We have talked a lot about recycling on this blog, but there are many other aspects to 'green living'. Many of you may be familiar with the phrase "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle." This phrase explains the three ways people can help lessen their impact on the Earth. Turning off lights, re-using containers and buying used clothes are all alternative ways to reduce waste. The Three R’s form a set of guidelines for conservation. First, you Reduce. You simply use buy less products and use less products. The second stage is Re-using what you already having, meaning you don’t need to spend money on more items. Lastly, you Recycle what you cannot re-use. Outlining a ‘green life’, the Three R’s can provide a starting point for people looking for a place to start.
You may be asking yourself, "how can turning off lights and re-using items actually make a difference?" Reducing and re-using can both save you a significantly large amount of money. For example, City Hall proposed an idea to modify every computer in the building so that they'd 'go to sleep' after five minutes of inactivity. This means that the computers would use a lot less energy and reduce carbon emissions at the same time, without any effort by the employees. After one year, City Hall found that it had saved around $80,000. And that’s just from tweaking the computers.
Reducing and re-using, along with recycling, are all easy ways to cut back on waste and energy use. It's definitely worth trying out, as shown by City Hall, to think about how you can Reduce, Re-use and Recycle yourself.
Have any good ideas on ways to reduce and reuse? We would love to hear them. Look for more of our ideas on Reducing and Re-using in upcoming Blog entries.