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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax
- Use cloth napkins with meals at home.
- Use absorbent cloths instead of paper towels for kitchen spills and general cleanups.
- Bring cloth napkins with you when you know you’re going to have a meal on the go, or pack them in your sack lunch.
- Call to stop companies from sending you their catalogs and advertising.
- Save 1-sided junk mail for the kids to draw on and allow them free access to the rest for painting and collages…then recycle it when the crafting fun is over.
- Find alternatives to one-time use paper gift wrap such as cloth bags, fabric wrap, reused gift bags.
- Consider using wet cloth wipes instead of baby wipes for clean ups.
- Say “no paper napkins please” when you’re in the drive through lane or getting fast food to go.
- Reuse the backs of envelopes for grocery and other lists.
- Pay bills online and request your invoices online.
- Keep a handkerchief in your purse to dry your hands on after washing in public bathrooms. Much softer than paper anyway!
See? It’s not so painful. And no one will think you’re strange. Think of all the money you’ll save by not buying trash every week!
2. How much plastic packaging did the Once-ler’s Thneed really need?
- Ditch the plastic grocery bags for reusable ones. Figure out a system that works for you so that you will remember to bring them with you. This is one instance where purchasing something “green” can potentially pay off, but only if you commit to using these bags for the long haul, and on every shopping outing.
- Use lidded glass or ceramic bowls for leftovers and sack lunches instead of saran wrap and aluminum foil.
- Bring your own coffee cup to the coffee shop.
- Consider reusing your produce and bulk food bags or finding reusable alternatives.
- If you have the choice, pick the item with less packaging.
- Bring a reusable water bottle with you every time you leave your house. Bring it into the fast food restaurant! While you’re at it – bring your kid’s own lidded cup too. Once they get old enough, request that they be served in an adult washable cup (not toss plastic or Styrofoam) when you are out. Just ask that it be ½ full to prevent spills.
The Lorax Challenge
Here it is – reduce your waste with a bit of simple thoughtfulness. Think before you buy. Can I use this again? What will I need to throw away after I use this? Are there any better options? The thing is that we are not the first generation to think this way. We call it “green” but generations before us simply called it frugal. You do not need to be crunchy to care for the state of our planet, only creative! Be passionate by making small daily choices. It doesn’t have to be one of the ideas I’ve listed. These are but a few.
Let me know what changes you make! The Lorax, Once-ler and I’d love to hear about it.
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