You’ve heard it before, and it’s so true: we need to help take care of our environment. But just how much does the average person really do? Do you pay attention to turning off every light in the house when it’s not in use? When was the last time you turned off the water while you brushed your teeth, or said no to both paper and plastic and opted for a reusable grocery bag?
While no one can be singled out, everyone can help. It’s easier said than done, but most things that are worth doing tend to be. How can we incorporate ways to recycle into everyday life? Here are some suggestions:
- Before you go shopping next time, write a “green shopping guide” with environmentally friendly options to what you usually get.
- Consider wrapping gifts in recycled paper or even using old magazines. It’s creative and you’ll get rid of clutter, too!
- Blog about it! If you update your friends on things going on in your life, why not write about your newfound eco-knowledge?
- Donate unwanted eyeglasses, computers or other household items to a repair shop or to charity.
If you’re lacking motivation, but feel guilty, think about this: Roughly 80% of what Americans throw away can be recycled, but our recycling rate is only around 30%. Or maybe, if you’re like me, you need to challenge yourself with a timeline. Start a 2-week recycling contest with a friend, the reward being a dinner brought home in a reusable grocery bag (on non-disposable dishes, of course). Mother Earth will be proud!