6 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste

1. Bring reusable shopping bags with you to the grocery store. Who needs all of those plastic bags scattered around the house anyways?

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2. Invest in a couple reusable cups. One for hot drinks and one for cold drinks.

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large Starbuck’s tumbler, $14.95
Copco travel mug, $7.99

You can use a tumbler to fill up drinks at fast food restaurants, opting to save a plastic cup which will only go to waste. I take my Starbuck’s tumbler with me everywhere I go. Starbuck’s will even knock off 10 cents if you bring in a reusable cup for them to pour your drink into.

3. Use washable napkins instead of paper towels.

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These can help add flair to your kitchen as well. Find fun, decorative napkins at places like World Market, Pier 1, and Target.

4. Buy vintage.

If you take the time to look, you can really find some treasured pieces when shopping vintage. I recently found a vintage Dooney & Bourke purse for a steal. It’s much cheaper and eco-friendly to go old rather than new.

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5. Donate old clothing.

Prevent old clothes and accessories from sitting in a landfill by donating them to Goodwill or Salvation Army. Trust me, there’s someone out there who would make good use out of what you might consider trash.

6. Just say “no” to plastic bags when they aren’t necessary. For example, I went to Barnes & Noble yesterday and ended up with a book and 2 magazines. I am completely capable of carrying these on my own, without the help of a bag. Don’t take plastic bags when you really don’t need them.

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