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Judy Helm Wright, of Missoula, Montana is a wise woman with a global message. As an author of over 20 books on Amazon, she writes about Responsibility, Respect & Resiliency.

Judy is a popular motivational speaker and has worked all over the world with families and groups just like yours.

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Reuse, Recycle and Use It Up - Too Much Stuff

Sep 24th 2010 at 5:33 PM

Even though Montana has been fairly lucky and has not felt the hard brunt of the recession like other states, we still know we need to recyle, reuse and use it up.  We are a state filled with green and we try to live green also.

This has been a hard time for people who had grown used to expecting good jobs, improving economy and a never ending supply of wants that were fulfilled easily and quickly.  All too soon, we have learned that there is a limited amount or resources, finances and supplies.

Too Much Stuff

The advice given to our grandparents in the Depression was Recycle, Reuse and use it up.  Our children need to understand that there is no such thing as "throwing something away."  Garbage and refuse stays with the earth long after it leaves the local garbage cans and junk yards.

According to the United Nations Environmental Program, each person in the Unites States generates nearly a trash heap weighing over a ton every single year.  it is almost impossible to comprehend that much "stuff" going to waste.

Recycle, Reuse and Use It Up Tips

  • Waste less.  It sounds so simple, but simply take what food you want, but eat what you take.  Save the rest for another meal.  Put it in reusable plastic or glass containers instead of Ziploc bags.
  • Anytime you are throwing something away think; "How could I have used this in another way?" Is it possible that someone else could make use of what you no longer need?  Then share.
  • Become familiar with recycled symbols when buying household product and support businesses that make these products whenever possible.
  • Recycle clothes and toys that are no longer being used to a local community center.
  • Conserve water. Install low-flow shower heads or take shorter showers.
  • Drive less. If it is five miles or less, ride a bike or take the bus.

Think Before You Buy

We consumers have a lot of power and sometimes we don't realize it.  When you buy a product like a household cleaning agent or paper from 100% virgin trees, you are enabling that company to keep doing it.

Think about whether a purchase is a need or a want.  If it is a need, will you still need it next week or will you be able to use it again and again?  If it is a want, will you still want it next week?

If all of society practiced recycle, reuse and use it up, we would be able to have more natural resources to go around for all.  We would also show respect to our Mother Earth.

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