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Reduce ️ Reuse ️ Recycle...in that order please + thanks! Think of it in terms of the best/better/good options in terms of saving the world. #yayforearth
First, I do what I can to limit the amount of “new” products we bring into our home. I LOVE thrifting + shopping consignment to find what we need + prefer to shop in bulk to limit the amount of packaging we use...and ultimately must dispose of at some point.
Second, I try to reuse single-use items in ways they weren’t originally intended to be used. For example: empty NingXia or wine bottles for watering plants, plastic takeout containers as camping meal-prep containers + old candle jars as plant pots!
When I’m stuck with something I bought but can no longer use, I check to see if it can be recycled. ...(side note: Did you know black plastic is typically unable to be recycled?! Has something to do with sensors not being able to “read” them because of the color. So use that black plastic until you can’t use it no more!)... It’s also important to only recycle what CAN BE RECYCLED because having non-recyclables mixed in can result in the whole load being sent to the landfill. Check with your local guidelines on recycling in your community! #dontbetrashy
This is not to say that I never buy anything brand new. I recently bought this Plant Nanny terra-cotta watering stake to make reusing my empty bottles for watering houseplants an easier process! However, I did consciously buy it because the packing has no plastic + is 100% recyclable. #earthwin
So I completely see the irony in this post about not buying new when possible, and discussing a newly purchased product. 😐🤦🏻♀️ But becoming aware of simple steps I can take to reduce my footprint on the earth has made a big impact on how we consume things in our home. It’s a process + every little bit helps.
What is something you do to help reduce landfill trash? 🤔🥰
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