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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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  • tommy b. 9 days ago
  • Mary P. 23 days ago
    metal straw make your drink so cold, they are great.
  • NAncy Lee B. 1 month ago
    How about an article on those annoying plastic coffee plugs stores are now showing in your cups as they are not allowing reusables here anymore - which hopefully changes
  • Susan M. 1 month ago
    All great ideas that we practice every day.
  • PC M. 1 month ago
    This is all great stuff and thing that we all do in our household. Except, do ya think that I can get others in the home to turn off those lights when not in use?...Grrrr, Gotta love em!
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