Read on for easy ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Small changes really do make a difference. Plus, it’s easier than you might think!

  1. If you don’t have a recycling bin at home, get one. Recycling bins can be purchased at most major hardware stores. You may also want to check with your local city or township to see if you can get a free bin.
  2. Live a tobacco-free lifestyle. Smoking and cigarette butts, as well as environmental runoff associated with the tobacco growing process, can contribute to air, water and land pollution.
  3. Consider buying fewer material objects and living more of a minimalist lifestyle to alleviate subconscious stress (from clutter) and reduce waste.
  4. Unsubscribe from junk mail (paper and electronic).
  5. Buy local and support small businesses.
  6. Consider purchasing secondhand items when possible.
  7. Check with your local animal shelter to see if they accept old towels or blankets before tossing them in the trash.
  8. Recycle used printer cartridges. The stores that you purchased them from typically accept old cartridges for recycling.
  9. Give meatless Mondays a try.
  10. Sign up for paperless e-Statements for your bills and pay online or over the phone.
  11. Use reusable water bottles such as glass or stainless steel. Or use mason jars to store food or other items, instead of using plastic.
  12. Take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid plastic.