Michelle Morgan

Make reduce, reuse and recycle a part of your routine

“Reduce, reuse, recycle.” Most likely, you’ve heard that catchy phrase connected with information
about saving natural resources and even saving your family money. But how many of us really
make reducing, reusing and recycling a part of our everyday life?

At Gene Morgan Insurance Agency, we’re happy to say that we try to do our part to protect our environment and
use our resources wisely. Our agency has been paperless since 2012. And we’re hoping you’ll take the time – if you’re not already – to make reduce, reuse and recycle part of your daily routine. Depending on where you’re starting from, it may take a change in mindset, or maybe just a little more dedication. But these tips from the Environmental Protection Agency can help.

Reducing and reusing

  • Look for products that use less packaging. Companies use less raw material when
    they use less packaging, reducing waste and cost. This means that you can save money
    while helping to protect the environment. A great example (though it sounds at odds with
    “reduce”) is buying items in bulk.
  • Avoid disposable items. Take your own travel mug to the coffee shop, for instance, or
    bring real silverware to work for lunches, instead of using plastic.
  • Let technology help. New compact fluorescent light bulbs use far less energy than
    standard bulbs, and low-flow shower heads, coupled with aerators, can reduce your
    water use without you even noticing.
  • Invest in maintenance. When properly maintained, many items, such as appliances and
    clothing, won’t need to be replaced as frequently.
  • Don’t buy limited-use items. If you need something that you won’t use more than once
    or twice, such as a power tool, see if you can borrow or rent instead of buying.
  • Donate! When you’re done with an item, if it’s in good shape, consider donating it to a
    charitable organization that will sell it or continue using it. You just might get a tax
    deduction, too! And don’t forget, you can always buy used items as well.
  • Recycling isn’t just about putting your cans, bottles and newspapers into a bin, although that
    plays a big part. Here are some other things to consider.
  • Food waste: In many communities, food scraps and waste are collected along with yard
    waste and used for composting
  • Restaurants and grocery stores: Some establishments are beginning to offer separate
    bins for recyclable materials and food waste. Be sure to use these when available, and if
    your favorite place doesn’t offer this option, ask about it!

Though your actions may seem small, they do make a difference in our Bay Area community — and the world. And when they’re combined with the efforts of millions of others, the impact is
even bigger than you can imagine!

Contact Us!

At Gene Morgan Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while
at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just
give us a call at (925) 447-2565 or send us a note at contact@genemorganinsurance.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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