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5 Ways to Make My Home More Sustainable

Reuse and Recycle

In the reduce, reuse, recycle triangle, recycling is actually the least desirable action item. Of course, it's much better than adding trash to a landfill, but reusing items that still have some life in them is a much better move for the environment. For example, you can repair broken tools and furniture instead of throwing them away. It's amazing what you can do with a roll of duct tape. Baggies, paper and plastic bags, envelopes and file folders are all items that are easy to store for reuse and usually have a much longer life cycle than most people actually take advantage of. Printer paper has two sides, so save a stack to use for printing drafts and archival documents. Grocery items often come in a type of plastic that many cities don't recycle. Rather than tossing these containers in the trash, they can be used to store any number of household items.