While the three "Rs", which include reduce, reuse and recycle are still the goal when it comes to keeping the environment as green as possible, it's best to apply the “reduce” advise to decrease your carbon footprint on the planet. Reusing and recycling are both great too but your best contribution will be in the form of reducing.
Try to think of ways that you can cut down on the amount of waste you use in your home. This means that there will be less effort put towards producing the materials that you use. You can get creative with your reducing efforts by turning to alternative recreational activities, for example. If you plan a picnic along with a daylong hike for your family instead of going to the movies and purchasing food there, you'll end up reducing the waste and at the same time you'll have more money in your pocket at the end of the day. Reducing is the best method available for contributing to a greener planet.
When you reuse materials in your home, you'll be one step up in the game. You can reuse, share or repurpose many household items that you have in your home. You can also donate them to a thrift store so that they can be reused by another family.
Recycling can help keep the communities and the city of Calgary remain cleaner as a whole, but it still takes energy to recycle materials and there can be harmful byproducts left behind in some cases. Even when you purchase recycled products, there was a factory behind the scenes that was using fuel to convert the materials. At the end of the day, the recycled goods that you buy will probably end up in a landfill at a future time.
The ultimate goal is to keep the amount of items that end up in a landfill to a bare minimum. Look around the house and figure out creative ways that you can do more to recycle and reuse your household items. Best of all, talk to your family about reducing the amount of waste in your household and make a commitment towards doing it. As your children grow older, they too will pass the message on to their peers and eventually their own small children.