Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

5 Simple Ways to Live More Sustainably

We all know how important it is to reduce, reuse, and recycle to limit our impact on the environment. But it’s easy to forget how everyday actions can make a difference for the planet. So, what are some simple things to do to make your everyday routine more eco-friendly? We have five ways to live more sustainably today.

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Donations box

Use less water
One of the easiest ways to make a positive, eco-friendly difference around your home is by conserving clean water. Even if you don’t live in an area affected by drought, cutting back on the amount of water you use reduces waste and can lower your monthly utility bill. Start simple: turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, switch to a water efficient shower head, and water outdoor plants in the morning when you’ll need less water.

Go paperless
Technology today has made it possible to reduce the amount of paper we needlessly waste. Whenever possible, try to go digital instead of printing. Ask for paperless billing from your bank, use e-tickets for movies and events, and scan documents into your computer instead of printing multiple copies. You’ll reduce excess clutter and save a few trees in the process!

Prevent plastic waste
Millions of pounds of single-use plastic waste are generated each year, but only a small percentage ever gets recycled. Plastic pollution frequently ends up in our planet’s oceans, which in turn harms animals and damages coastlines. Fortunately, there are easy ways to reduce your plastic use. For example, bring a reusable bag to the grocery store and use reusable straws and water bottles instead of plastic.

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Reduce air pollution
Air pollution is harmful to our lungs and the environment. If you live in a city with public transit, try to use it frequently. Or, combine trips and carpool with family or friends to reduce emissions and save money on gas. When possible, walk or bike to nearby destinations to avoid making unnecessary car trips.

Give a new life to used items
Do you have clothes and household goods that you no longer want, use, or need? Don’t throw them away – donate them! When you throw away reusable items such as clothing, they end up sitting in landfills where they take a long time to break down. Not only is this bad for the environment, but there are many people who can use these items, even if you don’t want them anymore. The next time you clean out your closet or garage, ditch the dumpster and donate your gently used items to your local Goodwill where they’ll be given a new life and a new purpose.

It’s never too early or too late to begin living more sustainably, and donating to Goodwill is a great place to start. We know that life is busy. That’s why Ohio Valley Goodwill makes donating your gently used clothing, household goods, electronics, and even your vehicle as simple as possible with retail stores and donation centers in and around Greater Cincinnati.

By donating to Ohio Valley Goodwill, not only are you committing to environmental sustainability, but you’re also making a greater difference in your community! Your gently-used items will be sold at affordable prices to neighbors who can use them. Then, the proceeds from the sale of your goods help fund Goodwill’s job training and employment services for individuals with disabilities and local veterans. It all adds up to a positive impact for you, the planet, and your community! Find a retail store or attended donation center near you  to make a donation today.