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!
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!
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.
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.