NEW YEAR, NEW VOLUNTEER

I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions—I resolve to do things almost daily. But this year, I’ve got one– it’s to increase my sustainable behavior. It started by doing some rethinking. That took me right into a serious consideration of the “three R’s”, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. My change process ramped up when I began volunteering at Recycle Utah last spring. It’s an amazing educational experience for volunteers. I cannot tell you in 250 words all the recycling do’s and don’ts I have learned and passed on to others just from being on-site.

Already, my way of buying, using and throwing out stuff has swung toward green. I buy holiday gifts from local businesses, it’s amazing how much easier it is to choose from a smaller selection of items. Think local gifts of memberships or adventures. They wrap up with a tiny bit of paper or in an envelope and of course, they’re not “stuff.”

 I donate clothes for reuse instead of simply throwing them away. I drop off good items at the Recycle Utah Warehouse because I know that I’m keeping these items out of the landfill and the sale equals money to the organization. This supports their recycling efforts which are more important to me than having someone get a good deal on unneeded gifts. For many of us resolving to reduce-reuse-recycle starts with some rethinking. It can quickly take on a game-like quality, as you go about making as many sustainable choices you can.