Reduce, reuse, recycle amounts to more than just a mantra—it eases strain on our ecosystems, saves you money, and even promises to reduce your mind clutter!
Choose one Challenge.
Here are some examples to inspire you:
- Bring your own reusable mug/thermos and grocery bags when you’re on the go.
- Lobby your office to carry reusable dishes and silverware to minimize disposables.
- Adopt a "Wants Vs. Needs" list to live by.
- Take action to reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive.
- Start a compost collection at home and at work.
- Set up a recycling center at work if there isn’t one already.
- Create a household inventory and donate unneeded items.
- Purchase bulk foods whenever possible; avoid single-serving goods and food.
- Buy used whenever possible (from garage sales, Craigslist, Freecycle, secondhand stores, etc.).
- Take a field trip to the local dump or landfill to enhance your connection to your community.
Facts and Stats on Waste:
- The average American generates 4.6 pounds of trash per day.
- Americans make up 5% of the world’s population and generate 40% of the world’s waste.
- Packaging comprises 1/3 of the waste generated in the U.S.