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Little things you can do to save money and Go Green!

Updated on February 28, 2013

Landfills FULL of paper and plastic

This is only one example of a landfill...disgusting! Photo courtesy of John Fowler
This is only one example of a landfill...disgusting! Photo courtesy of John Fowler

Save Money & Go Green Easily!!

Do you want to "go green", slow down the rapid depletion of our natural resources, AND save money doing it? Tell me what you think:)

First of all, I am an extremely frugal person, so I've been doing this for years.

I believe that if every person in the U.S. switched to water purifiers, used recyclable grocery bags (only cost around $1.00), and quickly disassembled every box that they threw away (food boxes, boxes from gifts, medicine boxes, and yes, even tampon boxes) it would dramatically slow down the process of toxins entering the soil that our grandchildren will play on and the water they will drink. Here's how I do it:

As soon as a cereal box is emptied, I quickly disassemble it along its seams, fold it flat, and toss it in the garbage can. You could also have an entirely separate bin just for boxes/paper. I'm so used to doing it now with every box I touch, I don't even realize I'm doing it! You'd be amazed at how little time it takes to form the habit...lol. Have the kids do it, it can be kind of fun for them, or add it to their chore list.

I myself have just started using the recyclable grocery bag and I must say that I'm NOT throwing away about 40 plastic bags a month! And I'm only one person, one family. Think about that.

I use a regular tall kitchen wastebasket and I know for a fact that I'm saving MY family time and money, because I can fit about 4 times the garbage into one bag! Therefore,

1. You waste less time running garbage out (I have a family of five and took a bag of garbage out nearly every day)

2. You're saving 50%-75% on garbage bags, which can end up being about $40.00 a year. It may not seem like much, but it is $40.00 you didn't have before! And you'll save even more if you resort to a water purifier (therefore, no plastic bottles which you'll see a lot of in the photo below) and a recyclable, reusable grocery bag!

3. There would be 50%-75% fewer plastic grocery bags, garbage bags, and bottles in the ground!

4. Number 3 translates to at least 50% less garbage going to our landfills every day!

5. If it's an option where you live, you could ask your sanitation company to hold off on one or two pick-ups a month. You could possibly save money on your garbage bill. But even if you had to continue paying the same amount for the bill, wouldn't you feel great about the fact that you are literally helping save the earth, ?! One box at a time!


And please, PLEASE buy a water purifier and a couple reusable grocery bags...VERY important, small things you can do to better our world for today and tomorrow! Plastics in landfills contain methane gases that are depleting the ozone. See photo. You will see some paper and box materials, but most of what you see is plastic.

Please leave comments:)

Jamie

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    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR

      MissJamieD 

      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Birte--Exactly, it doesn't take more than a few minutes a day to save our entire earth for the future. If more people don't start thinking like you and I, I'm afraid my grandchildren will not have clean soil and water..scary:( Thanks for reading! Thanks for doing your part to save the earth:)

    • BirteEdwards profile image

      BirteEdwards 

      9 years ago

      I wish more people would have your approach. Where I live we have recycle bins for plastic bottles and paper. At the supermarkets there are crushing facilities for cardboard.

      I use water purifiers and sodaclub, so I never have plastic bottles. We also have the "green" shopping bags, and I have several. I am tired of plastic bags.

      I collect as much plastic from wrappers, containers etc and keep them in a special bag. When full, I empty it into the plastic bottle collector. I do the same with paper, envelopes, adverts etc. and then dump it into the paper collector.

      There are so many small ways to do this, and even if it takes another 5 minutes once in a while, it is well worth it.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Every bit helps and sets an example for others.

    • MissJamieD profile imageAUTHOR

      MissJamieD 

      9 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Thank you for helping us save the world:) Love your work Rochelle! I'm a big fan:)

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      9 years ago from California Gold Country

      I do this with my paperboard boxes-- and I take them to a recycle drop. I've got the water bpurifier, the re-usable grocery bags and I've also got a yoghurt maker (Don't have those little plastic cups to throw away).

      Where I live, we have to haul our own trash to the landfill (and pay for each load). Believe me, a few visits to the dump can inspire you to not want to go there too often. With recycling and not buying overpackaged food, we have cut our trips to the landfill to two or three small loads per year.

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      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      good hub

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      Great advice.

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