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What do you do to cut down on waste?

Posted on 2/01/10 at 8:39 PM By BISSELL | 78 Replies

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Caroline Murphy

Baltimore, MD

91 Community Rewards Points

My husband and I compost most food waste, use tote bags for grocery shopping, reuse other retail (besides groceries) plastic bags for trash bags, try to buy second hand items whenever possible, recycle anything recyclable, take snacks to work in containers instead of baggies, steer clear of paper products (no paper plates or cups).  

Posted on 5/17/10 at 10:21 PM

Mrs. C

Casselberry, FL

78 Community Rewards Points

Recycle everything we can, compost kitchen scraps, use reusable grocery bags, stainless steel water bottles, cloth diapers, un-paper towels, and donate clothing and household items. The one thing we do not use (anymore) are CFL light bulbs b/c of the health/environmental dangers associated with them.

Posted on 5/17/10 at 12:32 PM

Heather Broughton

Ypsilanti, MI

105 Community Rewards Points

Stopped buying paper plates as well.

Posted on 5/16/10 at 6:26 PM

Heather Broughton

Ypsilanti, MI

105 Community Rewards Points

At work, we have switched to real coffee cups and the company no longer supplies paper or styrofoam cups.

Posted on 5/16/10 at 6:25 PM

Marisol Saravia

Woodbridge, VA

96 Community Rewards Points

We use reuseable bags for shopping, energy efficient light bulbs, recycle all our plastics and cans, donate clothes and other items, if something is reuseable then we reuse it.

Posted on 5/14/10 at 8:13 AM


Burlingame, CA

119 Community Rewards Points

ive been using much less paper towels.

Posted on 4/17/10 at 5:01 PM

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31 Community Rewards Points

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Posted on 6/17/10 at 1:55 PM

Greg Weaver

East Berlin, PA

379 Community Rewards Points

They forget the 4th R: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle..REPAIR!  I fix anything I can around the house--everything from staplers to our HVAC system.  I kept my college car going well after I moved into the real world and made good money; it was cheaper for me to make the occasional $100 repair than buy a new one.  Yeah, it wasn't exactly environmentally friendly, but the oil it burned (and leaked) compared to the carbon footprint of producing a new vehicle made that look like a drop in the bucket.  It got pretty good mileage, too (34mpg).

 My lawn mower was made the same year as my first car--1984--and apart from sharpening the blades and the occasional tuneup, it's perfectly fine for my needs.  Again, a huge waste to buy a new one.  And I doubt anyone would buy a 27 year old lawn tractor when the company that made it has been out of business for years (makes getting spare parts a little tough, trust me)

We throw out way too much stuff that could be easily repaired, but instead ends up in a landfill.  I know this kind of falls under "Reuse", but most people think of that as reusing throwaway items, not maintaining the bigger-ticket stuff they have.

Next time you want to toss something broken, sit down and think about what's wrong with it, and try fixing it.  You'd be surprised how easy it is--basic hand tools (screwdriver, hammer, pliers) and a little common sense can save you a lot of money.

Posted on 6/08/10 at 4:02 PM


Queens, NY

176 Community Rewards Points

I shop with tote bags that  can be used for years and forgo those cheap plastic bags.

Posted on 6/05/10 at 7:36 PM


West Grove, PA

475 Community Rewards Points

I recycle and use bounce new stick instead of sheets on for your dryer.

Posted on 4/15/10 at 9:42 PM
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