Earth Day is coming up, and I wanted to do a post to talk about how organizing your home can actually be a way to help preserve the planet. What is your household’s impact on the community and environment? In this post I’ll give you recommendations for sustainable products and companies, ideas on how to waste less, and information about reuse and recycling partners. We’ve all heard “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, but “Refuse, Repurpose, and Repair” are 3 more “R’s” that you can keep in mind when you want to help the earth. It’s all about habit change. Before purchasing something, ask yourself if you really need it. By reducing consumption, purchasing less, and using it for longer, you’ll be contributing to the sustainability of the planet.
For some very eco-conscious people, their goal is to actually do LESS recycling. The trend is to purchase things with less packaging, so there is less material to recycle in the first place. It’s also possibly to become TOO eco-conscious, for example, stock piling dozens and dozens of margarine containers “just in case”. I know the company Ridwell has certainly helped a friend of mine who had been storing certain items that were past their prime. She wanted to recycle them, but didn’t know how. Ridwell is a local Seattle company that offers a specialty recycling service to recycle items like plastic film, Styrofoam, and fabric scraps that couldn’t be recycled through the conventional city recycling program.
If you’re wanting to improve your carbon footprint, it’s not about righteousness or feeling superior. The goal should be to do things to make it easier to reuse or recycle things properly. Be sure to check on your local recycling resources. Don’t contaminate the recycling stream. Policies change, and what’s true in one area may not be the same in another area. Recycling technology also improves. That’s why we can co-mingle recyclables when we used to have to separate them. Set up a system so taking donations is part of a sustainable part of life. Promote systems to reuse.
You’re probably already doing many things that can help preserve the planet. Below is a list of some ideas of things you could do that you may not have thought of. Or if you’re already doing them, you may not have taken the opportunity to pat yourself on the back for making an eco-friendly choice.
What are some of your favorite eco-friendly products? Or what habits have you developed help preserve the earth?
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By Jean Prominski, Certified Professional Organizer
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