When I think about recycling or trying to be “greener” the three R’s are what pops into my mind. It was drilled into me as a child, but in everyday life it starts to be easier to just not think about it while chucking the old and buying the new and cheap. There’s a really great short internet film about this called, “The Story of Stuff.” I really like her videos, and if that doesn’t make you Rethink (another R!) your choices perhaps one of her other films will:
( I watched this one a couple of years ago and I have almost never bought bottled water since)
I’m pretty good about throwing recyclables into the blue bin, but here are a few of the things i did instead of what I would normally do…which is throw it away or buy new:
I borrowed a tool
I remembered to put bags in the car to use them at the grocery store… huge victory in my world 🙂
I reused old jars and food containers in place of Tupperware
I donated old clothes and Repurposed some as rags
I sold items on craigslist
I composted more regularly (more on that later!)
I mended… I mean Repaired stuff : 4 socks, two shirts, one pair of shoes, and one belt!
I took pictures of things I wanted to buy instead of buying them ( I started doing this in Japan. Even though I sometimes feel silly in the store, I have saved myself from so many impulse buys!)
I planned out and combined my errands so I used less gas… I am bad at this one in general.
It’s not like I think these are huge contributions or that I single handedly will be saving our environment. I like to think about it like compounding interest. Little bits of change that add up to a lot of change over a lifetime. It makes a difference with money and training and learning languages and pretty much everything I have tried to get better at. So I think it will make a difference in this case too and if it doesn’t… it probably won’t hurt!
“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.”
So in the end just ask your self a few simple questions before you go out and buy new stuff or throw away the stuff you already have… Can I reduce this waste, can I reuse this item, is it recyclable? Make it a habit and you’ll be saving muhla along with the environment!
p.s. If you aren’t the most handy maybe one of these will be opening near you:
* p.s.s. There is some debate over if Einstein said this and how he meant it… but I still like it 🙂