If each person used 2%-10% less each day it would make
a dramatic impact on landfills!
Look for minimized packaging, check
product-to-package ratio and buy the lighter weight,
less complicated package. Shop in bulk, use concentrates
& refillable to reduce the amount of package waste.
What can an item be used for after you're
done with it -- resale value, hand-me-down, other
adaptive reuse. Try not to buy predetermined
trash, choose products with a second life.
Can you lease, rent or borrow it, rather
than buy it? Do you really need it? How resourceful
and creative can you get?
Always keep a shopping bag handy;
in a briefcase, purse, car or truck, backpack
(even a used plastic bag will do) and when shopping,
pull it out before your sale is completed. Let everyone
know you brought your own bag.
Use a store bag if you can not carry
the items comfortably. One item in one bag is a shameful
display of waste.
Reduce corporate sponsorships, consider
the advantages of buying products produced in your
Reduce your use of disposables, including
nylons, take-out food containers, pens, razors, paper
Use biodegradable cleaners, to lower
the amount of harmful chemicals released in our environment.
Can it be repaired? Can it be upgraded?
Does it have a good warranty? Is it well-made and
sturdy? Is it classically designed? Buy quality and
you will replace less often.
Lower your garbage can's volume, compost
Examine products' energy efficiency
-- look for energy-rating stickers on large appliances.
Make sure "instant on" features can be turned
off. Select replaceable rechargeable batteries in
small appliances and use a solar charger. Consider
a mechanical, human-powered model. Unplug items not
in use. It may only be your toaster oven, but they
add up when you consider your neighbors and his/her
neighbors and etc.
Reduce your energy use (and bill) by
using a light bulb that has higher wattage than needed.
You can also save energy and money by installing more
efficient, compact fluorescent bulbs and turning them
off when you're not in the room.
Most items can be used again and again or for other
purposes. Get creative and save money.
Take your own re-usable bag with you
to the supermarket.
Buy goods in refillable containers e.g.
washing powders etc.
Donate rather than dump - yard sales,
charity shops, etc.
Consider using renewable energy sources,
contribute to the funds and companies that make an
effort to use new/alternatvie resources from wind,
water, and solar power.
Buy products that have been made from
recycled products as often as you can.
Shop at second hand stores, there are
deals to be found!
When shopping by mail, phone or online,
tell them you do not want to be added to their paper
mail list. Find out if they will rent or sell your
name to such list.
Use scrap paper as note pads. The back
of envelops have lots of white space to make lists.
Buy used books when you can. Many of
the online book sellers now have a used section.
Save old jars to use for glasses, zip-closed
plastic baggies can be washed out and used time and
Use rechargeable batteries whenever
Be creative and think twice before you
throw something away. It may have hidden uses.
Remember when you say, "Just throw it away."
There is no Away!
Recycling saves the earth's resources
- every ton of recycled glass saves over a ton of
raw materials and over 30 gallons of oil.
Recycling saves energy - recycled
aluminum cans saves 95% energy required to extract
natural resources and make a new one.
Recycling helps conserve the environment
- e.g. reduces the need to mine raw materials limiting
the impacts of mineral extraction on landscape.
Most local authorities provide collection
area for recyclable materials - paper, glass, cans,
textiles, plastics, cardboards, oil.
From newspaper, to egg cartons, to
organic materials such as leaves and yard clippings,
lots of things can be recycled. Even coffee grounds
can be used as fertilizer for some plants. Think
before you toss it away.
If you buy plastic, make sure it can
be recycled locally.
Encourage the use of recycled materials
by using products that are made from recycled materials.
Are the product and package designed
to be taken apart and readily recyclable?