Going and Growing Green In Your Garden and Landscape

Tip #10 :
The New Fab Four -
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rebuy

Every day, millions of tons of waste materials are hauled away, buried, and burned in landscaping and gardening operations—trees, shrubs, brush, lumber, asphalt, fill dirt and concrete, to name a few.  Just think about the millions of gallons of water, pesticides, fuels, and oils in use each and every day. You don’t want to be a part of this tragedy, do you?  You can change your landscape to a "GreenScape" by paying attention the "4 Rs"—reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy, to reduce your landscape and garden costs and to help the environment.

Reduce  Producing less waste is the first and most important step toward GreenScaping. When planning a new landscape design or updating a current one, avoid products that require frequent replacement or regular maintenance.

Reuse  The second key component to environmentally beneficial landscaping is reuse.  Look for ways and products which prolong the useful life of tools and materials, thus delaying final disposal or recycling. Many things can be effectively reused without adding much time or energy.

Recycle  Recycling minimizes waste generation by making usable products from materials that might otherwise be disposed of, like  plastic containers, green trimmings, food scraps.   Composting is one of the best ways to recycle for landscapes and gardens.

Rebuy  Rebuying means to re-think your buying habits. Look for products that meet your needs but are more eco-friendly than what you may have used before.  One examples is buying recycled products, which are often sturdier than those made with new material, saving money and  natural resources over time.  Rebuying is the key to sustainable recycling markets, and it drives the development of technology that conserves resources and eliminates waste.

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