Reducing Your Lifelong Pile of Paper
Paper goes in and out of our lives without us realizing just how much we consume. Here are some tree-saving tips to help reduce paper waste:
- Avoid using paper napkins in restaurants and paper plates at home.
- Pick and choose what you need to print and use both sides of the paper when you print.
- Make sure all paper you buy, from toilet paper to computer paper, is from recycled sources.
- Reuse paper bags and shred receipts and bills and compost them.
- Share magazines between yourself and friends and send any unwanted catalogs back to the sender.
- Reuse envelopes and make your own cards.
- Never check off a box that asks if you want "more information"; it's an invitation for junk mail.
- If your office doesn't already use recycled paper, ask the person in charge of office supplies to make the switch. And participate in or implement a recycling program at your office, too!
Reusable Shopping Bags--the Only Way to Go!
Sandra Passerini Champion Lambda Nu '90
has sent us a great tip on some unique reusable shopping bags. She writes, "One of the best products I have found are Environsax. For about $35.00, you get 5 brightly colored bags that roll up very small and fit in their own pouch! For those who carry large purses, they fit great! When you unroll a bag, it will hold about two plastic bags' worth of groceries, and with the large handle you can put it over your shoulder, thus less trips into the house! I get complements all the time! One caution … the grocery clerks like to over-fill the bags! I feel great when I get home from shopping and I do not have a zillion plastic bags to deal with. I just roll them back up and they are ready for the next trip."
You can visit Envirosax at
. Thanks, Sandie, for this great tip! If you have a tip or trick to help us go green, please contact me at
. I'd love to hear how you can help all of us go and stay green, and we'll post it to the blog!
Healthy "Green" Recipes
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