Purchase Eco-Friendly Products
- Products manufactured from sustainable and low-toxic materials are produced in ways that have less of an impact on the environment and are better for your health. Look for products with attributes such as biodegradable, 100% organic, BPA-free, PVC-free plastic, non-toxic, or made from sustainable wood.
Purchase Items with Less Packaging
- Next time you’re at the grocery store, pay attention to how much packaging all of the food comes in. You can reduce your household waste by purchasing items that have minimal packaging, buying the largest size of an item you can reasonably use, and buying in bulk.
Purchase used items
- When possible, find used products at your local thrift store, garage sales, used bookstores, or online at sites like Ebay.com or Craigslist.com. This helps cut down on the use of natural resources for production of products, and by recycling old items you are helping to reduce waste sent to the landfill.
Skip the Bottled Water
- Of the 25 billion single-serving plastic water bottles Americans use each year, 80% end up in landfills. Recycle your water bottles and, better yet, choose to re-use a refillable water bottle made of a refill-safe material.
Replace disposables with reusable options
- whenever possible, opt for reusable products in place of disposables (i.e. food Tupperware, reusable coffee mugs, plates and silverware, batteries, coffee filters, cleaning materials, ink cartridges, etc.)
Use reusable shopping bags
- Bring a reusable bag when shopping, such as a tote, to carry your purchases and reduce plastic bag waste.