According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash in 2012, with only about 87 million tons of that material making its way to the recycling bin. That means that, on average, each American created approximately 4.38 pounds of waste or trash per day -- which is, quite frankly, rather alarming.
Although frugality can’t solve every environmental problem that modern society has created, it’s a start. The little things add up.
For starters, reusing and repurposing old items instead of throwing them away means less trash in landfills, dumps, and waterways. Meanwhile, families who buy used items instead of new will inevitably throw away a lot less product packaging over the course of a lifetime. Trading used items around also means less energy used for production, packaging, and shipping for every item you don’t buy. And buying a cheap, fuel-efficient used car (or ditching it altogether in favor of a bike or public transportation) helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases.
The bottom line: Being frugal means consuming fewer of the planet’s resources, and that’s always a good thing.
by Holly Johnson Updated on Sep 27, 2019
photo by Susan O'Donnell