When your trash is picked up and rolled away in a truck, it winds up in a landfill with lots of other garbage. Now, although this fact may mean nothing to you, it should if you want to live in a healthier environment. Garbage that is buried in landfills rots away and releases toxins into the air and into the soil. If all of us cut down on the amount of garbage we make, our efforts will make a difference. Here's what you can do to cut down on waste:
What may be garbage to you could be something of value to someone else. So, the next time you decide to deposit your old clothes in the trash can, deposit them in a goodwill box instead, or donate them to a thrift shop. Selling your old clothes and other used items at a garage sale is another good way to recycle. When you recycle this way, you cut down on waste and you make money.
You can also recycle any old electrical items such as games consoles, DVD's, CD's and cellphones. Online market places such as SellCell.com bring together a selection of buyback companies in an effort to show you the highest prices that can be paid for your old tech.
When something you own breaks and your immediate reaction is to throw it away and buy a new one, try to fix it. Fixing the broken item could be a simple task. If it is and you successfully repair the broken item, you and the planet will benefit from your resourceful and conserving action.
If you have an area of land in which you grow some of your food, you have a better place than a landfill to put carrot peelings, used tea leaves, and other food scraps. Growing crops thrive in dirt that is rich in nutrients, and composting is a thrifty way to make nutrient-rich fertilizer you can add to the soil in your garden. Composting will make your crops flourish and save you money on fertilizer sold in stores, and it will cut down on the amount of toxin-producing foods you put in your garbage can.
Ditch Paper for Cloth
Stop using paper napkins when you can use napkins made of attractive cloth. Cloth napkins produce zero garbage, and this elegant-looking alternative will dress up your table and save you money on waste-producing napkins made of paper. You can also cut down on waste by crossing paper towels off your shopping list and using cloth rags for spills instead. Trading disposable diapers for cloth diapers is another great way to cut down on garbage and improve the condition of the environment - disposable diapers emit methane that causes global warming. Disposable diapers also remain in landfills for an eternity because they never break down.
Use Reusable in Your Kitchen
Metal forks, spoons, and knives and ceramic or glass cups and plates can be used for many years before they hit the landfills, so if you really want to cut down on garbage and reduce the amount of hazardous waste you produce, stop buying disposable utensils, cups, and plates and use the reusable kind. Many types of plastic do not biodegrade, and some release health-damaging chemicals, one of which is a carcinogenic chemical called styrene that can diffuse from Styrofoam.
If everyone on the planet made these practices part of their daily routine there would be less garbage in the world. A healthier environment and an increase in savings would result. Put these practices into motion and everybody wins.
Thanks to Craig for his help in the research of today's blog post. Craig is a keen writer, and loves to pen articles on technology, saving money, and frugal living.
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