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Eco-Tips: Mindfulness about Waste October 20th, 2011

The Great Pacific Ocean DumpDid you know that every year:

  • each person in the United States produces over 3,285 pounds of hazardous waste;
  • over 80% of items in landfills can be recycled, but they’re not;
  • the United States generates 30 billion foam cups, 220 million tires, and 1.8 billion disposable diapers every year.

Its time to stop. These are some of the things you can start doing today:

  • Favor products with a high recycled content, even if they cost a little more.
  • Reduce the volume of packaging you buy, reuse what you can, and recycle the rest.
  • Tell the clerk “I don’t need a bag”.
  • Use your own reusable canvas bag or backpack at the store.
  • Buy quality products and keep them for a lifetime.

Ease Up on Mother Earth – Reuse! July 20th, 2010

reuseReduce, Reuse, Recycle… We’ve all heard this mantra many times, but how often do we really think about it?

Hard economic times have many of us reducing our purchasing, and we are finding that perhaps we don’t need as much as we thought we did. But we also have much that can be re-used – both for the good of the planet and to help out those in need.

How can we encourage Reuse?

Start a re-use project in your church. Maybe you can have collection boxes for winter coats or kids’ clothing that is worth passing on. Books and DVDs are other items that are good to swap. Are there a lot of gardeners in your community? Swap seeds and gardening magazines. The possibilities are endless once you start thinking about it.

If you really want to inspire re-use in your community, organize a swap meet. Set up a few tables and get a group of people to bring their perfectly good items that others can take home for free in exchange for a trade. A variation on the old rummage sale…

More and more people – especially young people – are trading on-line. For the low-down on Craig’s List, Freecycle and other internet trade sites, read the blog entry – “Not Buying It? How to Trade the Stuff You Already Have”.

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