Wasteful Things We Can Live Without:Everything Styrofoam! Stamp
out styrofoamPlastic wrap --
Instead, use a container with a lid.
foil -- Use an oven-safe pot
or dish with a lid.Disposable cleaning cloths, dusters, etc. -- Use a microfiber cloth that can be washed.
Paper towels -- Use a tea towel, instead.
Disposable pens -- Buy a good pen that only needs the ink well changed.
Paper plates -- Washing dishes may be an effort, but it's worth it.
Plastic cutlery -- Use the metal stuff.
razors -Invest in a razor that
only needs the blades changed.
fruits and vegetables. Produce
does not need to be packaged.
wrapped snacks -- Snacks travel
better anyway in a hard container.
boxes -- Put juice in a reusable container (not plastic).
Electric pencil sharpeners -- Use the hand-crank version of days gone by.
Disposable diapers -- Cloth diapers aren't that much more difficult to use.
Disposable cloths -- Fabric cloths can be washed regularly to avoid bacterial or viral build-up.
Paper or plastic single-use grocery
bags -- Get a few reusable bags.
Bottled water -- Install a water filter on your tap or pick up a water
jug with a filter.
batteries -- Make the investment
for rechargeable batteries and you'll save money in the long run.
Electric can openers -- Use a little muscle.
pudding or yogurt cups --
Buy a large container of yogurt or make your own pudding, and send it in a reusable container.
Plastic cups -- Stick to reusable cups.
Disposable table cloths -- Spills are a reality of life; just clean them up as they happen.
Antibacterial wipes -- If you must, use a gel hand sanitizer.
Facial tissues -- Unless you have
a bad cold, a handkerchief will work just fine.
Paper billing -- Switch to e-billing for your bank statement, credit
card bill, utility bill, etc.
sticky notes -- Use the original paper sticky notes; they can be recycled when
you're done with them