Wednesday, June 18, 2008

5 Minute Tools For Easy Recycling

We all know that it’s time to get on the “recycling stick.” Here are a few “5 minute tools” you can make to get into the habit.

1. Think First. Think before you buy. I used to buy so many “throw away” things. I just didn’t think. Just think before it goes in your cart. Will this end up in a landfill in a week, a month, or 6 months?

Quick tip: Put a card with the word, “Think First” on your dash or on your key chain. Keep that phrase front and center in your mind when you shop.

2. Find a “B” plan. What can I do instead? Use something I already have, use something not disposable.

Quick tip: Collect different dishes, casseroles, bowls, etc. either used or on sale. Use them when you bring something to a party and give the dish to the host as a gift. Fun and easy.

3. Bag it. Bring your own bag. Those plastic bags are bad, bad, bad. And here is the good news. The ones you can buy now at the grocer carry more groceries, are washable and, in my opinion, are better for my back.

Quick tip: Target makes mini bags that zip up to the size of a wallet. They are $1. Keep them in your bag or car.

Another quick tip: People tell me, “I buy the bags, but forget to put them in the car or bring them in the store.” I used to have the same problem. Until the day I decided to put my cart aside and go back to the car for the bags. I had to do that a couple of times. It took about 5 minutes, but after only a few annoying runs to the car, I began to remember to grab those bags. 5 minutes of discipline will help you meet your goal.

4. A picture is worth a thousand words. As awful as it is, having a picture in my head of what a landfill looks like is motivating. It helps me remember what I am trying to do.

Quick tip: Click on this site; When you find your commitment lagging, the images will keep your motivation strong. It works. Ugh! I really think twice before putting something in the trash with the real visual of a landfill in my head.

Have a great week. And remember to believe in the value of your every contribution!


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