Reuse Tips From-
Jill A. Vanderwood
Whats it Like Living Green?
· When planning a backyard barbeque, I invited guests to bring a potluck dish and their own reusable utensils, plates and cups. This cut down on the waste of plastic and paper products.
· When having a picnic at the park, carry your own reusable dishes and utensils. Have you seen the overflowing trash cans at the park?
· Do you pack lunches for your family for work or school? There is no need to buy paper lunch bags or sandwich bags. We use lunch boxes and reusable sandwich-sized containers.
· Do you pack chips or cookies for lunches? Try using small reusable containers, which fit right into a lunch box.
· What about plastic utensils? Sam’s Club® or Costco® carry stainless steel utensils in restaurant packs of spoons, forks or knives at a reasonable price. These won’t match your regular utensils, but they come in handy for yogurt or dessert, and they won’t cause waste in a landfill.
· Are you trying to cut back on the use of paper towels? K-mart® sells bulk packages of thin washcloths. These are very handy for quick clean-ups and they can also work well in a lunch box, as a napkin.
· When I started carrying a reusable water bottle to work, I soon noticed that everyone else began carrying one as well.
· If you are like me, it’s hard to remember to bring the cloth bags into the grocery store, even though they are in my car. I’ve found something that helps. If I get up to the checkout without the bags, I ask the cashier to load my groceries back into the cart, without bags. I then take the food to my car and pack the items into my own bags. Soon, to avoid embarrassment, you will remember your bags.
· Stores in my area offer a five-cent credit for any reusable grocery bags you use. They also give me that same credit when I refuse a bag.
· Be sure to watch when someone is bagging your food. The baggers are so fast, they may have all of your groceries bagged before you hand them your reusable bags.
· Don’t be afraid to make a change. Your example will help others to take a green leap.
Watch for my new book in 2009--What's It Like Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids by the Way They Live