Trim those packaging pounds

08.20.2008

Trim those packaging pounds

This recently came to me in my Green Guide newsletter. Although it is common sense, I believe we all need to be reminded sometimes how easy it is to "reduce".

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Nearly everything we buy comes wrapped in material that we tear open and immediately throw away. All that packaging adds up to about a third of all garbage tossed in the U.S. Try carrying every single piece of packaging you would normally toss throughout the course of a day, and imagine just how uncomfortable you'd be from the weight of all that wrapping.

Here are a few ways to cut down on waste:

Cut back on single-serving foods and beverages. Instead, buy items in bulk and portion them out into reusable containers.
Tone down the take-out. Cooking just one more dinner and packing just one more lunch a week will have a big impact on unnecessary waste and will save you money.
Buy household items, like detergent and cleaning supplies, in concentrated forms so that you get more product per package.
Avoid items wrapped in excessive packaging, such as plastic bags inside of cardboard boxes.
Whenever possible, look for packaging made from recycled materials. The higher the percentage of recycled content, the better.
Check the plastic code before you purchase to make sure the package is recyclable. Take the Green Guide's Plastics Smart Shopper's Card with you for quick triangle decoding.

For more tips like this, visit www.GreenGuide.com