America the Beautiful; Land of the Free, Home of the Wasteful
Let’s face it, Americans are wasteful in numerous ways. From excessive food waste, to pure laziness when it comes to sorting trash and recycling, the U.S. of A is contributing to many problematic issues. We turn a blind eye to the Pacific Garbage Patch, insane fossil fuel addiction, and extreme water waste.
However, there is a way to start to make a difference. We can apply change to our lives, by living off the grid, the trash grid that is!
If recycling is not ingrained in your day to day life yet, making the transition is surprisingly easy. Lauren Singer from New York is a prime example of living off the trash grid. Through careful shopping choices, a conscious mindset, and a long term plan Lauren has managed to fit all of her trash for two years into one small mason jar.
Here’s a list of items that should always be recycled:
Check out the recycling section of the EPA’s website for additional helpful tips and a step-by-step recycling guide. If you are having trouble where to locate a place to recycle certain items, turn to this handy recycling locator by Recycle Now.