6 Reasons Why You Should Recycle

December 13, 2011 by  
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The benefits of recycling far outweigh the minimal extra effort it takes to practice the habit. It’s natural to be very tempted by the convenience of being able to throw everything into the same rubbish pile and never have to worry about it again, but the extra effort made now could save you in many other ways.

 

You can make your life simpler and easier, and contribute to a healthier planet at the same time! Here are 6 reasons why you should rethink your recycling habits.

 

1. It’s Easy.

It really isn’t a complicated process to become more environmentally friendly and recycle where you can.

 

Your local council will usually supply you with specific rubbish bins and let you know when they are collecting what type of recyclables. Furthermore, most containers now carry symbols to let you know whether they are recyclable or not, and packaging is become more and more reusable.

 

If you think about it, the only issue is in finding the little extra space in your kitchen or backyard to sort your rubbish. This can be a positive thing, because your actual garbage will now be smaller and easier to manage!

 

2. Most Packaging can be Re-Used. Remember those promotional bags that stores hand out to you? Particularly if they’re a cloth bag of sorts, holding on to them will mean they’ll come in handy at a later stage.

 

There’s always an occasion where you need a sturdier bag but don’t want to carry an extra handbag. Furthermore, plastic containers are great for freezing meals, taking lunches to work, or even to use for a picnic!

 

3. It Can Save You Money. Buying a few green bags at the supermarket now will save you having to pay 10c per every plastic bag you use – a charge that is becoming more and more common in supermarkets and other big stores.

 

Not only can these bags carry more, you won’t have to worry about the plastic bags splitting at the most inconvenient moments or wonder where to store your ever-increasing pile of them.

 

4. Great Storage Options.

Boxes, bags, and plastic containers: they can all be reused and can help you organise your pantry, your basement, or anywhere in the house where you might need some creative storage solutions.

 

It’s also a healthy habit to make sure you are covering your meals in the fridge, meaning they stay fresh longer and you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

 

5. It’s a Feel-Good Thing.

Taking a little extra effort to help reduce waste, and making innovative use of what is essentially an expensive and wasteful use of paper, plastic or other materials – is something you can feel good about! Not only are you saving money, you are helping towards saving the planet.

 

6. You Need To.

The simple fact is, you need to start now if you haven’t already, because eventually you won’t have a choice.

 

In many countries you are now required to pay a bond for when you purchase anything that is plastic or glass. Why not get into the habit now so you benefit from the convenience and savings earlier rather than later?

 

Recycling is necessary so we can attempt to reduce the speed at which our landfills are overflowing. But it’s also beneficial to you personally in so many ways – so why not start today?

How To Move House In An Environmentally Friendly Way

November 7, 2011 by  
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Moving house is one of those things that nobody looks forward to, as shifting all of your possessions from one place to another can be a huge undertaking. Moving day can also end up being an environmental disaster, with often a dozen or so trips in the car and the use of heavy duty cleaning products.

Moving house is one of those things that nobody looks forward to, as shifting all of your possessions from one place to another can be a huge undertaking. Moving day can also end up being an environmental disaster, with often a dozen or so trips in the car and the use of heavy duty cleaning products. Make sure you are organized next time you move and think about how your move is impacting the environment.

Think About How You Pack

As soon as you make the decision to move, start saving boxes, green bags, promotional bags and anything else that will be useful when you go to pack up your house. Even newspaper will be useful for packing up glasses and other delicate items so don’t get stuck having to buy stuff you already have. Think ahead and save things for the move.

Donate Unwanted Items

As you go through and start packing up your house, you are bound to come across items that you either don’t need anymore or that you just don’t want to take with you to your new place. Start packing early so you have plenty of time to find people or places to donate unwanted items. There is nothing sadder than having to just throw perfectly good items away just because you have run out of time at the end. Think ahead, think of others and find a home for unwanted items.

Use Non-Toxic Cleaners

The least fun part of moving is definitely having to clean your old place from top to bottom. Make this huge task a little better by using cleaning products that are better for you and the environment. There are some pretty nasty household cleaning products out there, and while they will make your house look clean, you are better off choosing something less toxic. It might take slightly longer but you will still have your house looking great without jeopardizing your health or those of friends and family helping you clean.

Do It In One Move

Most people spend moving day driving back and forth between their old and new place, ferrying goods and people. Save time, petrol, hassle and the environment, by either borrowing or renting a large truck and doing the move in one hit. It will make moving day way easier to organize, mean less chaos and cut down on pollution.

Snack Wisely

If you want to have the energy to make it through the day, having lots of snacks and a good lunch on moving day is essential. Treat yourself and everyone helping you to some great organic food for the day. There is no question organic food is better for both you and the environment, not to mention it tastes way better, so be sure no one goes hungry helping you out on your move.

Downsize

Deciding to move opens up a big opportunity for you to think about where and how you want to live. Most people live in houses that are far bigger than they need to be and therefore use up way more resources than is necessary, so think about how much space you need and consider moving into somewhere a bit smaller this time.

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