logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Autism Spectrum Disorders: 4:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Living Simply Site

BellaOnline's Living Simply Editor

g

The Simple R's of Living Simply

Guest Author - Jill Florio

Reduce, reuse, recycle, renew, return - a guide to more ecological shopping. Ask yourself these questions every time you shop, whether in the mall, or online.

1. Recycle - Is this made from recycled materials? Can it be recycled when I am done with it? can it be composted? Or can I give it to a charity like Goodwill when I am done with it?

2. Reduce - Can I buy this item with less packaging - or even with no packaging - from somewhere else? Can I buy it in bulk, or in a condensed or powdered form (as with laundry detergent, for example)?

3. Reuse - Can I buy this used? Look into thrift stores, on Craigslist.org or on eBay. Along these lines, often a solid wood antique dresser will cost less money and give you an appreciating asset in the long run, than will buying from Pottery Barn.

4. Renew - Can I fix my old item? Leather repair shops can fix your quality leather jackets, purses and shoes.

5. Retail - Is this business worth supporting? Do they have green principles? Do they practice fair trade? Do they donate profits to charity? Can I buy this locally instead?

6. Right Product - Is this a quality item that I can use, repair and enjoy for a long time? Or is this made to be disposed of? Along these lines, you have permission to buy a high quality, expensive item (like a Coach Handbag) if you will care for it properly and use it until it falls to pieces.

7. Really - As in, "do I really need this?" Maybe you are just bored and are using shopping as a pick-me-up. Remember that every new thing you own will require its own care and storage.

8. Return - If you do decide to buy something, save your receipt. Once you go home, you can always return the product if you experience "buyer's remorse" later. Don't toss anything into the trash if you can help it - at least if the product is returned, someone else might buy the item, maybe on clearance, and that keeps it out of the landfill.


The Three R's: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle (What Do You Know About? Books)


Kangaroom Recycle Bags, Set of 2
Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to Twitter Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to Facebook Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to MySpace Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to Del.icio.us Digg The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to Yahoo My Web Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to Google Bookmarks Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to Stumbleupon Add The+Simple+R%27s+of+Living+Simply to Reddit




Living Simply - Improve Your Life with Less Clutter
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Living Simply Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Jill Florio. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Jill Florio. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Tina Razzell for details.

g


g features
Simple Harvest and Thanksgiving Decorations

Why We Buy Too Much

Practicing Daily Gratitude

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor