside, just because they’re older doesn’t mean the boxes can’t be put to good use. Use the cardboard boxes for sorting recyclables! Let your kids decorate the boxes and be responsible for sorting what is paper, plastic and non-recyclable. 

Making a Lasting Impact

To make a lasting impact, you have to get the kids involved with reducing waste for your family. Make recycling a family affair! If there isn’t a roadside recycling pick-up, make a weekly family trip to the recycling plant. It’s a great way to spend time with your kids, while teaching positive, sustainable values. 


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