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2/4/09 8:40 A

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I think one of the best parts for me is the more I reduce my waste, the more I increase my savings! Who doesnt like having extra money AND saving the environment!?!

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2/3/09 5:35 P

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I have been trying to improve (and there is lot of space for improvement) the "reduce" area. Exactly because if I reduce, I won't have that much to recycle...

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2/3/09 1:59 P

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Ok, Marcal it is. As long as it's 1 ply 1000 sheets. It's usually cheaper, too.

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2/3/09 1:52 P

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OH! I didn't know that Marcal was 100% recycled. I'm getting better about not buying stuff in packaging that isn't either recyclable or made from recycled material!


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2/3/09 1:41 P

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I am not at all willing to give up toilet paper either! I have come to a compromise though. I use Marcal brand. It is 100% recycled. At least 30% of that is post-consumer recycled content.

What is the point of recycling if no one uses the recycled product!?!

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2/3/09 1:40 P

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Yup, they are listed in that order for a reason... that is the order you should focus on. If you reduce and reuse enough, you won't even need to recycle much! :-)

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2/3/09 1:31 P

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I use the mason type jars for drinking glasses. With carpal tunnel, I can't keep regular glasses. They're too delicate. I look for that type of jar when I buy spaghetti sauce or some jarred fruit.

In fact, I try to buy glass bottles and jars that I can use for my home grown dried spices and other uses around the house when the product inside is used up.

Potpourri - take your vegetable peeler to any citrus fruit before juicing and dry the peels.

I used to buy potting soil but now I enrich and increase what I have every year by composting.

Never use paper towels, paper napkins, tissues. Find out what people used back in the day of your grandparents, the Romans, whenever. You could find useable ideas anywhere. But I'm not sure I could give up Scott TP!
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2/3/09 1:14 P

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You hear so much focus anymore about how many things can be recycled. I recently received a new recycle bin from my township. Its twice the size of an allowable trash can! Recycle bins are popping up at fairs and events. So it seems that recycling is on the rise.

Is that really the best option? The phrase 'reduce, reuse, recycle' is all but forgotten it seems. I saw the other day someone refer to it as a hierarchy. We should first reduce our waste. Reuse what we must have. Recycle the bit that is left over. So stuffing your recycle bin full of recyclables may seem like you are doing your part, but what about reduce and reuse?

What are some ways to accomplish the Reduce and Reuse parts of the equation in every day ife?

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