Granted, there are plenty of times when I curse our recycling (we have a nasty habit of going 4-5 months between trips to the recycling center), but every time we come home from the recycling center with empty bins bumping around in the truck bed, I'm happy that we took the time to wash, sort, and drop off our recycling so all of that paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and more can get another lease on life. I try to do my best to reduce our use of non-recyclable household supplies by washing and reusing plastic bags and always bring my own shopping bags to the grocery stores. I also opt for eco-friendly cleaners like Mrs. Meyers. All that being said, we're far from perfect recyclers and I always having a niggling feeling whenever we go to the dumpster that we produce more trash than we really should.
I'm not sure why I've been thinking about this lately, although if I had to guess why recycling's been on my mind, it's probably because the shed is currently oozing recycling and today's activities will include a much needed trip to the recycling center. I was also inspired by this post from Food in Jars which highlighted bee's wrap, a reuseable alternative to plastic wrap.
Realizing that's there's a viable alternative to plastic wrap got me thinking about some of my "green" trouble spots. We use a lot of paper products like paper towels and Kleenex when we could be using reuseable towels or cloth napkins. I always opt for the store stocked plastic bags when buying bulk, whether I'm buying produce or basmati rice, when I could be bringing my own glass jars or using reuseable mesh produce bags. And I use plastic wrap every now and then, when I could be using bee's wrap.
|Reuseable paper towels by Mamamade|
How about you? What are your best tips for reducing, reusing, and recycling? What are your "going green" problem areas?