reduce, reuse, recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Basics

More people are now looking into how they are impacting the environment and what they can do about it. Everyone hears the eco-friendly mantra of “Reduce Reuse Recycle,” but what do these fully entail? That’s what we aim to uncover in this series. The main goal is to reduce emissions and prevent things from getting into the landfill. Start with just the basics for easy changes. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was sustainable green living. 


  • Invest in a reusable version of daily products. You likely already have reusable grocery bags. What about that water bottle you bring to the gym? Ever thought about the plastic wrap or aluminum foil you use for leftovers?
  • Try biking, carpooling, or using your local transit system. For your daily commute or a fun evening, the transit system is a great way to save on parking around downtown. Several navigational apps offer help finding someone to carpool with. When planning a fun weekend, rideshare is the safe and environmentally conscious option!


  • Regrow some of your kitchen scraps. Even if you only have counter space, you can reuse the parts of your groceries you don’t eat. The root of celery, the white part of onions, and the core of lettuces will all regrow if put in a few inches of water. Many herbs and spices–think garlic, basil, mint, and cilantro– can be replanted in small pots.
  • Start composting. It doesn’t have to be tedious and smelly. Keep a small container in your freezer until you empty it into your compost bin. If you do decide to plant more than just kitchen scraps, you can use the compost to fertilize your garden.


  • Use your local recycling program. Get familiar with what can and cannot be recycled and what goes where. This can be difficult at first, but it will be so satisfying to see how little trash is going into the landfill.

Calculate your Ecological footprint after these quick tips to see how much of an impact even small changes like these make. Keep in touch for more in-depth ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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