Cutting down on trash doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. Check out these easy steps that can yield big results.
Most of us have heard of the zero waste movement—you know, that crazy idea to fill your trash receptacle with next to nothing?
The average person in the U.S. generates nearly 4½ pounds of trash a day, according to CNN Health, and half of that ends up in the country’s 2,000 landfills. That’s 1,600 pounds of trash a year. Per person.
Living trash free is a grand idea, no doubt, but so is exercising daily and cutting out carbs. But just like those goals, if you want to reduce the amount of waste you toss, start small. A little effort can go a long way in protecting the future of our environment. Here’s how:
8 Donation Dynamos:
Animal Shelters: Locate a local shelter online and donate old blankets, animal toys and whatever else they need that you may have.
Apple Buyback: Donations can offset the price of a new purchase. If your item doesn’t qualify, it may end up in a new (needy) home or with a recycling partner. Apple.com
Bra Recyclers: All gently used sizes accepted. BraRecycling.com
Ocean Sole Africa: Help turn flip-flops into art and functional products and also generate jobs in Kenya with the help of this social enterprise. OceanSoleAfrica.com
Reuse-a-Shoe: Nike’s program recycles all brands of sneakers into courts for various sports for children around the world. Purpose.nike.com
St. Jude’s Ranch:Help provide teens with life and work skills by donating the front of greeting cards (all except Hallmark, American Greetings and Disney) to this non-profit. StJudesRanch.org
The Military Wallet: Support the military through this organization’s Cell Phones for Soldiers program. TheMilitaryWallet.com
The National Crayon Recycle Program: Send your broken Crayons to a better place rather than a landfill. CrazyCrayons.com