Can fruit peels, soapy water, and mailing labels help you be more eco-friendly? Absolutely!
捨てないで! (“Don’t throw it away!) Living an eco-friendly might seem time-consuming, a great big hassle, or very expensive. While those things can be true, there are actually many simple ways to reduce waste. Last month we talked about 3 Ways to Reuse Rice Water. This month we will see how 3 simple tricks can help you live an eco-friendly life without spending a single yen (or penny, or pence) or losing an extra second!
Today’s tips come from Junko (ありがとう！). Full-Japanese born in Tokyo, she married at 24 and moved to the US with her husband and three young children at age 33. The next three children were born in the US, and out of the six, three now reside in Japan (one happens to be the writer of a Japanese lifestyle and culture blog, hm!). With an (almost) empty nest, Mama and Papa currently enjoy retirement life infused with the best of wafuu and West.
Eco-Friendly Outlook: Think Twice!
Junko: “I always think twice before throwing away anything. I particularly try not to waste water. I was trained by [my mother]!”
Junko’s mother, born during the Taisho Era (大正時代 1912-1926), lived through World War II and afterwards, she worked hard and economized in order to raise her large family. She is currently 99 and has enough clean, reusable plastic food containers and Häagen Dazs cups to open a container store.
Eco-Friendly Tip #1
“…[U]se used tea bags, orange peels, used dryer sheets etc. to wipe away greasy dishes and pans before washing them.”
What a great tip. Not only do you make the most of your orange peels, but also you save on water and dish soap and leave your dishes smelling like citrus!
Eco-Friendly Tip #2
“…[R]inse dishes over other soapy dishes so that the water falls on them to save water.”
It’s easy to forget in a first-world country that water is precious, but 29% of the world does not have access to clean drinking water. Let’s make a little water go a long way.
Eco-Friendly Tip #3
“[U]se excess free address labels (or anything with a sticky side) to pick up crumbs and hair off the floor.”
Another smart idea. Keep your floors cleaner while making it worth the mailman’s while to deliver free stickers (or is that thinking too deeply?).