Watching news of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as it unfolds makes me feel so helpless, as I’m sure it has you, too. With the massive oil spill now being named as ‘the largest oil spill in US history’, our water is being polluted with thousands of barrels of oil with each passing day. Marine and wildlife struggle to survive while fishing and tourism industries remained threatened. As BP attempts to correct this problem with numerous techniques to control the spread of oil, we wait hoping things will improve as soon as possible.
Seeing the relief and rescue teams pull together to do whatever they can reminds me of the things we can do in our very homes to avoid putting more waste into our environment.
I’ve always stressed that the less clutter we have, the better we feel – but definitely not at the expense of our planet! We’ve all heard the sayings, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” or “Going Green” but are we actually doing as much as we could be doing in our everyday lives and actually living by these mottos. The more we recycle, the less we have in landfills! The more we reuse or pass on to others to reuse, the less we have in landfills! It really is a win-win.
From using re-useable cloth bags instead of plastic at grocery stores, choosing online banking & bill pay to save on paper waste, donating old or outdated electronics that are lying around the house, shopping and donating other unwanted items at local thrift stores, there are ways we can each do our part to help our planet and support your communities at the same time. From homes, to corporate offices, we can all work together to protect our world and help make it a greener, safer and more beautiful place to live.
Best sure to check out my June tips for other things you can do to help de-clutter the earth. We may not be in a position to clean off a bird that has been soaked in oil, but there are other ways we can make a difference in our world…starting today!
~ Jodie ~
How You Can Help De-Clutter The Earth
By making a few changes and becoming informed, you can do your part to dispose of unnecessary items safely without damaging the planet.
Medications & Sharps: Throwing out old medications or putting them down the toilet or sink can pollute the water supply and soil. Contact pharmacies in your area to find one that has a drug recycling program and take them there for safe disposal. It is illegal to dispose of sharps (needles, lancets, etc) in the trash. Seal in a puncture resistant container such as a laundry detergent bottle, tape shut, mark clearly “contains sharps”, and take to a physician, participating pharmacy or household hazardous waste event or S.A.F.E. Center. Call (800) 988-6942 for locations near you. Do not throw away the sealed sharps container into any of your own trash bins.
Paint & Household Products: Items such as paint, paint thinners, cleaners and solvents, pool or gardening chemicals, used oil, furniture polish & sprays, etc damage the environment. Disposing of them in your trash, storm drains or sewers is actually against the law. Check with family or friends to see if they are able to make use of what you no longer need first. If you do need to dispose of the products, call your local Department of Water and Power to find a permanent recycle center or hazardous waste disposal event in your city. Don’t pour chemicals into a single container. Be sure to keep them in their original packages.
E-Waste: Keep electronics out of the trash. Did you know that e-waste is one of the fastest growing areas in landfills? Alarmingly, around only 10% of all electronic waste is actually recycled. Visit www.Earth911.com to search for the recycling center nearest you. Recycle everything and anything from TV’s, video games, cell phones, batteries, computer monitors, printers, radios, etc.
Clothing & Furniture: Instead of throwing unwanted items away or placing old furniture on the side of the road join www.Freecycle.org. This nonprofit organization is committed to reusing and keeping stuff out of landfills. Members have access to networks in their area and are able to give (or get) stuff for free in their own town. Membership is free! Sign up online to find your local group.
Plastic Bags: While clean, dry, plastic bags can be recycled and reused to make useful new products, many curbside programs won’t accept them. To find a designated plastic bag recycling drop off center near you and for more information visit www.plasticbagrecycling.org. The consumers section of their website also contains a comprehensive list of the type of plastic bags that can be recycled.
Paper: Every ton of paper recycled saves more than 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. In order to be successfully recycled, paper must be clean and free of contaminants such as food, plastic, metal or other trash. Use your curbside recycling bin or community drop-off programs to recycle paper products such as newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phone books, copy paper, file folders, cereal boxes, etc.
Contact Jodie Watson:
If you have any questions, would like to schedule a free professional organizing telephone consultation, or would like Jodie Watson to speak at your next corporate function, group meeting, social event, or retreat, call at (818) 590-7800. You can also contact Jodie on Facebook and Twitter or visit her website at Supreme Organization.