Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Everyday we use and waste precious resources that are native to Mother Earth. 

Whether we realize it or not, our world’s resources are depleting at a rapid rate. Though each step may not break the cycle, together we can achieve greatness. As Albus Dumbledore stated, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

If we work together, we can help make a difference and help save our planet!

If you want to make a difference, but are not sure where to start, there are many resources to help! Earth 911 has a list of acceptable curbside items for recycling and pickup. Their awesome site also offers a Recycle Search which helps anyone look up locations where a range items can be recycled! 

Although my city offers a great recycle program, some smaller cities and town do not have such programs in place.  Whether you visit a dump, recycle on your own, or find various ways to reuse products, there are simple ways to reuse and recycle! 

There are tons of easy ways to get started on recycling at home! I have listed easy ways to recycle products in your house so you can get started at home!

Egg Cartons:  

Egg cartons are great for storing and saving holiday ornaments! Whether you need to store round, delicate ornaments or small, fragile decorations, an egg carton can help around the holidays!

If you have small children at home, egg cartons serve as a perfect pint-sized station for finger paint! Simply add desired colors to each well and toss out when done! It’s that easy! 

Egg cartons can also be an organizational aid whether housing nuts and bolts in the garage or frosting tips and cooking tools in the kitchen!

My favorite way to use egg cartons is to start off seeds in them so they can grow into seedlings! Egg cartons stay moist and are perfect for labeling and separating your fruits, veggies and herbs! 

 

Glass Jars

I love glass jars! From jam, jelly and preserves jars to coconut oil glass contained alike, I save them all! In my collecting, I have found my coconut oil jar is the same size as Ball jars, making their lids interchangeable! 

I have also used a jar from raspberry preserves that is currently housing a baby basil plant until I can transplant! The added bonus to growing seedlings in glass is you can really watch your seed grow! 

Plastic Cups

Whether packed with cookie dough or sorbet, tons of plastic containers can be washed and reused again and again! 

My favorite sorbetto container has a lovely twist-on top, making it idea for meal preparation, freezer storage and lunch traveling! 

Since it is spring, I have a sweet potato vine starting off in a plastic container until I can transplant it into a bigger pot! 

Single serving-size cups are also perfect to house smoothies! They are durable and perfect for a car ride or busy trip to the office! Since most of them have lids, they make a commute to work, school or the gym easy!

 

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The benefits of recycling are plentiful: from conserving natural resources, preventing pollution by reducing needs, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, recycling helps save our planet!

My friend Jeff has compiled many great articles on the negative effects of our consumption and carbon footprints on planet Earth.  To learn more about the negative impact we leave on our planet, check out his blog here!

One of the most important resources in our daily lives is the well-being of our home, planet Earth. The things we take for granted on a daily basis dramatically affect the world we live in.

If we all do our part, we can slowly but surely help keep our beautiful planet in good shape for future generations to come!


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