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    25 wasteful things you can live without

    Megan, Selected From Planet Green – Wed Apr 6, 3:38 pm ET

    We produce a lot of waste. In 2008 alone, Americans generated 250 million tons of trash, and though about a third of that was recycled, a lot went into landfills or was incinerated. Our culture is centered around disposability, and only we have the power to change that.

    Take stock of the disposable, overly-packaged, and single-use products that you use, and then look for reusable alternatives. Not sure where to start? Here are more than two dozen items that many people use . . . and can easily live without.

    25 Wasteful Things You Can Live Without:

    Tin foil — Use an oven-safe pot or dish with a lid.

    Plastic wrap — Instead, use a container with a lid.

    Disposable cleaning cloths, dusters, etc. — Use a microfiber cloth that can be washed.

    Paper towels — Use a tea towel, instead.

    Disposable pens — Buy a good pen that only needs the ink well changed.

    Plastic cutlery — Use the metal stuff.

    Paper plates — Washing dishes may be an effort, but it’s worth it.

    Paper or plastic single-use grocery bags — Get a few reusable bags.

    Packaged fruits and vegetables — Produce does not need to be packaged.

    Individually wrapped snacks — Snacks travel better anyway in a hard container.

    Disposable razors — Invest in a razor that only needs the blades changed.

    Juice boxes — Put juice in a reusable container (not plastic).

    Electric pencil sharpeners — Use the hand-crank version of days gone by.

    Disposable diapers — Cloth diapers aren’t that much more difficult to use.

    Disposable cloths — Fabric cloths can be washed regularly to avoid bacterial or viral build-up.

    Plastic cups — Stick to reusable cups.

    Bottled water — Install a water filter on your tap or pick up a water jug with a filter.

    Non-rechargeable batteries — Make the investment for rechargeable batteries and you’ll save money in the long run.

    Electric can openers — Use a little muscle.

    Single-serving pudding or yogurt cups — Buy a large container of yogurt or make your own pudding, and send it in a reusable container.

    Antibacterial wipes — If you must, use a gel hand sanitizer.

    Disposable table cloths — Spills are a reality of life; just clean them up as they happen.

    Facial tissues — Unless you have a bad cold, a handkerchief will work just fine.

    Paper billing — Switch to e-billing for your bank statement, credit card bill, utility bill, etc.

    Plasticized sticky notes — Use the original paper sticky notes; they can be recycled when you’re done with them.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ygreen/20110...V3YXN0ZWZ1bHRo

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    Tin Foil: use it for baking and broiling and save on the wasted hot water for washing.

    Paper Towels: clearly writer does not own a dog.

    Disposable pens: For the cost of the 'refillable', you get about 500 disposables.

    Plastic cutlery: Writer doesn't attend cook-outs either.

    Electric pencil sharpeners: I can't afford the $100 for the antique version.

    Plastic cups: Who says they can't be washed?

    Non-rechargeable batteries: end up dead as a doornail and added to the toxic waste stream

    Facial tissues: Not to pick on this guy, but walking around with a cloth full of snot is not a social tool.

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    Disposable diapers — Cloth diapers aren’t that much more difficult to use
    This author never had children!

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    obviously has not seen the recent study that the thin plastic bags actually are greener than the cloth grocery bags - you have to use the cloth one 131 times to make them greener.... I've never had one last more than 15 trips without ripping - usually more like 8-10.

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    totally ridiculous article, I use bic razors, use each one for weeks, and they cost pennies of what the "better"safety razors cost. Disposable pens??? use one that can be refilled?? Where do u live mack?? We've had the same pens in the house for months!! Dont buy a new car ever year or two, that would save more than all your suggestions combined. Cancel one plane trip an year and cycle to your destination, that would save more than hundreds of times your suggestions.

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    If I don't use tinfoil when I cook, I have to use harsh chemicals and lots of hot water to clean up the baked on grease from the pans. This not only takes a lot of time, I think it is an even bet as to which is the greener solution.

    I reuse the plastic bags I get at the store. In case you have not noticed, plastic grocery bags are very thin and don't amount to much. Grocery bags have to be regularly washed with antibacterial detergent or they spread germs.

    Baby diapers are made from wood fiber. When placed in a land fill it is estimated they will remain for thousands of years before they break down. Therefore that is sequestering carbon which is good for the environmnent, right?

