ENVIRONMENTAL SHOPPING


  • Waste disposal costs the U.S. more than $10 billion a year!
  • Each of us produces about 5 pounds of trash a day; 1800 pounds a year.
  • We landfill 65%, incinerate 10%, and recycle 25% of our trash.

  • Almost half of what we throw away is recyclable!
  • Packaging accounts for 33% of municipal waste, 65% of which is landfilled!
  • When we buy only the products we need, with the least amount of packaging, and use only recycled or recyclable packaging, we send less trash to the landfills and incinerators, and help protect the environment!
  • Become an Environmental Shopper and reduce the trash we dispose of by as much as 50%!
  • Kick the disposal habit!


Learn the 5-R's:
  • REDUCE  the amount of waste we produce
  • REUSE as much as possible
  • RECYCLE the recyclable
  • REJECT over-packaging and products that are hazardous to the environment
  • REACT by joining with other consumers to let manufacturers and government know your views.

  • Buy only what you need 
  • Buy products with the least amount of packaging 
  • Buy products in recycled or recyclable packaging
  • Avoid disposable products which are not recyclable
  • Buy the larger size or in bulk when possible

If you can't reuse it, find someone else who can:

  • Appliances 
  • Boxes
  • Clothing
  • Containers
  • Grocery bags
  • Wrapping paper


Learn what is recyclable in your community.  Items collected may vary.
  • Aluminum
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glass
  • Motor oil
  • Newsprint
  • Office Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Some plastics
  • Steel cans

  • Write to manufacturers and support products and packaging that are less harmful to the environment.  Discourage:
                  -over-packaging 
                  -non-recycled packaging 
                  -environmentally harmful products 
  • Call manufacturers' 800 numbers (listed on many packages) to voice your opinion.
  • Contact elected officials to request that government at all levels use more recycled products.
  • Ask merchants to provide bags made from recycled materials or use your own bag.
  • Request that your local newspaper use more recycled newsprint.

 

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