of four wouldn't want to save $3,000 a year by smart, eco-friendly
shopping? Think in these terms: ten cents of every shopping dollar
is used to pay for packaging; products that can be reused are
cheaper in the long run; and goods that are designed to last
a long time also cost less in the long run. Here are a few ways
to save you - and the planet:
* Buy cereal
and snacks in large boxes instead of individual serving sizes.
* If you must
buy bottled water, buy a large plastic jug when possible, instead
of small bottles. Reuse plastic water bottles (if they're clean,
they're safe), and recycle what you can't reuse.
* Use rechargeable
batteries in toys, flashlights, radios. You can save $200 a year
in one cd player used two hours a day.
* Use cloth
diapers instead of disposable diapers. You'll save $600 per child
by using a laundry diaper service instead of disposable diapers.
* Use a real
camera instead of disposable ones. If you take 24 pictures each
month you will save $144 each year.
* Save $260
each year on paper towels and napkins. Switch to cloth napkins,
* Use washable
plates, cups, and silverware for parties and picnics.
* Use a hand
razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors.
* Buy high
quality/long life tires. They cost less per mile traveled.
* Clean and
service your appliances, computers, tools, and cars so that they
will enjoy longer lives.
sharing equipment that is used infrequently such as hedge clippers,
or chain saws.
look for products that are made from - or packaged in - recycled
Recycle. It saves you - it saves the planet!
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