    Once you get a kitchen towel filthy with dirt, no amount of washing will ever get it looking clean again.

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    Jeez, these strategies don't do much... There are 2 simple things you can do to have a much, much greater impact on the environment: 1) Stop eating animal products of any kind. 2) Walk or bicycle instead of driving. Enjoy your paper plates--- we can grow more with the water we save from not using the dishwasher.

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    25 things congress can do without - planes, parties, too much of our money, democrats, republicans, lobbyists, limosines, too many security guards, vacations, vacation homes, trade junkets to exotic places, back pocket money from the mob, foreign companies and selling out the american people. Just to mention a few.

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    The average American has bought into the "must have it now' idea. My wife and I live under a simple little phrase "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Do without". I drive a 17 year old car full size car that still gets 27mpg on road trips. If we need any clothing replaced we go to thrift stores. We use a pay by minute cell phone (only for emergency use when on road trips). We live in a 100 year old house that has been upgraded using mostly recycled materials. We grow our own garden and my wife makes all our jellies and jams, mostly using windfall fruit. If we need to go shopping we use coupons and store brands are just as good as overpriced name brands, and we also plan our shopping trips in a circular route to save on gas. We take a road trip vacation every year and stay off freeways. We don't stay at the fancy motels. We eat breakfast in our room, we pack our lunches and we eat dinner out using local coupons whenever possible. Also no credit cards, if we can't pay cash we don't need it. Everyone should look at themselves and ask "What can I change or do without".
    Laissez les bon temps rouler! Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.** a 4 day work week & sex slaves ~ I say Tyt for PRESIDENT! Not to be taken internally, literally or seriously ....Suki ebaynni IS THAT BETTER ?

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    i did stop using paper plates.u have to wash dishes anyway whats a few more. i do use paper towels and very little tin foil

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    Plastic cutlery..........I save mine and wash it over and over like I do the regular silver wear.

    Paper plates.........I don't use them often, but when I do (picnics) they get put in the recycle bin just like cans and plastic bottles.

    Plastic bags.......HATE THEM! Hated them since day one!! Everything falls over and out of the bag when you make the slightest turn. I use paper or reusable.

    Paper Towels: clearly writer does not own a dog.
    So true!

    And if you spill something on the floor, who wants to use a good towel to clean that up?? Floor is filthy!

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    If you have children, they always have clothes that eithe have holes in it or jeans with rip knee. I throw all of the clothes in a box and use them as rags and also to clean up spills on the floor. It helps with decreasing the amount of paper towel I use.

    I have a bucket of water in the laundry room and throw the rags in it, after it is full, you can throw the rags in the washing machine and reuse it.

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    plastic bags - use them in the bathroom/bedroom trashcans... use them in the car for wet clothes, dirty shoes ... use them pick up trash at the park ...
    Laissez les bon temps rouler! Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.** a 4 day work week & sex slaves ~ I say Tyt for PRESIDENT! Not to be taken internally, literally or seriously ....Suki ebaynni IS THAT BETTER ?

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    Bottled water is the biggest scam every created...I agree with all of these tips. Anything that's labelled "convenient" is really a waste.

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    Oh yes, let's go back to the 1950s and 60s before being 'green' was in. NO THANK YOU! Cheaper to buy all the disposable's then it is to use the machines that need various utility companies to 'clean' them, plus products to clean them, and add that to the price of an item.

    Going Off the Grid!

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    Thats a nice list.
    I used cloth diapers with my daughter and only used disposables when we went somewhere. That was 26 years ago and didn't do it to save the enviroment but because I couldn't afford disposables and I was a paranoid mom too. Only glass bottles and they were all sterilized every time and sealed with the formula in them. I would make the days bottles every day.
    I dont own an electric can opener either because I think they are about the filthiest thing in anyone's kitchen. I got tired of having to clean it every time i used it and threw it away years ago. Only time I missed it was when I had my broken arm three years ago.
    Dont use bottled water either... that is a huge waste of money and it is ridiculous how much waste it causes.
    I use way too many paper towels... I will admit that one!

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    Paper towels are really the only disposable/wasteful thing I'm sold on, and we don't use many, so I buy paper towels with no guilt attached.

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