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5 Facts About Garbage That Will Make You Cut Waste

facts about garbageIsn’t it staggering that Americans produce over 254 million tons of trash each year yet only recycle 87 million of it? That comes out to 4.4 pounds of trash each day (per person) or 1,606 pounds each year!

That’s not all because there are five other facts about garbage that will come as a shock. These are guaranteed to have people double thinking about what they throw out and start their journey seeking tips for reducing household waste.

5 Dirty Facts About Garbage (That’ll Have You Cutting Waste)

There are a few, dirty facts about garbage everyone should know besides it being stinky and messy. What’s thrown out has a substantial impact on the health and well-being of the population in ways that don’t always come to mind.

1. Ocean blues

More than 215 million metric tons of plastics ended up in the ocean in 2010. A large part of this being plastic bottles and shopping bags. These become “misplaced” items or illegally dumped. Plastics in the ocean cause contamination in the food supply. The contamination ends up on the dinner menu.

2. It’s here for a long, long time

How long will garbage stay in the landfill and environment?

  • Glass: 1,000,000+ years
  • Plastic bottles: 1,000+ years
  • Aluminum: 80-100 years
  • Diapers: 250-500 years
  • Paper: 2-6 weeks
  • Food: 1-6 months

For other common trash? The list (and years) goes on.

3. Throwing away money

Americans spend more on waste removal than school books, libraries, fire protection, and parks & rec! The World Bank estimates that annual global costs of solid waste management will reach $375 billion by 2025, with America being a leader in this spending.

Costs for waste management goes toward:

  • Vehicle fleets
  • Employees
  • Collection
  • Landfills
  • Composting
  • Incineration
  • Local, state, and federal fees

It all adds up!

4. It’s a killer (really)

The most common way to get rid of trash at a landfill is by burning it.

The problem with burning is that garbage gives off dioxins. Dioxins are persistent environmental pollutants (POPs) that cause cancer. POPs also cause reproductive problems, immune system damage, and messes with hormones.

Dioxins find their way into the atmosphere after burning and eventually settled back into the ecosystem when it rains. The vegetation becomes contaminated with these dioxins which are then eaten by animals and end up on dinner plates.

There’s no easy way to avoid dioxins due to consumption habits and the waste people produce. Yet, a balanced diet will help a bit.

5. Not all toys for tots

Although American kids make up only 3.1% of the global child population, the States contributes 40% of the world’s consumption of toys. Children outgrow their love of toys which means more for the landfill. Fortunately, there are international charities that accept toy donations to distribute throughout the world.

It’s a hard pill to swallow knowing the waste created by American families. Especially since child labor remains commonplace in countries that produce toys bought in America.

Feeling uncomfortable about these facts about garbage that you’ve made throughout the years. Need a simple (effective) solution?

Remember the Three R’s

The three R’s are:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle

Take part in consuming less and find ways to reuse everyday items. Send items to the recycling bin when they apply. If everyone contributes and understands the facts about garbage then this world will be a greener, brighter place for future generations.

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I can never seem to find enough storage containers when it come to put things away! Either I have more lids or more containers! I am glad these are at a HUGE price drop right now! Get this Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage Container, 42-piece Set, Red for only $9.95! Regular price on these is $23.38! Hurry and get yours now!

  • Lids snap together and to container bases so you can always find the right lid
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  • One lid fits multiple bases
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Frugal Tips & Tricks for Getting Your Backyard Ready for Summer Fun!

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Frugal Tips & Tricks for Getting Your Backyard Ready for Summer Fun!

Summer is just about here which means is your backyard ready for summer fun? Just as we spring clean inside the house, we can often neglect the outside especially our backyard. That picture is of my brother’s yard and his wife does a wonderful job of maintaining it. It’s absolutely gorgeous with all the landscaping and her pool. She also uses many frugal tips to help get her yard and pool ready each summer for outdoor entertaining!

I was extremely fortunate to interview Sarah Saucedo from Thrifty Decor Chick Blog! She has amazing tips and I also have embedded a video of our phone interview below! She is such a sweetheart and she also has a gorgeous house with many of the projects that she did herself including her own backyard!

Sprucing up your outdoor space doesn’t have to break the bank. I have done very small things like nice outdoor planters with plants that need very little maintenance. Also, learn which plants are right for your area and if you have a certain amount of sun or shade. The front of my house gets lots of shade so I planted cast iron plants, holly ferns, and for color caladiums. Very easy to grow and they multiply. It’s pretty but I’m not out in the hot sun slaving away in my yard. I only have to do some pruning and dividing (cast iron plants will multiply) about twice a year.

Simple things can make a HUGE difference like spray paint or just cleaning! Watch this amazing video to learn more of her great tips!

Some of Sarah’s tips will include:

  • Maintain what you already have – find out how to keep your existing outdoor furniture looking fresh and new all season long, how to remove clutter effectively and maintain your area
  • Set the mood – décor doesn’t have to be expensive. Sarah will teach you how to use lighting and cheap table settings to up the festivity level
  • Let outdoor items perform double duty – use planters as food stations, buckets at fire places, and other creative fixes to maximize space and function
  • And much, much more!

TMR Frugal Living Tip #94

Today’s thrifty living tip is to hang your laundry using a clothesline or a laundry line. I have two metal posts outside that I use for my clothesline. Inside the house, I have a thick long chain on hooks which runs the length of my wash room. I do have a long wash room.

I can use the inside line when the weather is too rainy or cold to hang laundry outside. Hanging laundry helps to save electricity or natural gas, and I also find it puts less wear on my dryer. I have had the same dryer since 1997! I do use my dryer, but I hang laundry as much as I can.

Worried about wrinkles or clothes are too stiff, then just throw them in the dryer for a few minutes to help soften them. I prefer my towels to be stiff as I find they absorb the water more after I bathe. I just love how my sheets smell in the fresh air.

Do you hang your laundry?

 

 

 

 

TMR Frugal Living Tip #91

oxycleanToday’s thrifty living tip is to use OxiClean to get out old stubborn stains. I used to sell clothes that I would buy and resell on Ebay. I came across clothes that would have set-in stains which is hard to get out. I would make a paste of OxiClean with a little water in a plastic bowl and just spread a little onto the stain. I used this on colored clothes, and it never left bleach stains. I used the regular OxiClean since the color safe version didn’t exist. I would let it sit for 30 minutes and just throw it in the washer. It always got out the stains.

I also used another trick for whites and light pastel colors. I would boil water and pour into one of those plastic tubs (the free ones from the hospital), and dissolve 1 tbs of OxiClean before adding the stained parts of the garments. I didn’t leave too long in this mixture, and usually let the garments soak for about 10-20 minutes. I made this batch when I had several garments, and the water stayed hot for a while. It was extremely rare for neither process to remove a stain.

I still like the other stain removers for new stains, but this Oxiclean method was the best I found for removing old or set-in stains. What is your method of removing old stains from clothing?

TMR Frugal Living Tip #88

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Today’s thrifty living tip is to use baby wipes to spot clean your clothes. I know they have the Tide fabric wipes, but baby wipes do the same job and cost less to buy. Baby wipes are very effective at cleaning up spilled food or drink. I keep a small pack of wipes in my purse. They have the hard case or you can buy the small pack of samples. I also receive free wipe samples from time to time in the mail. My little one is a tween, but I still keep a box of baby wipes in my house to use for many things as they are so versatile. You can even use them as makeup remover especially for your eyes.