4 easy ways to make recycling work for you
For many people, the chore of recycling is what puts them off doing it with any sort of gusto. It’s more a case of when they remember or when they can be bothered, rather than an action so natural it becomes commonplace. We think that everyone should recycle as much as possible, not only to save the environment but for the feel-good factor you get every time you do it. Here are 4 easy ways to make recycling work for you, and make it a little bit less of a chore.
- Make the right choices when shopping
It might be tiresome dealing with your recycling at home, but you can make it a little easier by choosing the items that are already made from recycled materials when shopping. When you buy recycled, you are reducing the need for new materials to be produced, which reduces carbon emissions involved in production and destroying any more raw materials. Things like paper are the obvious choice when it comes to making smart purchasing decisions, but did you know that you can also buy iPhone cases made out of leftover skateboard material? There’s lots of stuff out there made from recycled materials, from clothing to backpacks, so make smarter choices when shopping to make recycling work for you.
- Recycle everywhere you can
You don’t just have to recycle at home, you can do it at work and on the go, as it’s pretty common now to see recycling bins replacing general purpose rubbish bins dotted about when you’re out and about. Take advantage of these and you’ll still get that feel-good factor when you send something to be recycled instead of sending it to landfill. Your workplace can also benefit from recycling efforts – why not nominate a ‘green’ champion to get everyone involved in making the planet that little bit better?
- Make it work around you
Make recycling work for you by working it around your life. Note your collection dates in advance so that you know exactly when to have everything out by the kerb. Keep your recycling bin handy, so you can throw things into it as easily as you would throw something in the bin, so avoid all that hassle of sorting it out before collection day. Make it everyone’s job, not just yours so that everyone in the household contributes and takes responsibility for it.
- Reuse what you can
Saving the planet is all about ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, so we thought we’d tackle this area of reusing things, which can sometimes put people off or make them squirm, as most of us will admit we like shiny new things fresh out of the packet! Reuse things like dishcloths (once washed) to save on kitchen roll, and reuse your shopping bags each week to avoid paying for new ones. Reusing water is also possible – you can add a barrel to the bottom of your drain pipe and use the water collected to water the rest of the plants in the garden on dry days, and with the typical weather forecast predicting rain, rain and more rain it won’t be long until it’s filled!