Simple Changes Can Make All the Difference

small.jpgI just returned from the International Home and Housewares Show. Not surprisingly, going green was a big part of the show. I was glad to see many of the suppliers putting forth the effort to support consumers in their attempts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. One small change can make a huge difference. There was a huge section at the show that concerned everyday goods and I had the chance to check it out. One of the smartest ideas I saw involved an ordinary trash can. Let me know if you do the exact same thing I’ve been doing…

I live in Portland, Oregon and we are pretty progressive when it comes to Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. My family and I recycle, but I must admit that we could be better at it. We are very good at recycling items from the kitchen and office areas of the house. The bathrooms?–not so much. It is primarily because we only have one small trash can in our bathrooms. When it comes time to empty them, I don’t generally sort through them and separate the contents. What I spotted at the show was a trash can (made of recycled plastic by the way) that had two compartments. One was for trash, one was for the recycled items. Viola! Problem solved. I’m going to keep an eye out in the stores for the trash can and then purchase one for each of our bathrooms. Until then, simply putting an additional trash can (one for true trash and the other for recyclable materials) will reduce the amount of goods we send to the landfills by quite a bit.

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