Reduce, REUSE, Recycle

reduce reuse recycleBy now most everyone is familiar with the concept of recycling — even if they don’t participate.  But there are two more arms of that familiar triangle: Reduce and Reuse.

Reduce means just that: use less of the things that end up in the landfill.  Sometimes reducing also includes reusing: reusable shopping bags for example.  We came across an interesting article with some helpful examples of how others are reducing consumption and reusing unwanted things.

Here’s an example:

At the height of the Great Depression, the manager of a Los Angeles dime store caught two small boys pocketing toys their families couldn’t afford. The Probation Department staff assigned to the boys’ case responded by opening the county’s first Toy Loan Center in a garage in Southwest L.A.

In recent years, the Toy Loan Program’s popularity has grown quickly alongside unemployment, with the number of centers in Los Angeles County more than doubling over the past decade.

It goes on from there.  Want to read this and the rest of these ideas? Visit this page by Yes! Magazine:

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