- Buy items with little or no packaging, in bulk and concentrate.
Plates & Utensils
- Use real plates and silverware instead of disposable ones
- Reuse glass jars and plastic food tubs to store leftovers.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
- Recycling paper, cardboard, cans and bottles will help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfills.
- Buy recycled paper products.
Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposal units
- Garbage disposals require lots of water to operate properly, and also add to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to maintenance problems. Instead, compost food waste.
- Use cloth rags for drying hands and spills and cloth napkins for meals instead of disposable napkins.
Start a compost pile
- Composting all organic waste (food scraps, etc.) will help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with landfills and will make your garden and lawn healthier.
Paper or Plastic?? Neither!
Receive Less Junk Mail!
- Learn how to get off mailing lists at DMAConsumers.org.
- Find a new home for old catalogs and magazines. Drop them off at your local hospital, nursing home, gym, etc.
- Stop unwanted catalogs. Do your shopping online. Call the unwanted catalogs and ask them to remove your name from the mailing list. An online service, Catalog Choice, allows you to compile a list of catalogs you do not wish to receive, and arranges to have your name removed from the corresponding mailing lists. This is a free service. www.catalogchoice.org.
Cool Recycling Tool--Check this out!
- iWARM (Individual WAste Reduction Model) helps you identify the energy saved by recycling small quantities of common household products, rather than landfilling them. The energy savings are translated into the equivalent amount of electricity, estimating how long that amount of electricity will operate a variety of household appliances.