Everyday Actions 

The somber facts about Recycling. 
Please click yellow button above to have a listen to this 24-minute news story on NPR.org and learn the truth about why it doesn't make sense economically, and even environmentally to recycle plastic. 

Tips for environmentally friendly shopping 

Bring your own bags to the supermarket/cafe/restaurant to carry your shopping and takeout items home. 

When buying refrigerated or frozen goods, bring a soft sided cooler to transport your items home. 

Eggs: when given the choice, buy packaged in a compostable paper carton (not a plastic one).

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Buy your milk in glass bottles instead of waxed cartons with plastic cap.  Most stores offer a refund for returning them.   If your store does not carry it, ask the manager to. Stores are happy to hear suggestions from their customers!

When possible, buy bulk.  Outfit your kitchen with some simple glass jars for storing these foods.  Avoid buying individually packaged goods.  All of this packaging ends up as waste.  It does not magically dissapear. 

Tips for environmentally friendly days

Use a reusable coffee/tea cup

Do not use single-use cups and lids.

Use a reusable water bottle.  Do not buy single-use plastic water bottles.

Carry your own cutlery.  Bilions of plastic forks, knives and spoons are thrown away each year. 

Use biodegradeable dog poop and kitty litter disposal baggies

Use a stapleless stapler

Compost.  Use your own backyard composter, or compost bins provided by your town or city. A simple compostable bag in your kitchen to hold all your food scraps will eliminate the need to use plastic bags to line your trash bin

 

Food packaging and other dry waste can go directly into your home trash bin  , and then be emptied into building, home or town trash receptacle.  No plastic bag to line trash bin is needed.

 

Use your in-sink garbage disposal.  Feed carrot tops and other greens you aren't planning to eat to your local animals. As much as possible, do not throw food in the garbage. 

Turn off your engine if you are idling more than 10 seconds.  Choose walking, bicycling, using a kick scooter, or public transportation whenever possible over driving. 

Environmentally friendly home 

Clean your home using cotton rags.  Simply use, wash and use again.  Do not use paper towels. Think of how our ancestors homes were cleaned. 

Use a drying rack whenever possible.  Use dryer only when absolutely necessary.

Use only powder and soap detergents. Do not buy laundry detergent in plastic bottles. 

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Plastic spray and squeeze bottles can be used for years.  Consider refilling with concentrated soap and cleaners, just mix with water. 

Use compostable paper tape

Compost.  Use your own backyard composter, or compost bins provided by your town or city. A simple compostable bag in your kitchen to hold all your food scraps will eliminate the need to use plastic bags to line your trash bin. 

 

Food packaging and other dry waste can go directly into your home trash bin , and then be emptied into building, home or town trash receptacle.  Use your in-sink garbage disposal.  Feed carrot tops and other greens you aren't planning to eat to your local animals. As much as possible, do not throw food in the garbage. 

Environmentally friendly neighborhood

Are your favorite restaurants using environmentally-friendly packaging for take-out like compostable paper or aluminum containers?   If not, gently encourage them to.

When ordering, say no to plastic cutlery and individually packaged condiments unless absolutely needed.

Carry your own cutlery.  Did you know, this used to be commonplace? Read more here.

If food is delivered in plastic bags, whenever possible, take only the food.  If picking up, bring your own bags. 

If you need suggestions on where to get any of these items, please visit our Green Living Resources pages

Be the change you want to see in our world! 

P.S. We love to hear from like-minded people.  Suggestions for this page are welcomed at revert@globallyclean.com