Another way to contribute to saving our planet is to reduce your trash. You can also reduce the amount of waste that you create by purchasing products with less packaging and making better choices in your daily life. Do not get in the mindset that this is all or nothing! Do what you can and feel comfortable with. Here are a few ways to reduce your trash:
Buy in bulk – one large box of cereal produces less waste than several small boxes (and it’s usually less expensive too).
Purchase products with the least amount of packaging – A bottle of vitamins packaged using a cellophane wrapper produces less waste than a bottle of vitamins packaged in a box. One large bag of potato chips produces less waste than the variety pack packaged as individual servings.
Bring your cloth shopping bag with you. I keep several in my trunk. If you do not bring a bag in with you and you are able to carry the items out, do so. My favorite line to the cashier is save the planet and don’t use plastic! I get strange looks, but oh well they will hear me sooner or later!
Use lunch boxes instead of brown bags when packing lunch. My co-workers will tell you about my big green lunch box. Make a statement and get a lunch box!
Opt to receive e-bills instead of paper bills, e-statements instead of paper statements, and pay your bills online instead of using checks and envelopes. (You save on postage).
Purchase products packaged with recyclable material – Purchase eggs in a paperboard carton instead of a Styrofoam one. This is huge! I then bring my egg cartons to the local egg farm and they reuse them! I go through four sixteen count cartons of eggs per week.
Avoid using disposable items such as paper plates, cups, eating utensils.
Purchase fresh fruits instead of canned fruits or those packaged as individual servings. If you have a Produce Junction nearby, try it!
Use products that are concentrated and use less packaging – concentrated fabric softener and detergent use less packaging than the regular.
Reduce your trash by purchasing items that are refillable or returnable. Staples offers rebates on used ink cartridges.
Use reusable gift bags instead of wrapping paper. My favorite!
Stop unwanted junk mail! Use the following link find steps you can take to keep from getting all that JUNK! http://www.dmachoice.org Give Your Mailbox a Makeover
Everything you do to recycle and reduce waste matters! Go Green!!