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  Avoid the drink box.  poll closed
The "aseptic drink box" is made of layers of paper, plastic and aluminum - it can not be recycled. Instead use drink containers that are reusable or at least recycleable.

  Buy eggs in cardboard flats.  poll closed
The cardboard "flats" used in egg packaging are made of recycled newspaper, they are recyclable and biodegrade quickly while polystyrene (styrofoam) takes lifetimes to biodegrade and it produces harmful chemical buyproducts when it does.

  Buy products in bulk.  poll closed
Buying products in bulk reduces packaging waste, especially if you bring your own reusable containers. It's usually more economical too.

  Buy socially responsible and fair trade products  poll closed
When you buy socially responsible products you help the environment and everyone who was involved in making that product Plus you can affirm you values. Think of it as voting with your dollar.

  Chop your veggies by hand.  poll closed
Rather than using a noisy, electric appliance, save energy and exercise your muscles by hand-chopping vegetables.

  Compost kitchen scraps, leaves and yard clippings.  poll closed
Leaves, yard clippings and kitchen scraps can be composted, reducing landfill glut, and producing, rich organic gardening fertilizer.

  Fill your dishwasher.  poll closed
Run your dishwasher only with a full load. For drying, use the energy-saving setting instead of heat.

  Keep your freezer more than 2/3 filled.  poll closed
Freezers operate most efficiently when they are at least 2/3 full. Keeping it full requires less energy to chill the empty space, which saves energy and lowers your power bill.

  Make eco-friendly packaging choices. 
Eco-friendly packaging such as: reusable containers, recycled packaging, and items with the least amount of packaging, are easy on landfills, our dwindling natural recources and our wallets.

  Purchase dry goods in bulk.  poll closed
Purchase dry foods in bulk (health food stores have bulk bins great for beans, pasta, grains, etc.) You are afforded more choices this way while reducing packaging waste and you'll save money too.

  Put leftover food in the composter  poll closed
A great way to help alleviate the landfill problem is to compost your left over food.

  Reduce waste.  poll closed
Reducing household waste by making eco-friendly purchases, sorting out recyclables and simply being more aware of the trash we produce drasticly reduces landfill glut and it also limits the amount of natural resources we expend.

  Resist using aluminum foil, plastic wrap and plastic bags.  poll closed
Disposable food wrapping and storage devices are unnecessary and very polluting as well as being taxing on natural resources. It is much more economical and environmentally kind to use washable plastic containers. If you do use these products, wash and r

  Resuse chopsticks.  poll closed


  Reuse jars and plastic containers.  poll closed
Many of the products that we buy in the supermarket are packaged in jars and plastic containers than can be reused in many different ways. This reduces waste and saves us from having to buy containers.

  Use a dishwasher and save water.  poll closed
Using a full dishwasher saves an average of 5.8 fewer gallons of water per load than washing by hand.

  Use as little water as possible when cooking.  poll closed
The more water you use in your food when cooking, the longer it takes to heat. Reducing cooking time lowers energy usage which translates to big savings on your energy bill.

  Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.  poll closed
Cloth napkins can be used again and again, do not require trees to be harvested, and are actually nicer to use than paper napkins.

  Use concentrated products.  poll closed
Use concentrated products, such as juice, laundry detergent, and other cleaners, when available. Concentrated products reduce packaging waste and save money.

  Use reusable coffee filters.  poll closed
Instead of using disposable paper coffee filters, switch to reusable mesh coffee filters. They are tree-free and will save you money too.

  Use reusable shopping bags.  poll closed
If each of us used one less shopping bag a week, we could save hundreds of millions of bags every year. Paper bags are made of virgin paper and plastic bags are not degradable. Using a reusable bag is earth-friendly.

  Use sponges or rags instead of paper towels.  poll closed
An average sized family goes through 3 rolls of paper towels per week, that adds up to an enormous amount of waste. Using a rag or a sponge saves many trees worth of paper over the course of a lifetime.

  Wash dishes, glass and silverware in hot soapy water.  poll closed
Germs are passed easily from one person to another on the rim of a cup or an eating utensil. The best way to ensure that all germs and bacteria are killed before the next use is to clean them in hot soapy water.

  Wash the dishes or use the dishwasher... not both!  poll closed
If you need to wash your dishes thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher, save the water and put them in the drying rack instead.
  

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