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4/22/19 8:08 A

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I carry a reusable water bottle; I keep an empty travel mug in my car to use for coffee and tea stops - some places will even give you a discount for bringing your own; I try to decline the plastic ware that comes with a take out meal; I bring a reusable bag to the mall - especially for the smaller purchases

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4/21/19 6:24 P

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You can purchase eco-bags (or make your own) for putting produce in, rather than plastic. The less one uses, the less they have to figure what to do with it. (and if use--save in a safe place and reuse on next trip to the grocery store). Get multiple uses out of them instead of one.

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4/21/19 5:34 P

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Buying in bulk and using glass or metal containers for storage.



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reusable grocery bags - I keep mine in the cars (a small supply in DH's vehicle, and several in my car)

I do NOT buy bottled water. At home we use a filter on our kitchen faucet and I have several reusable drink bottles that I use. If we travel to a place that has questionable water I will buy the largest container (usually 2.5 gallon) and put it in the fridge. I always travel with my water bottle.

The plastic bags that cover the Wall Street Journal delivered to the office daily are used as 'poop bags' when I walk the dogs.

It's also important to buy products made from recycled material.

I need to do better about using CLOTHS to clean, instead of paper towels.

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Reusable shopping bags, water bottles, coffee cups. I try to reuse ziplock type bags as much as possible.



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3/24/19 11:46 P

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Most of our dishware is glass. I have a few kids cups that are plastic. I do use the reusable shopping bags... Mixed Bags have some great ones, and they last a long time! When we do get plastic shopping bags, we reuse them for trash bags in the bathroom (perfect size) and for our bedroom trash cans. We don't really use paper plates and plastic utensils... only for my son's birthday parties once a year. We also try to donate as much of our items that we're getting rid of to the Salvation Army or Good Will.

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2/27/19 5:34 P

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I buy our flour, oatmeal, sugar, spices, peanut butter, etc. at a bulk store that allows us to refill our own glass containers.



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I take reusable bags to buy things. eating or drinking by stainless steel tableware

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I use reusable shopping bags now, I try to remember to take my travel mug when going for coffee, I don't use straws, unless they are the paper ones, I bought my water bottle so I no longer buy them from the store and I make a very hard effort for all of our recycling, plastic, bottles, paper and cardboard. Trying to do my part so my grandson has some hope.

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2/25/19 10:31 P

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@SHERYLDS

I use washable / re-usable shopping bags whenever I can, or cardboard boxes - and I purchase garbage bags that are approved for our city compost program.

For two of us, we have just about enough "garbage" every two weeks to fill a typical single-use shopping bag (or a small kitchen-bin sized compost bag), and the rest of our trash is compost or recyclables, so we're basically paying for an extra 26 compost bags each year for the trash (less than $3 for the year). We also have a stock of the large, dark-green, bin-sized non-compostable garbage bags, which we use 3 or 4 of through the year (usually when we're cleaning out storage areas, or have replaced a broken household item that isn't recyclable).

I used to use shopping bags for garbage, too, but always ended up with bags full of bags all over the place --- I gotta admit that I don't miss them, and am glad that our local recycling program accepts them when I do end up with some!

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Sherylds - The answer to that is yes! But it’s cheaper to buy them in bulk than paying the 5c they charge per bag where I live. Plus the bags they sell are small and thin always breaking. It’s better to buy in bulk.



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I must admit, I don't get the 'green' shopping bag concept.
I use my plastic bags to dispose of my garbage.

When you go green with shopping bags, do you buy garbage bags?

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"That wasn't super easy because we do a lot of camping. " Really.... ?!

We do a LOT of camping and backpacking and I've never yet had a need to take shopping bags, straws, or plastic utensils! Its all in your mindset and planning.... For car camping...Food gets packed in a box or the cooler, We bring our "camping set " of old home silverware and cooking utensils (Good Will is a great place to stock up if you need to..) and why would you ever need a straw?! For backpacking we have a small set of old Nalgene/polypropylene we've used the bowl and cup and spoon from for probably 20 years....

I applaud your efforts to reduce plastic!

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2/24/19 5:52 P

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I use pyrex or glass containers for storing / freezing / reheating foods - mostly canning jars with metal / silicon lids. These are easily cleaned, last for eons - and are recyclable when they finally do wear out or get damaged. The glass doesn't stain, doesn't hold odours, goes through the dishwasher / microwave / oven / canner / freezer --- and the jars and lids are comparatively inexpensive and easy to find.

I use stainless steel water bottles / travel mugs / insulated food jars --- all of which can be fully and easily cleaned, and are recyclable.

I do use multi-use plastic containers for my dry pantry items (grains, flour, seeds), mostly because the glass versions are too heavy when my arthritis acts up. The ones I have are going in to their second (in some cases, third) decade of use, and are listed as recyclable when they do finally break down.

To avoid single-use plastics, there are some great suggestions here: nymag.com/strategist/article/best-reusable
-eco-friendly-food-storage-bags.html


For camping, we use either titanium or enamel-ware pieces, with the titanium gradually replacing the older enamel-ware. The titanium is quite pricey, but it is lightweight and incredibly durable - and doesn't pick up stains or odours. We've never used straws, so that wasn't an issue for us, but were very happy when the washable / reusable silicon food storage bags and containers started becoming easier to find and less expensive. We won't bring glass items camping, and find the metal food containers can get a bit heavy and bulky, so having an alternative to plastic zip bags is great. We do use a fair bit of aluminium foil for wrapping / freezing / cooking foods while camping too - and it all comes back with us for recycling.

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I used to work for a pharma and for years, the scientists would tell me stop microwaving my lunch in the plastic containers. They all had those glass Pyrex
containers with a snap on cover. I bought a couple. When I heat up my lunch, I take the plastic cover off and use a paper towel in case of splatter.

I use (and reuse) recyclable plastic containers for cold food. but if I need to heat up lunch, it goes into a glass container.

I also have the metal water bottles instead of the heavy plastic ones.

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wash and reuse many plastics - including straws



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2/24/19 8:01 A

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One thing I know I need to start doing more of is utilizing the option to bring my own containers for the bulk bin items at my local co-op. I don't shop there often as it is pricier on a lot of things but their bulk items like chia and hemp seeds are great. They allow you to bring your own containers and you just need to bring to the customer service desk to get the tare weight. Then you fill it and the cashier figures out the price.

I also purchase some items in plastic bags that is coded for recycling!!!

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We use shopping bags and gave up straws and plastic utensils. That wasn't super easy because we do a lot of camping.

I've been making tea in a glass tea pitcher to both cut down plastic and drink less diet coke.

what other small moves have people had success with?

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