Reduce Your Trash To Almost Zero

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April 18, 2009 | 47,488 views

Are you worried that you’re hurting the environment by producing too much trash? Here are some methods you could use to cut it down:

   1. No soda in cans
   2. No water in plastic bottles
   3. No coffee in disposable cups
   4. No throwaway plastic razors and blade cartridges
   5. Using non-disposable feminine-hygiene products that aren’t bad for women and are good for the planet
   6. No Indian food in throwaway takeout tubs
   7. No Italian food in plastic throwaway tubs
   8. No Chinese food in plastic throwaway tubs
   9. Taking your own reusable containers to takeout joints
  10. Buying milk in returnable, reusable glass bottles
  11. Shopping for honey and pickled veggies and other goods in jars only from merchants who will take back the jars and reuse them
  12. Returning egg and berry cartons to the vendors at the farmers’ market for reuse
  13. Using neither paper nor plastic bags and bringing your own reusable bags when grocery shopping
  14. Canceling our magazine and newspaper subscriptions and reading online
  15. Putting an end to the junk mail tree killing
  16. Carrying a reusable cup and water bottle
  17. Carrying reusable cloths for everything from blowing your nose to drying your hands
  18. Politely asking restaurant servers to take away paper and plastic napkins, placemats, straws, cups and single-serving containers
  19. Pretending McDonalds and Burger King and all their paper and plastic wrappers just don’t exist
  20. Buying no candy bars, gum, lollypops or ice cream that is individually packaged
  21. Making your own household cleaners to avoid all the throwaway plastic bottles
  22. Using baking soda from a recyclable container to brush your teeth
  23. Using baking soda for a deodorant to avoid the plastic containers that deodorant typically comes in
  24. Using baking soda for shampoo to avoid plastic shampoo bottles
  25. Keeping a worm bin to compost food scraps into nourishment that can be returned to the earth instead of toxins that seep from the landfills
  26. Switching to cloth diapers
  27. Not buying anything disposable
  28. Not buying anything in packaging
  29. Shopping for food only from the bulk bins and from the local farmer’s market where food is unpackaged and fresh
  30. Forgetting about prepackaged, processed food of any description
  31. Giving your second-hand clothes away to charities
  32. Offering products you no longer need on Freecycle instead of throwing them away
  33. Using old clothes for rags around the apartment instead of paper towels

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