Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to celebrate the season by giving a gift to the earth.
Level of Commitment: Baby Steps
Did you know that the months of November and December get the prize for the most trash of the year? And not just by a few tons, but 25% more, to the tune of a million extra tons per week! (statistic source) (photo source)
Anything at all that we can do to reuse once, twice, or a dozen times before throwing away a disposable is a big help. Just think: using the same napkin twice or tearing one in half for two meals results in HALF as many napkins thrown in the trash on your account. A 50% improvement is worth noting in any book, and so simple!
I wrote my article at Green Your Way this month with waste in mind. Although I hope most of us are using reusable grocery bags for 100% of our shopping, those plastic buggers still generally find a way into the home. Here are my two favorites from 15 Ways to Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags:
Take a lunch
My husband eschews every cloth lunch bag I attempt to give him; he always prefers a plastic grocery bag (so classy, right?).
Can you guess?
And my absolute favorite use has nothing to do with the season, but I made amazing use of it this past month and saved HOURS of time. A hint:
Read them all right HERE…
For more ideas on how to reduce and reuse common items, let’s hearken back to the Decreasing Disposables in December series:
- Repurposing Kitchen Containers (free toy storage ideas!)
- Decrease Holiday Disposables (in case you didn’t guess, here’s the major culprit in that awful statistic from the beginning of the article)
- Use the Real Thing (napkins, hankies, towels, etc.)
- Cleaning up Without Throwing Out
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