Monday, June 30, 2008

The Three Rs

REUSE
Cloth shopping bags vs plastic ones
Water bottles vs bottled water
Resealable bags (I'm bad about this one) rather than use and dispose
Washable dishes vs disposables (yes I hear about people using disposables at home instead of regular dishes)
Travel coffee mug vs paper cups
Real camera vs disposable ones
Tupperware or Rubbermaid vs plastic wrap, tin foil, or resealable bags
Fabric hankies for everyday use vs facial tissue
Cut up old t-shirts vs paper towels for dirty jobs
Dish towel instead of disposable wipes or paper towels

RECYCLING
Plastics of all sorts
Newspapers
Electronics such as computers, phones, PDAs...
Donate old clothes and shoes, old toys, bicycles, etc to charity

REDUCE (what doesn't fall under Recycling and Reusing)
Use soap vs shaving cream: less packaging and lasts longer.
Sign up to get your junk mail reduced.
Buy what you will eat, not what you might want.
Eat before going to the grocery store.
Fabric shower curtain vs plastic one. It will last for years, doesn't get nasty like plastic, and can be washed in the wash machine when needed.
Use insulated curtains to reduce heating and cooling costs.
Turn the lights off in unoccupied rooms.
Unplug electronics not in use in order to reduce phantom power usage.
Compost food scraps and yard waste to reduce trash.
Buy bulk rather than single serving.
Take cloth shopping bags everywhere, not just the grocery store.

ALTERNATIVES
For cat litter and dog poop: use paper bags instead of plastic.


http://earth911.org/blog/2008/06/23/three-pros-of-plastic/

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