Green living is taking off in homes across the country. Many families are making simple changes to how they live in order to make an impact on their local communities and the global environment, all the while saving money in the process. There are so many ways to integrate green living into daily life and any family can do their part with any number of simple and straightforward tips and tricks.
Using recycling bins in and around the home is the best way to get started with green living and making an impact. Call your local municipality's waste management department and get all the information on how to participate in their programs. Every item that you can put into recycling bins helps out in numerous ways, including saving on natural resources, saving energy to make new products, and keeping landfills empty. Today's programs are easier than ever to get involved.
The latest designs for recycling bins are also easier than ever to put to good use. They come in nearly any color, shape, size, and design so that they can be used in nearly any room or space in the home. Some bins can nest or clip together to save storage space, others can hang from a regular waste basket to catch recyclable waste, and the latest designs are no longer stuck with the same bright neon colors. When a homeowner puts out their recycling bins on the curb, they are making a statement about their commitment to the environment and green living that will often catch on across the neighborhood.
Better yet, these tips are useful for cutting down on the amount of trash the average family generates. In the kitchen, plastic plates and cutlery can be used for outdoor dining and hosting parties since they can be washed and reused. Using cloth napkins instead of paper saves a lot of room in landfills.
In the office, use recycled paper and paper products. Try to limit the amount of printing that you do and use two sided printing to cut down on paper usage. If you are just making notes or copies for reference, consider using the backs of other notes, bills, old documents, or junk mail.
For the bathroom, install low flow showerheads and toilet hardware to conserve water and cut down on monthly water bills. Buy shampoo and conditioner containers that can be recycled or refillable dispensers. There are countless little things that can be done around the house to cut down on waste. What other ways can you think of to reduce the type of waste in your household?
Some of the waste made in the home is hazardous, such as spent batteries, electronics, and household chemicals and solvents. These have to be disposed of properly, battery acid and other hazardous waste and do a lot of damage to the environment. Contact local waste management officials to learn how to properly dispose of this type of waste in recycling containers or a recycling center.
Don't feel like small efforts like these are wasted. Taking small steps is how big journeys are made. When we all do our part day after day, year after year, the environmental impact can be astounding.
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