(plus a bonus one) for Waste Reduction
past 35 years, the amount of waste each person creates has almost
doubled from 2.7 to 4.4 pounds per day. The most effective way
to stop this trend is by preventing waste in the first place.
Families who reduce waste in the home help to protect the environment
by saving natural resources, energy, disposal space, costs, and
reducing pollution risks. Creating a smaller demand for
products will result in a decrease in production and the amount
of waste produced.
CUT DOWN AT THE SOURCE!
1. Stop junk mail & unwanted
free newspapers. Have your name and address removed from
mailing lists. Reducing the unwanted "stuff"
in your mail box can save you time as well as reduce waste.
banking and paperless statements. Most credit card companies
and banks will now offer "paperless statements" as
a way to reduce waste. Electronic statements will be sent
to you, via e-mail, to be downloaded directly to your personal
computer. On-line bill paying will save you money on stamps
and cut down on envelopes.
e-mails instead of letter and faxes whenever possible.
Send e-cards in place of paper-cards.
your own travel mug to the coffee shop. Some shops will
offer a discounted price when you provide your own container.
5. Don't use paper
products. Always use re-usable dishes and silverware.
Use cloth napkins and dish-towels instead of paper-towels, and
paper-napkins. In the event of buying paper products, always
buy recycling products such as tissues, kitchen rolls and toilet
rolls. Buying recycled products helps "close the recycling
loop" by putting the materials we collect through recycling
programs back to good use as products in the marketplace.
canvas or net tote bag when you shop. It eliminates the
need for the merchant's disposable paper or plastic bags.
No to Unnecessary Bags (SNUB). When buying only a few items,
tell the cashier "no thank you, I don't need a bag".
Buy in bulk. Buying products in bulk can save money while
reducing waste. Avoid individually wrapped portions.
Don't purchase cases of individual bottles of water or other
drinks such as Gatorade, juice, etc. Purchase larger volumes
and use durable re-usable bottles such as "The Nalgene Bottle".
everything you can at home and treat your garden to nutritious
soils. When mowing your lawns let cuttings fall; this is
called "grass cycling" it will feed the lawn and provide
you receive items packed in Styrofoam peanuts reuse then or check
with your local mailing/shipping stores, they will gladly accept
Adults: At the pub drink draught beer. Kegs are refilled
and can last for 30 years.