Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Instead of pitching things in the trash, look to do the following:
Reduce - Reduce the amount of garbage you create.
Reuse - Choose to use things that have a long shelf life, or can serve another purpose after their first use.
Recycle - If 1 and 2 aren't an option--recycle.
Green Paper Tips
Every day we use paper--to communicate, to create, to clean. Paper use has a direct connection with global warming because paper comes from trees, and most paper in the United States today comes directly from wood, rather than recycled sources. Every tree that goes into paper is one less tree capturing carbon and providing habitat for wildlife.
Reducing Unwanted Catalogs
The National Wildlife Federation, Ecology Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council have launched a free online service that will help consumers take control of mailbox clutter, simplify their lives and protect the environment from unnecessary waste.
Modern living is filled with electronic gadgets. Cell phones are practically a standard accessory, computers aid in jobs and PDAs are a "must-have." While the high-tech industry has a relatively "green" reputation compared to some other industries, there are many environmental impacts of these devices. Metals are mined, minute parts are treated by chemicals. These devices have limited life spans and are difficult to recycle because they are made from many different materials.
Salvaging and Reusing Wood
Unlike plastic, which once formed is quite inflexible in how it may be reused, wood has incredible potential for re-use.