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18 Things We Can Do Without

I want to be honest--there are things I do without happily, things I struggled to do without, and things I coud do without I have not yet started to struggle with. So here's the list:

What i Do Without:

1. Plastic water bottles--last year I got a metal water bottle, and use it 90% of the time. I'm still struggling with this one, as sometimes i forgoret my metal water bottle, and on vacation in Costa Rica I used plastic water bottles.

2. Plastic shopping bags--over a year and a half ago I got a collection of cloth and twine shopping bags. I've probably reduced by plastic shopping bag use about 98%. At first when I went grocery shopping I'd have forget my cloth bags in the trunk of my car (I confess to having a car). Then I retrained the habit so every time I went out to buy--whether grocery store, drug store, clothing store--I carried my tote or totes. Using my cloth totes reduce clutter in my drawers. 

http://www.sas.org.uk/gallery/2006/large/ml550_Bird%20with%20plastic%20bag_%202006_matt%20dale%20copyright.jpg

3. Counter wipes--never use them, never buy them.

4. Paper lunch bag--have a  reusable plastic lunch bag I've used for years. Never use paper lunch bags.

5. Plastic hand soap dispensers--never use them. I only buy soap in paper.

6. Disposable contact lenses--don't use contact lenses but use glasses.

7. Swiffer pads- don't use them; I have an old fashioned mop.

8. Zip lock bags--have a  few I reused for years but don't buy any new. I have a collection of plastic containers--some like old cottage cheese containers--that I use for storing food.

9. Dryer sheets-- don't use them.

10. Cotton balls- use towel or wash cloth instead instead.

11. Plastic wrap- don't use it to wrap leftover foods. 

What I recycle

1. Printer cartridges--I have a Canon printer, and I have been recycling my old printer cartridges at Staples. I got $3 credit/each printer cartridge I turn back. Some printer cartridges can be refilled at CVS and Walgreens. Most printer cartridges can be recycled.

What I should work on:

1. Tissue boxes--I have a plastic elegant looking tissue box, so I should only buy refills but never a whole tissue box. But where can I buy refills.

2. Paper napkins- I should use cloth napkins. I just bought four cloth napkins.

 http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/08/20/gallery/plastic-garbage-540x380.jpg

3. Paper  or styrofoam coffee cups-- I have a metal coffee cup which I leave at home. I should keep it with me at all times. I need to tell myself the following facts: 1.) syrofoam doesn't degrade and my strofoam cup will be around in a landfull 500 years from today;  2.)If I purchase one cup/day in  disposable container, that's 23 lb of wasteyear; 3.) styrofoam has polystyrene, a chemical that can disrupt our hormones, and chlorine to bleach the paper creates darcinogenic dioxins druing production. I need to tell myself this so I'll remember to use that metal coffe cup.

4. Paper towels--I still use this all the time. I should try cloth rags. Cloth rags can do anything paper towels can.

5.  Paper coffee filter--I should get a reusable coffee filter. Better yet, I have a French press coffee pot. I should learn how to use it. I tried my French press coffee pot--no disposoable filter and good coffee.

6. Plastic utensils--I try to reuse them at picnics but still throw too many out. Need to get more reusables.

7. Paper plates--I should only use reusable plates at picnis. Need to get more reusables.

 

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Good for you!

I'm not doing as well as you but I'm all about getting water bottles and shopping bags out of our lives for good. I actually write a blog for HGTV.com about trying to get my family to start thinking more green at home. My code name is "Gang Green". Check it out if you have time...

http://blog.hgtv.com/change-the-world/author/smerritt/

Good post!

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I read you blog--I also love

I read you blog--I also love baskets and have collected them for years, mostly from garage sales. I think I should be doing better. Today I again forgot my metal coffee cup when I went for coffee, but I did get coarse grind coffee to try out my French press coffee pot for the first time.