Go Green With These Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

These Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Will Also Save You Money

Read ahead, and discover 3 ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, which will not only help the environment, but your wallet, too. These ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle can be broken down into three areas:  reducing consumption, reusing items, and finally, when an item has reached its reusing maximum, recycling it.

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Buy products in bulk, when possible, and with the least amount of packaging. This reduces the amount of packaging material, such as, plastics, paper, Styrofoam, etc. that must be produced in the world.

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Devise multiple means to get more uses, more life, out of everything you own and/or buy. And then, use these items until they are no longer good, or serviceable, for any purpose but the recycling bin.

Think, for a minute, about all the many plastic and glass containers in which our food products come. And, then, there are all the different types of bags, which hold our cereal and our produce. Find some way for them to be reused and recycled; there are many ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle many things.

Example:  You just made macaroni salad. You have a glass jar, which contained the pickles you used in this family favorite. Place this glass jar, inside a pot of water to soak, to loosen the brand label. Scrape off the softened label, and wash the jar, either by hand, or in your dishwasher.

Voilà! You now have a new glass jar for storing pantry sundries like chocolate chips, almonds, cappuccino mix, etc. One of many excellent, and effective, ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle glass jars and the like.

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – Lastly, recycling everything you can is key, once an item is no longer any good for any other task. If a particular item, like a computer, cannot be placed in a traditional curbside recycling bin, then find a place where the particular item can be recycled.

Typical store plastic bags are a prime example of this. In most municipalities, plastic bags usually cannot be recycled in a curbside recycling bin, as the waste companies, who handle those bins, don’t deal in those types of plastic. However, I have discovered that many grocery stores, as well as chain stores, like Target, have bins for the public to deposit their plastic bags for recycling. After you have reused, and reused, your plastic bags, save them together, many stuffed into one larger bag, and when the bag is full, drop it off the next time you are shopping. No fuss, no muss, and another of many awesome ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Below, I have listed three items, which I use in the kitchen, and I will show ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle these items. But these are only but a few examples of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the kitchen. Look around your kitchen, taking into account the products you use everyday, and see what kind of clever usage tricks you can uncover.

And wait – that’s only in the kitchen. All around, and all over the house, there are ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Everywhere you venture, inside and outside your home, look for more and more ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - Plastic Coffee Containers

Reducing:  Purchase the largest size container of ground coffee that you can use, without it losing its flavor. This will eliminate the necessity of frequently purchasing smaller containers. Refill a small container for daily use.

Reusing:  Place an empty container, under the sink, to hold used coffee grounds and tea bags for the composter. Keep several washed containers in the linen closet, in case someone is sick and needs a container. Need to bail water out of a tub - with its convenient handle, it does a nice job. These containers are also great for storage.

Recycling:  Yes, place in the curbside recycling bin.

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - Bread Plastic Bags

Reducing:  Buying larger packages of bread will mean you will be purchasing less often, thereby reducing the number of times you must shop.

Reusing:  Place one of these handy bags in the coffee plastic container, as a liner, to hold the coffee grounds and tea bags. No need to rinse out the container. And it is easy to pick up, to carry these goodies to the backyard composter. Cut the bag open, and spread it out on the counter, when preparing vegetables. Roll up the peeling in the bag, and carry it to the composter. If you empty a bag, while making sandwiches to take on a picnic, place the individually wrapped sandwiches in the bag, before placing them in the cooler. (I don’t use old bags for this.) They are also good for carrying fresh vegetables from the garden, to a neighbor.

Recycling:  Our curbside recycler does not take plastic bags.

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - Paper Towels

Reducing:  Buy large rolls, and try to cut your dependence on them.

Reusing:  Even though you conscientiously try not to use extra paper towels, when in the kitchen cooking, we all want things to be as clean as possible. When I wash my hands, instead of throwing that towel in the trash, I place it on the cabinet to dry, and then it’s ready for later reusing, like for wiping up spills, wiping grease out of pans, scrubbing out the sink, etc. They are not reused when I prepare food. At the end of the day, I place any leftover dried paper towels in a special box in my pantry, and use them for wiping off the washer, dryer, and cleaning anything that does not require a new paper towel.

Recycling:  When I finish with them, they are not recyclable.

In Closing

Now, be empowered! Go on your own quest for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in your own home. The above simple thumbnail formula, for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, will save you money and time, too. And when you find ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, you will be helping to save environment and our planet.