On the reduction front, I have reduced the number of restaurant meals we consume. I had often said "Saturday is take-out night" and declared the night off. After a bit of reflection, that seemed wasteful and expensive. Especially since my kids still seemed to end up eat peanut butter, cheese, and fruit. Running out for take-out is not all that easy with two small kids anyway. I have replaced it with "crock pot night". Beef stew with homemade muffins has been a big hit.
Reuse has been an area where I've made the most progress. I'm keeping wine corks in a jar so that I can glue them together to make coasters. The idea was sparked by a handmade birdhouse I saw at a train display (Olbrich Gardens) -- it was made entirely from wine corks. Now I don't drink much wine, so this will be a slow moving project. I also noticed that the cardboard backing that had come with posters we bought our kids for Christmas (yes, we just got around to actually putting them in a frame and on the wall) would be a great canvas for painting. They are set aside waiting for a warm summer day....and paint.
On the recycling front, I plan to replace some of our bedroom pillows in the next month. And instead of tossing the old ones in the trash as I have done in the past, I will set them aside to donate at our local animal rescue / humane society. I had seen this idea posted months ago on Facebook. What a great way to get additional life out of old pillows. Now I just need to manage a drop off without adopting another cat.
How about you? Have you been able to up the effort on reduction, reuse or recycling? Other readers would enjoy your input.
And yes, I am recycling this video link. Jack Johnson makes the 3 Rs delightful. Enjoy.