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Friday, March 18, 2011

Living Green, One Tip at a Time - (a weekly feature)

# 4 Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

Part 1 - Reduce (...con't from  March 12  )

As much as possible, create a tree-free home:
-       replace paper napkins with cloth napkins
-       replace paper towels with a special set of cloth towels or cut up old t-shirts for great towels and just wash and reuse
-       purchase bleach-free, toilet paper that is made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find (80% minimum)
-       if you print documents, print on once-used paper and/or bleach-free, recycled paper with the highest post-consumer waste content available (or hemp/alternative-source paper, if you can afford it)
-       reuse envelopes, wrapping paper, the front of gift cards (as postcards) and other paper materials you receive wherever possible
-       read books, magazines, and newspapers from your local library
-       create and use note pads from once-used paper
-       leave messages for family members/roommates on a reusable message board
-       make your own cards/letters from once-used products or handmade paper
-       if you will be doing construction on your house, search out alternatives to using newly cut wood 
Bulk Purchases: Avoid products that are packaged for single use (i.e., drinks, school lunches, candy, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). Instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers. Many health food stores have bulk bins where they sell everything from grains to cereal to cleaning products. For additional ideas, read this Precycling information page.

Buy Only What You Need: Buy only as much as you know you'll use for items such as food, cleaning supplies, and paint. 

Avoid Creating Trash: Avoid creating trash wherever possible: when ordering food, avoid receiving any unnecessary plastic utensils, straws, etc. (ask in advance), buy ice cream in a cone instead of a cup, don't accept "free" promotional products, buy products with the least amount of packaging, etc. Every little bit of trash avoided does make a difference!

Shopping Bags: While shopping, if you only buy a few products skip the shopping bag. For larger purchases, bring your own. Learn about the dangers of plastic bags and what countries around world are doing about it

Junk Mail: For ideas on how to reduce junk mail, check out:  
-       Opt-Out  
Mug-to-Go: Carry a mug with you wherever you go for take out beverages

Waste-Free Lunches: Pack a Waste-Free Lunch whenever possible. 

Encourage Hotels to Reduce Waste: When staying at a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast let the management know that you like to support businesses that adopt environmentally responsible practices (including reducing waste) and/or visit Green Hotels Association

The information contained in this post was obtained, with permission, from the following site -




At March 19, 2011 at 2:13 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi, I'm following from Welcome to the Weekend blog hop, if you have a chance stop by and say "hi" at

At March 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM , Blogger Christina Lucas said...

Thanks for stopping by The Blog Entourage! Following you back. Sorry, the linky wasn't up earlier, but it is now. Please feel free to add your blog to the list!

At March 19, 2011 at 2:49 PM , Blogger Kelli said...

great tips. and thanks for stopping and following my blog. i'm following you back!

At March 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Kat said...

You have a lot of really good tips. I already do many of them but could definitely be better about paper use. I'll try to put some of your suggestions to work here :)

At March 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Our Village is a Little Different said...

Great tips! thanks for topping by, I'm following back. I hope you have a great Sunday.

At March 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

great information

I'm following you from fab friends thursday blog please come by my blog sometime when you get a moment would love to have you follow me back

At March 20, 2011 at 12:19 AM , Blogger Pamela said...

Awesome green list. Some I do, some I need to impliment.

New follower from The Thrifty Military.

At March 20, 2011 at 1:02 AM , Blogger The Loops said...

Great tips! I'm following back!

At March 20, 2011 at 7:37 AM , Blogger LESAPEA MUSINGS said...

Happy Sunday Monica, Here to follow back from Say Hi Sunday.

Lisa @ Lesapea xx

At March 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM , Blogger Missy said...

Thanks for the green tips! I am trying to become more green, so this is helpful!

At March 20, 2011 at 2:50 PM , Blogger Glynis said...

Thanks for the tips. In my house we try to reuse, recycle, and reduce.
New follower from hop.
Please stop by and have a few laughs with me.

At March 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Shanee said...

I'm your newest follower from the Sunday Blog Hops! Come check out my blog at:

Have a happy Sunday!

At March 21, 2011 at 12:17 AM , Blogger Tamara said...

Hey just followed you from the blog hop. Would love a follow back. Have a great week! =D

At March 21, 2011 at 3:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are all practical rules that we always forgets...I am guilty ! Thanks for the reminder.

At March 21, 2011 at 5:35 AM , Blogger Susan W. said...

Great tips on being green...I am impressed with myself as to how many I do on your list...keeps me in check! That being said, I'm a new follower from Monday hop...would love you to stop by to return the follow at While you're there...sign up for the current giveaway! HAGW! Sue

At March 21, 2011 at 7:27 AM , Blogger Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing. I need to bookmark this page. I'm all green!!

Found your lovely blog from the weekend bloghop.

Have a great week ahead!

At March 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Hi. I wanted to stop by & say thank you for linking up to Meet & Follow Sunday! Have a good week.

Jennifer @

At March 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by Mon petit shoo I am checking you out and following you back.

At March 22, 2011 at 1:14 AM , Blogger Nicole B said...

I'm your newest follower stopping by on the Good Friends Just Click hop.
I'd love a visit back at my blog, Mom Always Finds Out when you get the chance.

At March 22, 2011 at 4:27 AM , Blogger Betty Manousos@ CUT AND DRY said...

Hi Monica-thank you for the follow.
Following back.
I love your blog.

Have a great Tuesday!

At March 22, 2011 at 11:41 PM , Blogger Janessa said...

I'm here following you back! Cute blog!! Thanks for the follow!!

At March 24, 2011 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Karyn said...

I am also a big advocate of recycling, reducing & reusing. If only everyone took environmental concerns as seriously as you do. I am convinced the Earth is unhappy at present and it's up to each of us to turn things around. Earth Day this coming weekend is the perfect time for everyone to show they care!
Thanks for visiting my blog! It's wonderful to have a new blog friend.

At March 25, 2011 at 2:21 AM , Blogger bellini valli said...

I'm definitely in the over 50 age category and I alos love to follow my fellow Canadians too:D Thanks for the linky love.

At March 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

great tips... was very kind of you to share your little tips with us.. thank you :)

At March 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM , Blogger Sara said...

These are some great tips for how to have a more "green" home! I will have to start implementing more of these at my home. We do our best to reuse, reuse and reuse but we can still start buying more recycled products.

We recently had our garbage can stolen (random I know) but since then we've been producing as little garbage as possible and it's really been nice not having to worry about taking the trash out, and there isn't a nasty stink near the garbage can :)


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