Thursday, January 19, 2012

Resolutions Part III: Do More ...

... to Waste Less!

One great way you can reuse more, buy second-hand clothing!
A great resolution to make this year is to make a better effort to recycle.  It’s well known that recycling is important because it exte0nds the life and usefulness of products by making something new out of them without having to use too many raw resources.

Recycling benefits the environment and the planet by helping to save energy, reduce pollution, reduce the amount of waste in landfills, and most importantly, it prevents against global warming.

However, it’s important to know exactly what can actually be recycled.  Besides the usual recyclable items like paper, plastic, glass, and metal, other recyclable items include biodegradable waste, batteries and electronics.   For an extensive list of what you can or can’t recycle, visit your city’s website (For The City of Toronto)

As great as recycling is however, the better resolution you can make is to reuse and reduce – mostly reduce!  When you produce less garbage, you don’t have to worry about it getting dumped in landfills or using energy to recycle it.  On the plus side, besides saving valuable natural resources you can also save money when you reuse!

A fun way you can learn how to reduce and reuse is by becoming a do-it-yourself-er! Do-it-yourself or DIY is term used to describe projects in which you build, modify, or repair something with the help of experts.  It’s a great way to take something old and make something new out of it or to take something damaged and make something else out of it by re-purposing it.

DIY projects can help you with any home improvement tasks, clothing repair or gardening ideas.  For ideas on where or how to get started, check out these websites:

* Everything Etsy
* Instructables
* DIY Network
* DIY.ca
* Home Depot
* Do it Yourself
* Craftster


Good luck with your goals and happy 2012!

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