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Wage War On Waste – 100 Things We Can Do Without!
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Posted on | April 11, 2012 | 104 Comments

We are Waging War on Waste with the goal that Earth Day will not just be a day in April, but every day.  The amount of waste generated in the U.S. is staggering.  Americans throw away enough plastic bottles each year to circle the earth four times.  Americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day.  The average American uses 900 grocery bags per year and less than 1% are recycled.  We can do better by adopting simple eco-habits that can have a big impact.  Help us make a list of 100 Things We Can Do Without to get the War on Waste rolling.

Here are a few ideas from us to get the list started:

1. Bottled Water – Use a Reusable Water Bottle.

2. Plastic Straws – Use glass straws.

3. Pre-packaged single serving snacks –  Make or buy in bulk and use reusable containers.

4. Paper towels/napkins – Use PeopleTowels.

5. Paper or plastic shopping bags – Use reusable bags for groceries, shopping, snacks, & lunches.

Comment on this post and tell us what other wasteful items and their waste-free alternatives we can add to our list.  Then join us at the Holistic Moms Network Twitter Party on April 24th (7pm PST) to be eligible to win great reusable products from Vapur, Strawesome, Eco Vessel, and PeopleTowels.

The average American uses 900 grocery bags per year. Less than 1% are recycled.
Americans throw away enough plastic bottles each year to circle the earth four times.
Americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day.
Paper towels = 254 million tons of trash ev
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104 Comments so far

  1. give reuseable bags as the wrappping fr gifts- pass the green on

    Comment by mom4everandever — April 24, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  2. Furniture-rather than opt for new, give some new life to a well made quality piece with a new finish or new upholstery.

    Comment by Amanda Fiveash — April 24, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  3. Tupperware-use canning jars to store leftovers and bulk items!

    Comment by Amanda Fiveash — April 24, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  4. There are countless things we can do without, and there are great comments here. My pet peeve for waste are clothes dryers. Before the brilliant idea of these wasteful appliances, we had a place to dry wash – the clothes line.

    Comment by Valerie Rogers — May 10, 2012 @ 9:25 am

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