Simplify Your Life by Reducing Waste—Step 1: Refuse

Refuse what you don’t need.

The first step to reducing our waste is to prevent it from entering our lives in the first place. 

Why Refuse?

  • Refusing materials is the primary way to reduce impact on the local landfill.
  • This isn’t an easy step. Like any habit, it just takes practice!
  • Say “yes” to bulk purchases. Reuse coffee mugs and water bottles, and thank those restaurants who encourage this concept.
  • It is so easy to say “yes” to free stuff, but ask yourself—are these things you really need, or is it just marketing material? 

Simple daily things you can do:

  1. Bring a reusable container to the restaurant for leftovers.
  2. Keep reusable bags in your car for purchases.
  3. Bring along a water bottle and hot drink cup.
  4. Remove yourself from junk mail.
  5. If doing take-out, request no plasticware and straws.
  6. Turn down freebies from fairs, events, and meetings.
  7. Use your phone and snap a picture of a flyer that interests you instead of taking one.
  8. Sew a DIY cutlery wrap and use reusable straws when away from home.

Visit the Co-op’s houseware section for reusable straws, cutlery, cups, bottles, and containers for restaurant leftovers.

Join us next week as we take on Step 2 – Reduce!

READ PART 1 OF THIS SERIES—THE FIVE RS: SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE BY REDUCING YOUR WASTE

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Laurie Gelb

Laurie Gelb

Laurie Gelb is the Co-op's Member Engagement Specialist. Contact her at LaurieGelb@coopfoodstore.com.
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