April 5th, 2011
By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now
Recycling is often the first thing that comes to mind when people consider greening their lifestyle. Kicking those cans, and milk jugs and newspapers, to the curb can put a dent in the trash and save natural resources.
But “reducing” and “reusing” also can have a big impact. Reducing packaging, for instance, can circumvent the need for a product altogether. And reusing can result in some elegant re-imaginings that help conserve resources by re-purposing, shifting or extending the lifespan of an item.
And, of course, reusing, by definition, also reduces. That’s what’s so great about it; there’s the joy of discovery as you breathe new life into something that would have otherwise decayed in an attic or landfill, and there’s the fun of discovery and refurbishing.