Have a recycle only trash bin.
Clearly label a bin for paper, plastic, and aluminum only. Also, clearly label your trash bin. Clearly labeling your bins will not only keep you in check, but it will also help houseguests recycle as well.
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This should be any easy explanation. Use the buddy system and carpool to work or school. This will save you gas money, as well as reduce your fuel emission.
Use reusable bags.
Using reusable bags cuts down on your plastic waste. This is especially important because plastic grocery bags cannot go in the recycle bin. It can also be helpful to grocery shop with a bag that is a little bigger than the plastic ones at the store.
Use a personal water bottle.
Using a personal water bottle will also cut down on your plastic waste. It is refillable and washable. On the same note, use a travel coffee mug and skip the Starbucks line.
Use washable dishes.
Whenever you can, avoid paper/plastic dishware. If you are having a party, that will surpass the scale to use washable dishes, make sure you have a recycle bin and use a marker for your guests to mark their drinks. Having guests mark their drinks will keep each guest accountable for their own cup.
Throughout the year collect or reuse things as you see fit. Think of holidays coming up and what kind of things could be used for decorations. Take old clothes to a thrift store. Reuse that glass you put down in the morning. Constantly think about what you could be reusing (like that pile of grocery bags in the cabinet).
New light bulbs.
Get new compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). These guys will cut down your energy bill and last longer than an incandescent light bulb.
Cut back on holiday waste.
Get creative with how you wrap presents. Use fabric, or reuse wrapping paper. This will cut down on waste around the holiday season, as well as birthdays.
Choosing a Tree
If having a real tree is crucial in your holiday experience, go get one! There are ways you can reuse or recycle your tree once the season is over.
One way to have a real tree experience is to reuse your tree. A potted tree this season can not only be used for celebration but can be kept in your yard and enjoyed long after the season is over. Just purchase a potted tree from your local nursery! Decorate the potted tree for the holiday season, and then just plant your tree outside after the holidays are over.
This includes your turkey... try to source a turkey locally and from a more humanely raised setting. Going the organic route will cut down on the chemicals used to grow your produce.
Use your local Farmer’s Market.
Figure out what vegetables are in season and get creative. Most Thanksgiving seasonal vegetables will be in season apart from only a few. This will cut down on the gas, CO2 emissions and transportation it takes to ship seasonal food around the world.