Opportunities to reduce waste items




  • Reduce waste by avoiding items that generate it
    • Re-usable bags for all shopping, not just groceries
    • Purchase products with less packaging
    • Buy in bulk section
      • Grains
      • Spices
      • Tea
      • Dried fruit, nuts, other snacks
    • Refill with your own containers at the store
      • BYO reusable, washable produce bags (in cotton / linen mesh)
      • Oils
      • Honey
  • Consider impact of waste before creating it
    • What alternative options are there to producing new waste?
      • Am I replacing something that can be repaired?
      • Can the new item be repaired, if necessary? Reused? Recycled?
      • Is it made from renewable or non-renewable resources?
      • What is the longevity of the product?


At Home


  • Energy and water use
    • Turn off lights and faucets
    • Switch to LED light bulbs
    • Install a rain barrel to collect FREE water for the garden and potted plants
    • Hang laundry outside to dry FREE during warmer months
  • Food waste
    • Install a garbage disposal

At The Office


  • Reduce office paper by printing on both sides
  • Make note pads
  • Purchase 100% "post-consumer waste" paper for office supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, and napkins
  • Use ceramic disware and silverware. Avoid plastic and paper
  • BYO...
    • Ceramic coffee cup / to-go mug
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Lunch containers (glass or stainless steel vs. styrofoam)


Sharing Economy


  • Car, Ride, Bike Sharing 
  • Fashion
    • Sell or rent clothing as part of a regular wardrobe or for special event
  • Peer-to-Peer
    • Tools, mowers, snow blowers, shovels, etc.
  • Co-working Space