ReUse

My most pressing concern is the environment. Climate change is the issue of our generation, if there is no earth to live on, who cares about human rights, equality, food safety, racism? We won’t have a PLANET anymore. I can go on and on and on, I can’t believe anybody that doesn’t think that global warming is real and that we have to do something to stop it. Denying it, is denying your destiny. We are all screwed if we don’t clean up our acts. All of us.

One simple thing we can all do is be less wasteful. Yep. That means re-use stuff that we have! There is a ridiculous amount of trash that we accumulate every day, week, month and year. Imagine the amount of waste you accumulate and multiply it. First by a little bit (5?) and then a lotta bit (1000) disgusting right? Well there are more than 1000 people in the world, heck there are more than 1000 people in your town most likely.

Here are a couple tips on how to ReUse.

1. Use a bag to buy groceries, and use the same one, over and over and over again. Plastic bags are bad for the environment because they cannot decompose and paper bags are bad for the environment because of how many carbon emissions it takes to create them.

I like to get a canvass tote bag and just use it until it falls apart. Well, none of my canvass bags have fallen apart yet, they are just real dirty. Easy ways to have a bag handy: keep one in your handbag for when you shop. Keep one in the trunk of your car for when you get groceries, keep one by your front door so you can grab it as you go in case you need it. Get the picture? I have more than one and I keep them in all of those places.

2. Use a travel mug for your coffee. I got mine from REI. It’s made of recylcled plastic, the plastic is BPA free too. I try to bring it with me when I get coffee and have the barista put it in there, that way I am not increasing my waste of using 21986538 paper coffee cups a year.

You can also do the same thing with a water bottle. Get an aluminum water bottle, and reuse it. Buying bottled water isn’t actually good for your health, and the amount of plastic you are using is hugely wasteful. I got mine at REI as well, and it’s BPA free!

BPA also known as Bisphenol A is a synthetic estrogen that is harmful to your body. Chicago banned BPA from baby bottles. It can be detrimental to development for infants and lead to serious risks as an adult.

3. Another tip is to reuse the clothes in your closet, either by wearing your clothes as much as you can or taking them to a consignment store. You can sell your clothes there and they will re-sell them, and you can buy clothes that are used also. Reusing clothing is honestly another way to be environmentally conscious. Girls like to do clothing swaps too. Swaps are when a bunch of girls get together and bring clothes they dont want anymore and they swap ’em around, everybody gets something. You can bring your clothes to places such as buffalo exchange, plato’s closet or crossroads.

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One response to “ReUse

  1. I am the local Eco Nazi. I like that you give easy tips like this!

    There’s also the idea of re-wearing a few pieces of clothing before popping it into the wash, especially if you don’t sweat or walk through dirty city streets in a day. Or using glass lunch containers instead of buying a bunch of plastic containers–while, reusable, made from plastic, which is responsible for tons and tons of carbon emissions in its production process.

    🙂 The little things, right?!

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