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Weekly Tips | December 31, 2013

Resolution: Waste Zero


Are your recycling and garbage containers in need of a little weight loss? Add a waste reduction resolution for a fresh start to a new year! From your morning routine to your mailbox, these simple tips will set you on the path toward zero waste.

Morning Routine

Say no to disposable coffee cups! Many coffee shops offer discounts when you bring your own to-go cup. Remember yours and you’ll waste less and save money, too. Many coffee shops including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Peet’s, and Fuel offer a 10 cent discount when you bring your own container. On your next visit, ask your local shop if they offer discounts for customer provided cups. 

Entertaining

Having a gathering? Make a conscious decision to stop buying disposable dishware and utensils. Instead, invest in a set of inexpensive reusable’s at your local second-hand retailer, online forum, or neighborhood yard sale. Significant amounts of energy and natural resources are used in producing, transporting and disposing items that are used once and thrown out. 

Sack Lunches

If you pack a lunch each day, make sure you're using reusable containers to pack it. Opt out of single-use plastic baggies to store your daily food and reduce your waste by investing in some reusable containers for your lunch. Check out the CleanScapes Store in Issaquah for some eco-friendly options. 

Receipts

Refuse receipts when shopping or having them emailed to you, if that is an option. Many utility companies offer electronic billing, no paper required. Seattle Public Utilities allows an option for electronic billing and so does CleanScapes!

Paper Bags 

Bring a reusable bag for shopping. Take the extra leap and use your bag for more than just groceries.

Junk Mail

You have a choice when it comes receiving junk mail. Eliminate your mail box waste by opting out of receiving phone directories, stopping junk mail, and cancelling catalogs. You’ll reduce waste and conserve resources. 

Source: Catalog Opt Out | Phone Book Opt Out | Junk Mail Opt Out | SPU Electronic Billing
 

The Big Picture 

According to the EPA Americans use 70 million ton of paper and paperboard per year. In fact, paper and paperboard products make up the largest section of municipal solid waste stream in the United States.

Sources: EPA: Paper Consumption
 

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