As you begin spring cleaning this year, why not incorporate a few changes to help lessen your impact on the environment? It’s easier than you think!
- Recycle, repurpose, resell: As you throw open the windows and breathe in the fresh spring air, you may be tempted to scrap items just to move them out quickly. But before you add to the landfill, ask yourself, “Might someone
else use this?” or “How can I use this thing in another way?” An old ladder can become a bookshelf, a boot can become a planter—the options are endless! Google “repurposing old items” to get the creative juices
flowing. You can even make a little cash by selling items on sites like Facebook Marketplace, Letgo, and Craigslist. Read our article for safe
ways to do this.
- Create less waste: It’s estimated that Americans waste about 40% of the food they buy. To lower your food waste and save money, pay attention to what’s in your fridge. Create a grocery list before you shop and stick to
it, so you don’t buy things you don’t need. And be careful when buying bulk. Though it seems cheaper, if you must throw some away, it gets pricier and wasteful. Freeze the food you don’t plan to use soon to extend its life. And
try freezing leftovers for later, so you don’t get tired of a certain dish and toss it.
- Leave the car at home: Take advantage of the nice weather and walk or bike when you can. You could make yourself a promise that if your errand will take you no farther than a mile from your house, you’ll walk or bike it! If
you have a nearby grocery store, get yourself a wagon to make bringing the groceries home a little easier.
- Start a garden: Growing your own food is healthy and it helps reduce your carbon footprint. You don’t have to drive to the store or use a plastic bag to hold the items once purchased. Simply meander to the yard and fill a bowl
with goodies. If you don’t have the space for a large plot of land, pots will do just fine. As an added benefit, having a garden may encourage you to compost, which also lessens the load on the landfill. Growfoodeasily.com is a very friendly website that can help you get started.
With just a few small changes, you can lower your environmental impact and become part of the solution. Together, we can help preserve our planet and make sure our world stays healthy for generations to come.