Most people agree that recycling is the right thing to do for the environment. So why is it that so many of us don’t do it? I understand it may not be convenient or you might not have the space for the extra trash can, but did you know recycling also puts more money in your pocket? And while you are saving money, you can help slow climate change, prevent overloaded land fills and save energy at the same time.
Below are 5 great ways to show you that recycling and money-saving often go hand-in-hand. These suggestions are easy enough for you to get started today!
1. Reuse grocery bags
If you’re one of those people who brings fabric totes to the supermarket, then forgets to bring them in from the car, you are not alone! You can still reuse the plastic grocery bags. Keep them in a handy place at home to use for your small indoor garbage cans or scooping the cat’s litter tray. Keep some in the car for riders who get carsick or to protect your shoes in muddy areas. Bring bags when you travel to use for dirty laundry. There are hundreds of ways you can reuse these bags!
2. Sell unwanted items
Your trash might be someone else’s treasure! Sell your old clothes and items from around the house at a garage sale, or to a second-hand shop or online. You may be tired of some of your things, but sometimes they still look nearly new. Someone else will love them and be willing to pay a good price.
3. Buy second-hand clothes
Why not buy second hand instead of brand new? You’ll save yourself a lot of money, and it’s amazing what some people donate to charity shops. You may be able to afford that expensive brand after all and give money to charity at the same time. It’s a win-win.
4. Reuse containers
Whether it’s a plastic water bottle, a takeaway container or a jam jar – it can be reused. A jam jar could be really useful and save you having to buy a new container if you, for example, make your own jam or chutney, or need somewhere to keep receipts, tickets, or buttons. Next time you have one ready to recycle, think about how you could give it a new purpose instead.
5. Recycle old electronics
Did you know you can get cash from an old cell phone not being used and just gathering dust in your home? The same is true for video games and computers. Sites like Amazon, Decluttr and ebay are good options to consider if you want to sell online.
The bottom line: We know recycling is a responsible practice and benefits the environment. But…if you need a more personal reason to get started, think about the financial benefits!
This post was contributed by Terilyn and Leslie from the lovely BeNiceToMommy blog!