But what about the third "R" - Reducing? What are you doing to reduce the waste that you create by living in our modern society? I haven't given much thought to this more abstract way to contributing to a smaller footprint. On a recent trip to the mall, I was surprised that in the food court, the only things that could be recycled were glass and plastic drinking containers. All of the Styrofoam containers, forks, spoons, knives, boxes, fountain drink cups, plastic lids and straws go straight to the landfill. I figured I had one of three choices - don't eat there (and that wasn't an option with that Pad Thai on my mind!), carry the containers home with me and dispose of them in my own recycling bin, or reduce the garbage I carried to my table.
If everyone gave 5 seconds thought to how the decisions we make could be made better in order to reduce our waste, we'd be making a huge dent in the problem. Do I need a plastic or paper bag to carry my order to the table? Can I order a drink in a recyclable bottle instead of a fountain pop container that goes in the trash? What am I ordering and what kind of garbage comes with it? These may not be great examples of how to change the world, but the point is this: Are you thinking about how your small and insignificant actions could be slightly altered to reduce reduce reduce?
I challenge you to consider how you can reduce your impact on the environment everyday. The challenge is fun and the contribution you make feels great!
Here's a great little website that I found with many practical ideas for how to reduce, reuse and recycle, and how to encourage companies to work together with us in making a greater change. Click HERE.
If you have any ideas you'd like me to hi-light here on my blog, send me a quick email HERE.