When I grew up life was simple - we reduced, reused and recycled all the time. We just did not know that we were doing it.
We reduced by gardening, canning and raising our own animals. We had a milk cow; Mum made butter from the cream and baked all her own bread and baked goods. We had chickens and pigs. They provided us with eggs and meat. So a trip to the grocery store was rare indeed.
We had a compost and there was no curb side garbage pick up so it made us think twice about what went into the garbage can.
We reused - We cleaned with cloths that you washed and used again. I do not even remember a paper towel roll in the house.The cloths hung on the line and smelt fresher and cleaner than any additive that you could put in your laundry now a days to make your cloths smell so fine. And new cloths were some thing you got once a year to start the new school year. Other than that you got hand me downs from the neighbours or the salvation army!
We recycled everything! Only we did not call it that - we called it being frugal and being poor. We could not afford to replace things each time we got tired of our possessions.
Now I realize that we can not all have chickens in the back yard, nor a milk cow at our disposal. But there are great ways to compost, do upright gardening and create a small "farm" environment at home. It can be done. We just have to believe that we can do it. And you know what - our kids would benefit so much from learning about how to grow your own food, how to can ( it really is not that hard) how to compost-indoors with a worm factory!
So I say you can do it ! It really is easy - and our kids are up for - Growing up Green!