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Our Top 10 Things to Do for 40 Days

By Recyclebank |

Habits are made in short time periods, but can last a lifetime. Here are ten super simple habits to make.

Dear Recyclebank,

I’d like to do something for the environment for the 40 days of Lent. Any suggestions?

-Matt, Worcester, MA


Dear Matt,

Forty days is a good chunk of time to develop a habit, so it’s a great opportunity to try out any of a number of small things that could wind up becoming your new norm — and making a big difference long term. Here are our top ten simple, everyday changes we recommend trying out:

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid disposable cups — this might mean bringing your reusable mug to the coffee shop, but it’s worth it.
  • Turn off the lights in every room but the one you’re in.
  • Use your reusable grocery bags!
  • Rinse out your recyclables before tossing them in the bin.
  • Recycle the oft-forgotten items, like shampoo bottles and straw papers.
  • Lower your thermostat a few degrees (and invest in layering instead).
  • Eat all your leftovers.
  • Buy local food and goods.
  • Go vegetarian for one day of the week.

Have other super-simple changes to recommend? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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  • karen y. 3 years ago
    I started a free household goods and clothing shop at my house. its only by word of mouth but I get soo much stuff, and then donate whats left to big brothers big sisters.
  • james and Ella Mae j. 6 years ago
    Great info
  • Dawn T. 6 years ago
    recycle things like containers food comes in. make crafts out of recycle material. donate clothes to thrief store
  • kristy b. 6 years ago
    For this lent season my family gave up eating out and I gave up soda. I never thought about it helping the earth for every soda I don't drink that's on less plastic bottle around and way less fast food trash.
  • Chase k. 6 years ago
    tea composite too for any one use for culvating vegatables its good natural composite
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