Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Choose to Reuse!

This is a guest post from Caroline Smith, who runs a website all about couch slipcovers and believes the concept of reuse is very important when it comes to looking after our environment.

Going Green: Great Ideas for Reuse

It is time for everyone to stop and dwell on what we can do to take care of our home planet. Most people want to help save the earth’s resources, but they feel helpless when they consider the big picture. The big picture, however, is not the problem. It is the smaller wasteful habits which are multiplied by the millions each day which are making the biggest impact on rising pollution and overflowing landfills. The solution to this lack of understanding is to spread the word about easy steps that anyone can take to limit the use of disposable items.

Replacing Plastic with Glass

Replacing plastic straws with the glass variety is one way we can all make a difference. This seems like such a small change to most people, but if they could just follow the path of millions of plastic straws on the way to the landfill each year, they might get a different vision of this eco-friendly product.

The glass straws from GlassDharma offer a lifetime guarantee against breakage. GlassDharma straws are strong enough for children to use and are easily cleaned in the dishwasher. If you prefer to hand wash the straws, you can purchase special brushes to insert through the straw in order to remove food particles. These brushes are included in the four or six pack sets of GlassDharma straws. These clear glass straws are stylishly elegant and can even be purchased with a slight bend to allow for easier access. Just the paper saved by not having to wrap plastic straws could make a considerable difference over time.

Considering Other Ideas for Reuse

Some other reusable products that aim to decrease waste are the following:

• Reusable snack bags made of washable fabrics to use for lunches away from home

• Reusable filters for coffee makers

Reusable cleaning cloths made from worn out towels or wash cloths

• Reusable grocery bags to take on each shopping trip

• Reusable water bottles for lunches, sporting events and athletic activities

What about Slipcovers?

Another idea is to use slipcovers on old couches and chairs instead of replacing them with new ones. This helps prolong the useful life of furniture and prevents the landfills from filling up as quickly, and slipcovers offer these added benefits:

• They are hide existing damage and stains.

• They are easy to install.

• They can easily be removed for cleaning.

• They are much less expensive than purchasing new furniture.

Finding ways to help the environment by reusing items may actually help the family budget as well. If we all consider the little picture which involves making these small changes, the big picture will take care of itself.

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