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#1 of 10 Old 06-10-2008, 04:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm new to this whole "living green" lifestyle but it's something that's really important to me.

How do I start reducing waste in my household?

So far, we :

Compost
Recycle glass, plastic and paper.


I know there is more - I need guidance and lots of it!

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I'm new to this whole "living green" lifestyle but it's something that's really important to me.

How do I start reducing waste in my household?

So far, we :

Compost
Recycle glass, plastic and paper.


I know there is more - I need guidance and lots of it!
a nice third step is to take a look at your energy consumption. where could you cut back or cut out?

Do you live in a city a town or out in the country?
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You have already taken great stepts!

Do you have shops where you can leave the packaging or can you avoid exaggerate packaging?

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cloth diapers, cloth towels instead of paper towel addiction


definitely compost veggie parts, and coffee grounds. easy!

it will make your trash less gross.
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Thanks for the ideas!

I started CDing my youngest over 2 months ago.
We've used only cloth towels/washcloths instead of paper towels.

I am going to start the family cloth - just need to hit up the fabric store.

Keep the ideas coming!!

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Canvas bags for groceries

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Unfortunately we live in a suburb - under HOA nazis.

No line drying - though I'm still going to do it with one of those line drying racks. If they complain about it I can stop.

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Can you cook from scratch and buy fewer packaged foods?
Rack dry in the basement?

Buy goods you need at a Thrift or Second Hand shop. They won't be wrapped in the original packaging.

Borrow things you will only need one or twice.

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I am going to start the family cloth - just need to hit up the fabric store.

Keep the ideas coming!!
I cut up some old t-shirts for family cloth. For some reason the heather gray is the softest. Maybe you won't have to buy new fabric if you have some old t-shirts or flannel shirts around the house.
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Eat less meat.
Don't take out the trash until collection day.
Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues.
Use eco-friendly cleaners, like this one.
Use real dishes for picnics.
Lots more ideas!

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