There is a way to keep reusable items out of the landfill and manage waste. Donate for sustainability and give your old items a new home.
go This is the eighth article in the Sustainable Life Series, where we will explore the many ways you can live a sustainable life on a budget, no matter where you currently live. This mindset has many applications for the Prepared-Homesteading-Survivalist as we find ways to live life to the fullest on our homesteads, conserve resources every day, and how we prepare for emergencies.
Items to Donate
If you have items in your home that you simply can’t use but are still in usable condition, try donating them. You can donate all kinds of items to local charities including:
• Baby items
• Decorative items
Not only will you give these items a chance for a new home, you’ll be able to benefit a local charity. Look for a cause that you can really believe in. Local thrift shops benefit causes such as domestic abuse shelter and prevention, disease prevention, homeless shelters, and food pantries.
You may also want to consider getting rid of items using online lists such as Craigslist. You can give items away for free or even try to make a little money for them. Either way, you’re benefiting the environment by keeping items out of the landfill.
You may think that nobody would want some of your old items, but you’d be surprised what someone else may think about your “junk”. The saying, ”one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is absolutely true.
Keeping Earth Clutter-Free
One of the greatest threats to the planet’s health is waste and trash. Landfills are getting full and in the United States, trash is often collected and taken by barge to other countries. It’s critical for the health of our planet that we manage how much we are using and throwing away.
Taking steps to reduce what you buy, reuse what you have, and recycle as many other items as possible is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of Earth. It may take a lifestyle change, but these practices can become routine.
You’ll find that limiting your consumption can also make you feel free from clutter. Many people collect items and all that clutter can make you feel disorganized and can make it difficult to keep things clean.
You can also save a lot of money when you take a break from consuming new items and look for ways to reuse items. That money can be used to get or stay out of debt, pay for future education expenses, or purchase more environmentally friendly items. Not only can you help to save the planet, you can also rescue your bank account.
Other articles in the Sustainable Life Series:
Making a Sustainable Life Plan
Why Choose a Sustainable Lifestyle
Sustainable living 101: What to Expect from Sustainability
Sustainable living tips: Small Choices that Make a Big Impact
Making Sustainable Living Fun
Getting Rid of Toxic Waste: Keeping Poisons out of the Landfill
Recycle: Sustaining the Earth by Managing Waste
Donate: Sustaining the Earth by Managing Waste
Reuse: Sustaining the Earth by Managing Waste
Reduce: Sustaining the Earth by Managing Waste
Reducing Dependence on Energy in your Home
Waste Not, Want Not Producing and Conserving Energy in your Home
Reduce Transportation Energy