Here are some ideas on how to reduce, reuse, recycle.  Not only can it save money, but it protects our environment and/or helps others in need.

  • Go to www.greendimes.comto reduce you junk-mail
  • Recycle eyeglasses via www.lionsclubs.org
  • Use glass jars for pencil holders, flower vase, buttons, animal treats, spare change, arts and craft materials (You can cut a piece of decorative paper to line the inside to make it pretty.)
  • Reuse your plastic bags go to www.reusablebags.com to learn more or pick up a Cloth Bag to use for your groceries instead.
  • Purchase from local merchants
  • Purchase recycled content office supplies
  • Run plastic silverware through the dishwasher
  • Use reusable containers instead of plastic baggies
  • Use a refillable drinking bottle instead of a disposable one
  • Use paints with a low VOC
  • Use cosmetics that can be replenished without buying new containers
  • Put items up on www.freecycle.org 
  • Use shower body puffs for cleaning when it’s time to replace it
  • Check out “Recycled Crafts Box” by Laura C Martin
  • Save the wand from your mascara, when replacing, and use it for a brow brush (clean w/soap and water first)
  • For greener consumer products go to www.greenerchoices.org (Consumer Reports)
  • Old tires turned into swings at www.homestead.com/prosites-closetheloop
  • Donate old cell phones to a local cell phone store or a Staples  www.staples.com or www.collectivegood.com or www.calltoprotect.org 1-888-901-SAFE (help domestic violence victims)
  • Old soccer gear can be given to www.soccer.org 800-872-2976
  •  Old Computer www.cristina.org or www.sahretechnology.org
  • Donate jackets to www.onewarmcoat.org
  • Check out Earth 911’s website www.earth911.org
  • Printer Cartridges can be recycled at most office stores.
  • Switch to rechargeable batteries
  • Dispose of old batteries at Radio Shack
  • Donate old books to www.halfpricebooks.com (sick children) or www.prisonreader.org (inmates)
  • Good Housekeeping had a list of Planet-Friendly Products: Recycline Preserve Razor, Enviro-Log Firelog, Biodegradable Peat Pot, Lenox Platinum Towel (30% bamboo blended with cotton), Cocoon SeaCell Travel Pajamas, Teko Ecopoly Socks
  • Use old milk jugs, fabric softer bottles, water bottles, etc.  Use as a scoop, just cut it from the bottom at an angle.  Cut off the bottom and leave the lid on for a paint holder.  Or try as a funnel.
  • Fabric Softener sheets as a duster or clean old socks
  • Shower Caps can be used to protect shoes while you are traveling
  • Use the grated Parmesan container for a shaker (wash first).  Don’t forget to label what’s in there.  I.E. Baking Soda for cleaning.
  • www.nikereuseashoe.com to recycle old tennis shoes
  • Find local charities at www.citylinks.org
  • Keep butter wrappers in a container or bag in the fridge.  When it’s time to grease a dish pull out a wrapper or two to use.
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Use tissue boxes to hold your plastic grocery bags so you can reuse them or cotton balls
  • Take your Magazines to your local hospital for the waiting rooms.

These are just a few simple ideas to make a difference.  We can’t all be perfect but we can try a make a difference in the little things we do.  Try to take on just a couple of these.  I think you will feel good about it.

Psalm 24:1 says,
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it…”

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