The 5 Rs to Sustainability

  • By Strive Fuel Team
  • 13 Jul, 2017

Okay so we have all heard it before, the 5 R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. But how can we put those concepts to use in our everyday lives? Below are some ways that you can integrate the 5 R's into your life. 

Refuse

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 alternative.

Reduce

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!

Reuse

Reuse something you already have instead of buying something new. Buy things that can be washed and reused instead of single use items. This will also save you money! Reuse your plastic bags, or buy a reusable bag next time you’re at the store! Don’t buy plastic ware, stick to your silverware and plates at home! If you are hosting a party and need to use plastic cups, use a sharpie to reduce the number of cups that each guest uses. Save containers that your take out comes in, or the jar that the jelly was in. This is even a fun activity you can get the kids involved with!

Repurpose

Get creative! What around the house can you use as a storage bin instead of buying one at the store? You can use old veggie scraps to make broth and then repurpose them by composting! Before you think about throwing something out, think about how you can repurpose it around the house.

Recycle

Last and most well-known we have Recycle. This should be your last-ditch effort to use one of the five R’s. Look at all the things you are recycling monthly, can you use one of the above R’s instead? Recycling can be tricky if you are not aware of what you can recycle. There are so many options! You can recycle basics like paper, cardboard and plastic. You can recycle fabric! Even if it has a stain on it, recycle! Consider ways or companies that recycle old electronics, don’t let them sit in a drawer at home or go straight to the trash. If you are not sure it can be recycled, check out this list for some guidance.

STRIVE®

By Strive Fuel Team 14 Sep, 2017

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!
By Strive Fuel Team 17 Aug, 2017

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 together!

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.

By Strive Fuel Team 28 Jul, 2017

Take Inventory

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.)

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