A Year of Drops: Reducing

EarthSpirit Voices

by Katie LaFond

Step 3: Get Serious About Reducing

  • When you throw things “away,” remember that there is no such thing as “away.” Where does it go?
  • Rinse the trash you DO throw away, so that your barrel does not smell, and you can go longer between using a new (often plastic) trash bag.
  • When possible, buy things in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging you’re also buying with the desired product.  You can bring a cotton produce bag for bulk items.
  • Make a list of everything that goes in your trash and recycling, and determine one thing each week you can stop buying that makes trash. Packaging accounted for much of my

    photo by Bill McChesney; used under a Creative Commons License photo by Bill McChesney; used under a Creative Commons License

    waste. Buying things in bulk and at the local farmers’ markets (I’m lucky enough to have both summer and winter farmers’ markets) cut down on much…

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