It was on a relatively recent trip to the local dump that opened my eyes and made me fully realize the importance and absolute necessity of living our lives with more of a green awareness in our activities of daily living. I was shocked and absolutely appalled at the mountains of waste that lay before my eyes.
Years ago I had started to do my part in making this a better place for my children and grandchildren. I had adopted the three R’s of recycling – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and was really quite diligent in my endeavor, but after seeing the mountains of tin cans, plastic water bottles and containers, broken toys etc., I decided to take my meager efforts to the next level.
Though I try to buy my fruits and vegetables fresh, there are times that it is necessary that I buy them in a can; especially during the winter months. I don’t normally buy bottled water, but there are times when I am out and about that I become thirsty so I will purchase a bottle of water. This was the sort of trash that I wanted to do something about. This was the sort of trash that I thought could be made reusable.
One of the first things I did when I decided to recycle my trash was go online for ideas, and I came across a website that is full of some amazing ideas for my cans. I particularly liked the stacked cans on the bottom of the page. This style works perfectly for everything I use it for. In the garage I use it for my gardening utensils. In the study it works nice for pens, pencils etc., and of course, in the bathroom for extra hand towels. These specially designed cans can also make for a unique gift for a special friend.
Here in the Northwest we do not have long summers, so most of us enjoy the summer we do have to the max. That gave me the perfect idea for my empty water bottles. I fill them with water and keep in the freezer. I use these in my ice chest to keep my food and drinks fresh as long as possible. As an added bonus, when the ice melts in the bottles there is decent water to use for washing and cleaning up.
I try to never have Styrofoam in the house, but there are times when I buy meat at the grocery store that comes on Styrofoam trays. I wash them thoroughly and store until early spring. I then use them as starter trays for growing young plants to later transplant into my garden when the weather allows.
It is important that we do all that we can to greatly reduce the mountains of garbage that we have piling up in our city and county dumps. Through efforts of Reusing our refuse, we can eventually make a dent in these mountains.