Everyone is doing their bit to leave a better planet for the generations to come. People are more informed all because of widespread awareness campaigns that are being carried out all over the media. They are waking up to the dangers that the current consumerist culture is bringing about.
Everyone would like a greener, cleaner environment, with resources to spare for generations to come. In the three part post, we will list the basic and common items that we use almost every day and how we can reduce the usage of them.
Let us start with the basics. Let us have a look at most of the daily objects we use at our home and see how we can reduce, recycle and reuse these right away!
Reduce – Plastic bottles are probably the most trashed items not just at home but almost everywhere. Try to avoid adding to the landfill by buying a plastic bottle, instead consider carrying your own bottles when you are travelling even for a short distance.
Reuse – Bottled water is usually sold in bottles made of low grade plastic which is considered unfit for reuse, and can even emit toxic chemicals when subject to high temperatures. If you have bought a plastic bottle, consider reusing them by storing some household items that often come in refill packs. Liquid detergents, liquid soaps, surface cleansers are good example of what can be stored in the bottles.
Recycle – There are many, many things you can do with plastic bottles. Lots of craft ideas are available on the internet and the bottoms can be cut to make makeshift plant pots. Many recycling centers accept plastic bottles, you can hand over the unused plastic item to these centers after you have checked with them.
CDs and DVDs
Reduce – Will you actually watch that movie again? Will you listen to the song on the music system and not on the iPod? Ask yourself this question when you just about to make the purchase at the store. CDs and DVDs are likely to be going the obsolete route, making way for more durable alternatives. Just a small scratch can ruin the whole disc. Try sharing rather than buying new. Opt for downloading music and movies that most websites sell online. These can be downloaded on your phone or laptop.
Reuse – Try your best to extend the life of your DVD by storing and handling it correctly. Try renting out a DVD if you can or if you have more than what you can handle, donate it to a rental library. Using rewritable DVDs means that you can rewrite data over and over again.
Recycle – CDs can be converted into coasters, hanging mobiles and other decorative crafts, given their shiny surface. The reflective surfaces of CDs also do a good job of scaring away pesky birds like pigeons. If you have an artistic child, give them to children to use as palettes to mix paints.
Clothes and Linen
Reduce – There is an abundance of options in what we can wear. Yes, we do love to splurge on the clothes that are worn once and then promptly forgotten about. Identify a style that you relate to and keep your purchases to the bare minimum. Opt for buying not more twice or thrice a year so that you do not indulge in wasteful expenses.
Reuse – Clothes are probably the most reusable items in your home. Kids’ clothes are expensive and are outgrown before being worn much, so these can be handed down to siblings or cousins. Clothing donation drives exist everywhere, especially for children’s clothes and winter clothing. You can also use old tees as dusting cloths
Recycle – Long and flowing fabrics like sarees and dupattas make great curtains and drapes. Torn clothes can be reused by using the intact fabric for making kids’ clothes, cushions, table mats, runners etc. Thick fabrics like denim can be used to make bags and rucksacks.
Let’s look at the brighter side! We are all set to handle the problem and take steps that can make the earth a better place. The best part is that we can start with doing so right in the comfort of our homes! Keep a lookout for the next post that will talk of more things you can reuse, reduce and recycle at home.
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