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7 Simple ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

April 22, 2015


by Julia Byrd
  1. Buy local produce, and services whenever possible.

  2. Set up a recycling station in your kitchen.

    Have fun with this one! Colors coordinate your garbage and recycling cans. Some trash services will provide recycling bins; however, any bin will work.

  3. Invest in Mason Jars.

    Although they are made for canning and preserving, they are great reusable containers for holding dry goods and spices.

  4. Compost.

    A compost pile is typically made up of leaves, food scraps (no meat or oils), and other organic materials. Use what you have, whether that is tin, wood or fence panels. For those within the city, tumbling composters are the best option. Use coffee cans to store your scraps in the kitchen before they’re chucked into the compost pile or bin.

  5. Abstain from buying convenience packaged items.

    If you do, recycle the plastic and cardboard components.

  6. Egg shells, egg cartons and old cans…oh, my!

    All of these make wonderful containers for starting seeds, and growing plants. With the egg shells and cardboard egg cartons, you can plant the container directly into the ground, without disturbing the delicate seedling. Egg shells also contain nutrients essential to plant growth. When growing plants in old cans, be sure to remove the label, and wash well. Punch holes in the bottom of the can with a screwdriver for proper drainage.

  7. Use your money to support earth friendly and sustainable practices.

    Here is where you’ll need to to do some research: By evaluating the necessity of what and where you buy, whether that is at the grocery store or clothes store, know the sources and methods by which your products are made. Many products bought in the United States are made with the intent for profit, with low labor and material cost. Hence, much of what we buy is cheap; not quality. Not to mention, the possibility of child labor in making those products, and pollution in the lands where these products are produced. So, when we make a conscientious choice to simplify our ‘needs’, we are taking power away from those that abuse Earth’s resources.

As always, happy planting! (Go hug a tree!)

Julia Byrd is the greenhouse manager at Texas Lutheran University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Music and Biology. In the greenhouse, she focuses on organic alternatives in garden practices. When she is not knee deep in plants, she is usually found creating various things, whether it be a poem or a planter box.