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With the start of the New Year, many people will be looking to turn over a new leaf. By and large, personal health in the way of fitness is the number one goal for many making New Year’s resolutions; however, environmental health is important as well and deserves some attention. Perhaps you’ve already begun your journey of protecting the planet by recycling, but want to know how you can do more. I’ve included a few tips below to help.


  1. Educate Yourself
    The most important thing you can do to improve your recycling habits to learn more about it. Be able to answer questions about why people recycle and the impact of waste on the planet. The more you know about what you’re doing the more likely you are to be passionate about recycling, and vigilant about your overall actions with regard to environmental health.
  2. Get Organized
    There are a lot of recyclable materials, most namely paper, cardboard, glass, and plastic. While it is helpful to start by putting this stuff to this side in a separate container, if your goal is to become a recycling pro, better organizing the materials is the necessary next step. For some ideas, see the image below:

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  3. Reduce Waste
    In the spirit of saving the planet, work to reduce waste altogether, not just to recycle. Cut down on the use of things like paper towels or constantly running water. Work to conserve the energy in your home and use things only as they are necessary, working toward a goal of sustainability as much as recycling.
  4. Think Outside The Box
    Everything doesn’t have to go in the trash. Think about reusing first. Perhaps there are bottles and glass products which can serve as other things around the home, like this pop bottle greenhouse. One thing to note, however, when it comes to reusing certain plastic products designed for disposal, is that it may not always be healthy. Chemicals like BPA can break down in the product and enter your system through drinking and eating. Other than that, get creative about reusing old things instead of discarding them.