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