Reducing Our Consumption of Waste

  • Use cloth and/or recycled plastic bags for grocery shopping. They’re sturdier, hold more and definitely help the environment by not using oil-based plastic bags. They can also be used for transporting other things too!
  • Use both sides of the paper when printing
  • Keep an empty box in your office next to the trash can. Toss catalogs, junk mail and office paper in the box for recycling instead of the trash can
  • Reuse envelopes and reuse paper for scrap notes and lists
  • Take books and magazines to your local library or share with neighbors
  • Use real dishes rather than throw away plates
  • Break the paper towel habit. Use more cloth hand towels in the kitchen
  • Car pool or plan household trips and errands into one outing with your spouse and kids
  • Stop buying plastic bottled water. Buy and use your own reusable water bottle
  • If you have an item that you no longer want, but aren’t quite ready to throw away, consider taking it to one of the ten 
  • Get into the habit of “pre-cycling,” the practice of reducing waste by attempting to avoid buying items that produce waste in the first place.