Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Tips to Reduce Waste With American Made Products

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In celebration of Earth Month, we’re looking at ways to reduce, reuse, recycle with a little help from American-made products. Today we have tips to REDUCE waste.

Focus on Three Areas to Actively Reduce Individual Waste

1. ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Our energy use involves the amount of natural resources we use every day. Natural resources, like oil, are not renewable. Our energy use also effects other aspects of our environment like carbon pollution and global warming. Some tips to reduce our energy use include:

Purchase items made from renewable resources. Technology is advancing daily, and most products that were formally oil and petroleum based, no longer need to be so, like the New Life floor mats from GelPro. These mats are made from a plant based renewable resource.

Buy local and by items manufactured as close to you as possible. The closer the item is made our grown to your location,  less energy is used to get it to you.

Save energy with a Ford Fusion Hybrid #madeinUSA
Think about investing in a hybrid or electric vehicle. Ford has committed to manufacturing it’s Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford Focus Electric cars at it’s Wayne, Michigan plant. Hybrid and electric cars are a great way to reduce gasoline consumption.

2. WATER USE

To most of us in the USA, cutting back on our water use is still a choice. However, there are some places (and especially in hot months) that water conservation is mandatory due to a limited water supply. Here are some ways to reduce water use:

Invest in water saving products for your home. With three manufacturing plants in the USA (2 in Ohio, and one in Texas), Mansfield Plumbing is a great America made source for water efficiency toilet tanks. Their EcoQuantum tank reduces water usage up to 40% when compared to conventional tanks.

Use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden. Water your plants with water collected from the rain, as opposed to using the hose.  A rain barrel comes especially handy in the hot summer months when many areas have water use restrictions.

Don’t miss 5 Ways to Save Water at Home Using American Made Products for more water saving tips and made in USA product suggestions!

3. Trash Impact

According to Planet Green, in 2008 the average person in America created 4.5 pounds of trash a day! Here are some tips on how to reduce your trash impact on our environment.

Worm Factory, made in USA composting
Compost food waste to reduce methane in landfills.  Worm composting is raising in popularity and a fun way to get the kiddos involved in composting.  The Worm Factory composting system is made in the USA from post consumer recycled plastics and is a great way to break down food scraps,  junk mail and cardboard for use in your garden. Just add the live Red Earthworms.

Purchase re-usable products over disposable when ever possible.  Packing lunches with reusable products is a great place to reduce our trash waste every day.

Don’t miss our tips on packing an Eco friendly school lunch with made in USA Items 

Buy higher quality items.  Products built to last from high quality materials will stand the tests of time- and stay out of our landfills. The next time you are purchasing furniture, look for pieces made from durable solid American hardwood, like those offered by Manchester Wood. Manchester Wood’s  furniture  is manufactured in New York and lasts for generations.

Buy less stuff. Reducing our trash impact is as simple as buying less stuff. It is one of our favorite tips that we shared here and here.  Do you really need that item from the dollar store, just because it’s a dollar? Or will it end up un-used and in the trash? Also, re-use when ever possible. Many items you think are trash can have a new purpose. My favorite item to re-use is the glass jars that I purchase salsa in. The size and wide mouth of these jars make them perfect for storing leftovers in my fridge.

Reduce waste with these American made products #EarthMonth #EarthDay #madeinUSA

What tips do you have to share on how we can reduce our impact on the environment? 

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Post by Tracey Hanson

Tracey Hanson is the USA Love List Green/Family Living Editor. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest

Comments

  1. md kennedy says:

    I put off buying a GelPro mat because I thought they were made from petroleum products – I should have checked! Now I can get one for my kitchen floor (hard granite!).

  2. What a great series! I look forward to following the rest of your posts! I am all about conserving water, reducing waste and supporting companies that upcycle and use recycable components in their products.
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  3. Thanks for these great tips! I’m slowly but surely getting there. 🙂
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  4. Thanks for the great tips! I really try to use the buy less stuff method as much as possible.
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  5. Collecting rainwater is one of the next projects on my list after we get the chickens set up!
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  6. I am not, in the least, a patriotic person….so supporting American made has always been an ‘Eeeehhhhhh, it makes sense, BUT’ issue with me. Then I became eco-friendly and it all makes sense completely! Thanks for sharing the many reasons to reduce/reuse/recycle American (or local to any country, really!)
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  7. Thank you for this series! It drives home, for me, the impact of purchasing decisions. Your site is a great resource.

  8. To me, reduction is key. Buy in bulk when possible. Opt for products with less packaging.

  9. I love it that they do curbside pick up now… makes it much easier and we are so much more inclined to try and recyle. Now we recycle EVERYTHING!
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  10. Robin Wilson says:

    These are all wonderful tips that will help Keep America Beautiful all year long. Thank you for sharing.

  11. We do a good job recycling and even composting, but we are still wasteful with water. Definitely need to bump up our efforts in that area!
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  12. I love reading articles about reducing the waste. Great suggestions, thanks for sharing!

  13. Karen D says:

    Great ideas for reducing waste. Everyone should read this!

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