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.
Not sure what you can recycle? Check out this guide .
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.
1. Reuse Reuse Reuse!
Throughout the year, keep an eye out for things that could replace decorations you have bought in the past. Old bed sheets can turn into ghosts. Styrofoam can easily be cut into whatever shape you like!
2. Make your own costume.
Keep around old clothing that could be turned into a costume. For example, old t-shirts, black shorts, any neutral clothing that can easily be painted or dyed. Shop at thrift stores! Thrift stores can hold treasures that can complete your Halloween costume. Get the kids involved with their own costumes. Let their imagination take the lead.
If the costume has been worn and you see no further use for it, don’t throw it away. Take the costume to a local shelter, thrift-store, or daycare. Better yet talk to your friends and neighbors about hosting a costume swap for the next year!
Team up to Tailgate. With fall comes football! During this football season, be aware of your energy usage. Did you know you can recycle solo cups? If you’re not using the infamous red cup, you can recycle the can as well! If you are hosting a tailgate or a watch party, make sure to have a visibly labeled recycling bin. This will reduce your waste each week as you cheer on your team.
Now looking forward there will be a huge need for disaster relief that will include clean-up, supplies and donations. Here are some ways you can help:
1. Donate Money. The simplest way you can get involved in the relief help is to donate monetarily. Families have lost everything and will have to rebuild their homes and their lives. Look around your local town and you will see companies and businesses all over supporting relief efforts. It might be a dollar at checkout at the grocery store. So give what you can, every little bit will help! If you are looking for the easiest way to get involved, you can text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to automatically give $10. You can also look at the Red Cross website to donate .
2. Donate Time. Volunteer your time to the relief effort. There are a lot of opportunities, but also a lot volunteers. If you are thinking or wanting to volunteer, talk with the program you are assisting and make sure that the best way you can help is through volunteering. Sometimes, in these situations, there can be too many volunteers where other donations are needed more. If more volunteers aren’t needed, there are plenty of other ways to help.
3. Donate Supplies. What better time than now to clean out your closet? Have good-conditioned clothes that aren’t being worn? Donate them to the Hurricane victims as many have lost everything. This is a great opportunity to gives to the disaster victims. The Salvation Army is a great resource for donating supplies! Affected areas will need water and food to keep displaced victims fed and hydrated. They will need cleaning supplies and anything that will help repair damage. If you are wanting to get involved and offer aid, check out The Salvation Army donation page to learn how you can best help.
Natural disasters can be completely devastating, but they can also bring together communities. Please give where you can and keep affected areas in your thoughts as they begin to rebuild!
If you’re not in one of these
cities with totality, don’t worry! You will see
a sliver of the moon go over the sun, and will still be able to see the
eclipse, you just won’t be in total darkness. If you are in totality, this
means that from your viewpoint you will be in complete darkness. So, if you’re
close to a city that will be in totality, head out on a road trip to the
nearest city! Did you know this is the first solar eclipse to go over the US
since 1918? Take the kids out of school and experience a solar eclipse
The eclipse will start at the Northern tip of Oregon and go across the US to the East Coast of South Carolina. At the start of the eclipse, in Oregon, the sun will actually rise totally eclipsed. This is a rare sight and over 500,000 people are estimated to travel and see it! However, it is estimated that the most people will be traveling to South Carolina because it is the closest destination for the entire Eastern Seaboard. There is an estimated 2 million people traveling to see the eclipse in totality. In total, it is estimated that 7 million people might travel to the path of totality. So be safe on the roads as you travel!Fill up with our fuel with reduced emissions so that your carbon footprint will be reduced while you travel to enjoy the eclipse.
Before you hit the store for student’s must have school supplies, take an inventory of what you already have. Didn’t use all those colored pencils or pens last year? That’s great! They can be used for this year. Avoid last minute impulse purchases, and don’t over buy. Ask yourself, “Is it really going to get used?” Make a supplies list and stick to it. Think of all the money you can save as well!
Choose Greener Products
When purchasing school supplies, opt for the greener choices. Purchase biodegradable pencils and refillable pens so when they do run out, they aren’t sitting in landfills for years to come. Choose recycled paper products, and buy supplies with less packaging (it’s all going to get thrown away anyway.)
The refuse concept can get lost, what does it mean?
Refuse is a simple concept: Don’t take the freebie. That Frisbee that they’re
giving out at a baseball game, say no to the pen at the bank. Another concept
of Refuse is to decline a bag at the grocery store. If you only got a few
things, no need for a bag! Basically, if it can’t be recycled or is emits
harmful chemicals to the environment “refuse” and go with a better, greener
Think of all the ways that we could reduce waste! Get your bills electronically, unsubscribe from that magazine you never read or use sticky notes on your device. This can also be applied to your energy usage. Turn off your electronics when they are not in use, unplug the charged cell phone that stays on the cord all night and only charge it when it is needed. Another way you can reduce your energy usage is by being hyper aware of your air conditioning/heat. Only heat or cool a home when you’re there. If you are going on vacation, turn the heat down or the AC up. You can even have an expert come and audit your energy use. This a lot of times is free and will save you money down the road!