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15 Quick Tips for Reusing and Reducing

Here are 15 quick tips to help you reduce and reuse this week.

  1. Reuse plastic zipper bags and aluminum foil when possible. Just rinse and reuse! Note: please don’t reuse bags or foil that have come into contact with raw meats. Even better: use reusable glass or metal containers for your food.
  2. When taking a shower, collect the cold water in a bucket until the water heats up, then use that cold water to water the plants.
  3. Cut down on the number of cleaners under the sink. You’ll save money, and you won’t inhale toxic chemicals. Use baking soda to scrub your sink instead of commercial scouring powder. White vinegar works great in the laundry instead of fabric softener, to clean windows and hard surfaces, etc.
  4. Reuse gift bags and tissue paper. Think outside of the box for wrapping gifts: fabric, newspaper, children’s artwork, reusable bags — all make great wrapping.
  5. Use reusable cloths to clean with instead of paper towels. Throw them in the wash with your regular laundry after wiping the counter, dusting or washing the windows.
  6. Use 1 less napkin every day. If everyone in the U.S. used 1 less 2-ply paper napkin a day, it could save 1 billion pounds of paper waste from the landfill. Even better, use cloth napkins.
  7. Don’t get an ATM receipt. There are 8 billion ATM transactions per year in the U.S. If everyone takes a receipt, that paper would be 2 billion feet long, enough to circle the equator more than 15 times.
  8. Use 1 cup or glass all day long. Just rinse and reuse between beverages.
  9. Run your dishwasher only if it’s full, and turn off the heat dry setting. I like to pop open the dishwasher and let it air dry.
  10. Check resale shops, consignment shops and thrift stores to buy and donate stuff instead of buying new or throwing things in the trash.
  11. Take shorter showers, and turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving.
  12. Wash your laundry in cold water and empty the lint filter in the dryer after every load. Even better, hang the laundry outside on a line or inside on a rack instead of using an electric dryer.
  13. Use your old toothbrushes to clean everything from jewelry and bathtub grout to laundry stains and Fido’s muddy paws. Make sure those now-grimy toothbrushes stay separate from your real toothbrush by swiping some brightly colored nail polish along the handle.
  14. A faucet that leaks one drip per minute can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water a year, not to mention run up your water bill. Check all your faucets and make sure everything is tight and drip-free.
  15. Skip the air freshener. Spraying toxic chemicals in the air doesn’t seem like such a good idea, regardless of how pretty they smell. Decorate with plants to improve air quality.

Remember: when you throw something away, it’s not really “away” — it’s a place.

4 Replies

  1. This are very good tips. Thanks. I’ll share this to other people so more people would be aware of this campaign for our environment. environmental services

  2. These are great tips indeed. Reusing, reducing and recycling are the most essential things to do everyday especially when it comes to non-biodegradable products. However, we cannot avoid to get rid away of those materials. So, it is necessary to adapt a proper waste management system to keep the cleanliness of our environment. We need to have a proper container to serve as a receptacle for our waste materials like plastics, ceramics and woods.

  3. Doing these simple steps can already help our environment. It was taught in our social care courses that what we do for the environment is also what we could do for others. Starting this within our household would make us practice this also in other places thus affect other people as well.

  4. Thanks a ton! That was remarkable 🙂

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