Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in the Real World

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in the Real World

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Many are familiar with what this catchy little phrase means but how many people are actually incorporating this mantra into their lives? As times change people are always on the go or not truly thinking about their actions when it comes to sustaining our planet. There is a big movement in purchasing eco-friendly and organic products but there are some other things to do to show just how eco-friendly you truly are. Here are 5 ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle and to contribute to the overall health of our planet.

#1 Turn off the faucet: This has been a message since our childhood but not many people follow this simple rule. In order to save water turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth or washing your face. There really is no need for the water to be running and if we all turned off the faucet we each could save over a thousand gallons of water.

#2 Reuse plastic sandwich bags: This is something not many people think about but if done can save a lot of money and reduce the amount of plastic bags pilling up in landfills. Think about it, why throw away a perfectly good sandwich bag when it could be used again. If it gets a bit messy inside it can simply be rinsed out with water, but not too much water!

#3 Aluminum water bottles vs. plastic water bottles: If you have not already noticed, many people are sporting the new water bottle around town. Instead of the old plastic water bottles people are now really digging the aluminum bottles. Why you ask. Well not only are they attractive and convenient, they are also eco-friendly. Having just one aluminum water bottle significantly reduces the amount of plastic water bottles an individual purchases annually. These aluminum water bottles come in many different styles and there are even some made just for kids. If you don’t have your own aluminum water bottle be sure to purchase one soon!

#4 Unplug unused appliances: Not many people think to do this on a regular basis but take a look, is your cell phone charger still plugged in even though your phone isn’t being charged? Most likely it is! This is one thing that people don’t think to do even though it still uses so much energy just being plugged into the wall. So, if you aren’t using your cell phone charger, your toaster, blender, hair appliance, or even your TV unplug it!

#5 Change your light bulb: Many people are still using traditional light bulbs to light their homes and offices but there are better ones out there. Compact fluorescent light bulbs or energy efficient light bulbs are the new buzz. The reason behind this is because of how much less energy is used when using these light bulbs. Not only do they use less energy they also last longer than traditional light bulbs. They are generally more expensive than traditional ones but can you really put a price on saving your earth?

These are five simple ways we can actually Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in our fast pace world. It doesn’t take much effort to make these simple changes and with these changes we can improve our health and the health of our earth. Being eco-friendly has never been so easy!