Going green is lot easier than you think. Though it may be impossible to monitor each move we make and the effect it has on our planet, taking a more conscious stand on our environment and how we treat it has its benefits. From eating healthier and cleaner, to saving time, money and energy, living our lives based on the Reduce, Recycle and Reuse mantra will encourage a simpler, less wasteful life. And like we said, it’s a lot easier than you think. Here are our tips for reducing, recycling and reusing to better our lives and our environments.

Reduce

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, making wodoo’ and washing dishes.
  • Stop all paper statements and use online banking and billing instead.
  • Fly with an electronic ticket.
  • Use cloth napkins over paper ones at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • When going grocery shopping, take your own cloth bag.
  • Turn off all lights, computers, TVs and radios when you’re not using them.
  • Take your coffee mug with you to the coffee shop each morning to avoid using paper cups.
  • Buy local. Whenever possible, buy from local farmers, support your local economy and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are transported.
  • Change your light bulbs from incandescent to new compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Carpool as much as you can. It saves energy and traffic.

Recycle
Most of our daily trash is organic, which is decomposable and will not have a negative effect on our environments and nature. However, what we should worry about are the non-decomposable items like glass, plastics and paper. If we recycle those items then we are helping reduce their production with new raw materials, saving the resources that would be used and reducing production pollution.

Here is one way to manage your recyclables: Donate them to one of the following NGO’s:

  • El Misbah El Mudii collects all recyclable non organic items directly from homes, schools and companies and brought to recycling centers. Email [email protected] or call 16093 for more.
  • RecycloBekia works in electronic waste recycling.
  • Resala can be reached at 19450 to recycle paper, old TVs and other electronics. They also accept any other donations to give away to the less fortunate like clothes, furniture, old toys, carpets, and kitchen utensils.
  • Support and follow up with APE, Association for the Protection of the Environment.
  • Support and follow up with Dawayer Team, an initiative saving Egypt from the pollution caused by burning rice straws. Dawayer processes the straws instead of burning. The result is a wood-like material ready for use of furniture.

Reuse
Reusing is something that you might find yourself doing already. Keeping your childhood memories in an old shoe box or saving gift ribbons to tie your hair is reusing things that you would have ordinarily thrown away. These little things do make a difference. If we look closely we might find ourselves re-buying things we could have easily re-purposed. Here are some of our favorite ways to reuse items we may want to throw away,

  • Use old jars for candles, jams, sauces and dressings.
  • Use glass and plastic bottles for flowers and plants.
  • Turn old frames into vintage trays by placing hard boards into the backs.
  • Compost your food scraps and build a garden with the soil you create.
  • Relieve puffy eyes and take a bath with used tea bags.
  • Cut up worn clothing and use as rags.
  • Use egg cartons as paint palettes for kids.
  • Use newspaper or paper bags as gift wrap.