Be Earthwise


Reuse/ Recycle/ Repurpose

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose
Make Reuse, Recycle and Repurpose Work for You

Isn’t it un-American to reject bigger is better and shop ’til you drop?

There’s no denying the instant gratification that comes from impulsive purchases, buying something special or cashing in on a “buy one get one free” bargain. But that 20th century mindset has paradoxically produced stressed out Americans living in clutter, overwhelmed by what to do with so much stuff we don’t use. 

De-stress with less

Instead of buying new stuff you don’t need, save your money using the three R’s:

Go on-line for inspirational repurposing ideas


Alternative for items you can’t recycle, reuse or repurpose at home


If you don’t need it, don’t buy it!

On average, Americans throw away more than 4 pounds of trash every day; 20 pounds a month of that is food waste. The food waste alone amounts to $1,365 - $2,275 a year of lost money for a 4 person family. Once you declutter your home, consider a new approach to shopping; if you don’t need it, don’t buy it.



Collaborative Consumption

Citizen Action

The League of Women Voters has focused successfully for almost 100 years to engage citizens at the national, state and local levels to make democracy work. Every voice counts. If you have an idea for improving how your community addresses the environment, contact the League of Women Voters and ask for an introduction to a League member with whom to discuss your idea.

Does your community have an environmental committee? These committees can tackle local goals. Examples include a plastic bag ban, minimizing food waste or other post-consumer waste, or instituting a local service that accepts donations of food or goods to benefit people in the community.

Don’t miss this song. In the words of singer/songwriter Nick Kello, “The Earth gives us everything we’ll ever need. If we take care of it, we will succeed.” Listen to the lovely Earth Song by Nick Kello and behold the images of our beautiful planet.

Congratulations for getting to this point of Be Earthwise

Streamlining personal possessions can inspire change that lasts. Add up how much money you saved through buying less, using the three R’s and resales/donations. Consider using a small portion of what you saved to plant a tree; pay it forward. Take time to enjoy nature; or just sit quietly and smell the flowers. 

What issues do you want to learn more about? What citizen solutions have you found to be most successful? Write to us at:                 
Have you signed the Be Earthwise pledge?  If not, Take the Be Earthwise Pledge.

Thank you for being Earthwise. Every day. Please share this with your family and friends, and the people in your network.  Ask them to do the same. Together, we can make democracy work.

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