Tagged: Reduce

Use reusable containers & food service ware

Use reusable containers for food storage instead of wrapping with aluminum or plastic wrap.  Provide reusable service ware and utensils instead of single-use plastic or paper products at your next gathering to reduce waste.

Picnic or Party with a Marker

Some time in between the sashimi and the coleslaw, you lost track of your cup, and now there are a sea of matching cups on the table, one of which might be yours. The next time you picnic, set out a permanent marker next to disposable dinnerware so guests can mark their cup and everyone will only use one.

Opt-Out of Phonebook Directory Delivery or Donate Them to a Local School Phonebook Recycling Challenge

Opt-Out of receiving unwanted phonebooks to your home or business.  To have your name placed on a “opt-out” list for phonebook directories go to the Yellow Pages Association’s Opt-Out website (www.yellowpagesoptout.com).

Or donate them to a local school participating in a phonebook directory recycling challenge, for more information visit this website.

Stop Junkmail

Stop junk mail from coming to your mailbox.  To have your name removed from mailing lists write to:

DMAchoice / Direct Marketing Association/ PO Box 643 / Carmel, NY 10512.   Or go online to the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service website.

TrustedID Mail Preference Service (unwanted mail or phonebooks) – www.catalogchoice.org/signup

OptOutPrescreen.com (unwanted pre-screened credit & insurance offers) – www.optoutprescreen.com or 1-888-567-8688

Product Stewardship Institute infographic on unwanted mail in the U.S.

Use the Library

Take advantage of libraries by borrowing books and movies instead of buying them and save money too.

Use One Less Paper Napkin

During a year, an average American uses thousands of single-use paper napkins – several each day.  If everyone in the US used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.

Maintain your Vehicle

Not only are you extending the life of your vehicle, but you are creating less pollution and saving gas.  A properly maintained vehicle, clean air filters, and inflated tires can greatly improve your vehicle’s performance.  And it might not hurt to clean out the trunk- all that extra weight could be costing you at the pump.