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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – IN THAT ORDER

So many people get caught up in the recycle part of that old adage, which is the last part of the statement. The last part. That should tell you something.RRR

I think people get hung up on recycling for two reasons: it’s easy and it’s advertised.

The marketing campaigns and city sponsored programs made that a slam dunk. But the thing is, that is on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to actually making a difference.

We’ve all heard stories about how you separate your recycling and then when it gets to the dump or the processing plant, they just throw it all in together anyway. Or that if one little contaminate gets into the recycling that should have been there, the plant will just toss the lot into the dump because they can’t process it. I certainly hope those are just urban legends, but they are probably at least partly true.

Even aside from the idea that just because you put something in the recycle bin at home, doesn’t mean it goes where you want it to, we still have to consider the process of breaking that product down and creating a whole new product. It’s expensive and energy consuming.

Let’s compare recycle to the two, often overlooked, other components of the adage.

Recycle: buy a new product, throw it (or the package) into a recycling bin, and then buy a new product. Lather, rinse, repeat for eternity.

Not only are you spending money on a new item over and over, but the factories keep burning energy churning out new products and the recycling plants keep processing all the waste.

Reduce: buy less and use less.

Saves you money, saves energy from lower production and processing time, saves space in landfills.

Reuse: buy one thing and then use it again and again.

Saves you money, saves energy from lower production and processing time, saves space in landfills.

Hopefully, you can see the advantages of the reduce and reuse part of the equation: it saves you money.

If you’re still wondering how this saves you money, think about just the packaging. Every time you buy a new product you pay for the packaging, again.

Let’s consider bottled water – this is an item that blows my mind when I think about it too hard. Every 20-ounce bottle of water comes in its own package (the plastic bottle) with a lid and label to show the brand. So you’re paying for the water in the bottle (which you could get free elsewhere), you’re paying for the plastic to hold the bottle (which you will proudly recycle so that it can be destroyed and made into a new plastic bottle or widget), and you are paying for the brand name (because water needs a brand?).

A gallon of water is 128 liquid ounces, so roughly six and a half bottles. If you pay even a single dollar for that bottle of water you are paying $6.50 per gallon of water … How much is gas these days? And that’s a cheap bottle of water! Most people are probably paying double what they would for milk or gas for something they can get FOR FREE!!!

Seriously, my brain hurts!

If you want to learn more about the true cost of bottled water, here is a great video by the Story of Stuff team

There are all kinds of products available that you can put free water in over and over and over again. If you’re worried about purity, you can buy a bottle with a filter that can be reused 300 times for under $10. THINK OF THE SAVINGS!What are your Earth, and money, saving tips? Post below, I can’t wait to see all the ideas!

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