If something you like and use breaks, don’t assume it’s a lost cause. Take the time to try fixing it, or take it in to a professional for repair.
Recycle old electronics
Help prevent hazardous elements (including mercury, cadmium and lead) from ending up in our landfills—and salvage reusable metals such as copper, silver, gold and palladium—by recycling old electronics.
Be an eco-friendly packer
Moving? Do it the green way by renting reusable moving crates instead of buying new cardboard boxes; wrap your breakables in old newspaper, sheets or towels instead of packing paper; and use biodegradable packing peanuts instead of bubble wrap or Styrofoam.
Take a digital detox by unplugging the TV, computer, phone and other electronics for a day. Go for a walk or a bike ride. Connect with family and friends face to face. Be mindful of the world around you. Try it once a week for a month to give yourself—and the planet—a break.
Rehome or donate items
Before you toss a perfectly good item into the trash, ask friends and family if they could use it. Or, donate it to a local charity. After all, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
Minimize paper mail
Less mail means less paper waste (and less clutter around your home). Help save trees by receiving e-bills and paying online. As for junk mail, start contacting companies and request to be removed from their mailing lists.