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Waste Reduction

Living by the 3 Rs  (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)  eases the strains on our ecosystems by reducing our need for new sources of plastic, paper, metals, and other finite resources. It also cuts down on the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills.

Suggested Actions: 
During Earth Week 2014, I will:

* Bring my own reusable mug every time I buy coffee/tea on the go

* Watch the STORY OF STUFF

* Reduce paper by arranging for e-billing and statements instead of mailed paper copies
* Bring my own bags every time I shop 
* Purchase what groceries I can in the bulk section and bring my own tupperware/bags/tubs/etc. to fill to reduce the packaging impact of my diet 

* Avoid bottled water/juices/liquids and instead use a reusable bottle or thermos

* Start a compost to reduce the amount of trash my household produces (food waste is around     30-40%!)

* Try buying second-hand first - books, clothes, furniture, and more are easy items to find

* Clean out my home of unused appliances, items, clothes and donate them

* Switch to only natural cleaning products or try making my own

* Reuse paper use by printing on both sides

* Reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (stop unwanted catologs, stop junk mail)