83. Rinse out containers before recycling.


We rinsed out a recyclable container from Dominos. It made the box fit much easier in our recycling box. 


It does feel a little disingenuous muddying healthy clean water then pouring it down a drain in order to make a recyclable container more recyclable. Maybe the better ‘rinse’ is done (gleefully) with a wagging tongue… Rex! Goldie! Lassie!


To help you ‘Rinse out containers before recycling,’ here’s a simple 2-step process:

  1. Grab a dry spatula
  2. Embrace the residue, that's food, too.

Your Future You wants you to rinse your current container to create a safe container for you to grow into a cleaner, fuller, and more whole-r you/container. Your Future You can barely contain its excitement, so make sure your excitement container is rinsed to recycle your excitement again and more.

P.S. - It’s been reported that Corporate Housing Companies help ‘Rinse out containers before recycling’ by providing *dishwashers*, because that's an easy (and furnished monthly). Maybe Pizza Hut could use reusable recyclable irresistible pizza box packaging for dishwasher safe living. Or maybe, at this point, we could also just dine in….

Why does this ‘Future You’ Series exist? What’s it about?  

  1. Promote easy, quirky sustainable practices that are NOT preachy, or guilt-ridden and without a focus on the ‘saving the planet’ (hint: the planet is going to survive no matter what we do). 

  2. A playful post of simple ways to sorta improve our lives, and the lives of those we love. Also improve our future lives… by taking playful action today. 

  3. Still reading? Cool. We think you’re amazing and full of joyful zest. 

This series is based off ‘105 Simple Sustainable actions’ - from Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.


83. Rinse out containers before recycling.

In order to properly recycle, make sure to rinse out containers before sorting into bins.