Simple Steps to Greener Living

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July 1, 2010

Don't just use... Reuse whenever possible

One of the easiest ways to keep going green
Is to reuse products as part of your routine
Think of creative ways to keep your home clean
Or trade with your friends for a new pair of jeans.

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

One of the easiest ways to go green is to reuse stuff lying around the house. Whether you're cleaning house or setting up activities with the kids, use the stuff you have laying around for all kinds of projects.

  • Cleaning the house can often create more chemicals and waste than you had beforehand. In addition to leaving the harsh chemicals out of your routine, start reusing old towels and clothes for rags to clean up the house. You'll be able to get the last bit of wear out of your items without having to toss them in the trash.
  • Donate all gently used items to the Goodwill or local clothing drive. Those jeans might be a little outdated, but somebody else will be able to get great use out of them. Don't stop at clothes either. Any old appliances, furniture or clothes are always greatly appreciated and almost always reused.
  • Barter goods if you want something in return for your items. Anything from books and DVD's to everything in between can usually be bartered for something you are looking for. Save money and waste by reusing other people's items instead of having to buy it brand new.

eHow offers tips on how to reuse items you kind find throughout your whole house.

U-Exchange is one of the largest swap sites that specializes in all kinds of trades.

Goodwill accepts donated goods for others to reuse in the future.


Happy Tiffin containers provide an alternative to plastic or disposable containers and are suitable for hot or cold food-to-go.

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