Tag Archives: reduce

Last year during Waste Less and Be Green in 2015 I introduced you to a different challenge every week and brought in some great Zero Waste and green business women to share their wisdom with you.  Striving for a Zero Waste/ less wasteful life can get lonely in a world of pre-packaged foods, “fast clothes” […]

According to the EPA waste increases by nearly 25% between Thanksgiving and New Years- accounting for a million tons per week of additional garbage.  Let that sink in a little bit- one MILLION tons per week!!! Most of this is wrapping, bows, boxes, gift bags, etc.  YIKES!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately most gift wrap cannot be recycled- only […]

Did you know the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that 2 BILLION disposable razors a year are thrown away?!?! I can’t even wrap my mind around what that looks like.  Those razors are most likely never going to breakdown- and that doesn’t even count the disposable razor blade heads on refillable razors! Fortunately, there are […]

Our society is dumpster-happy.  Millions of items are thrown away every day that are perfectly useable.  I live in a 3rd floor apartment and can see into our dumpster and my heart breaks over the items I see thrown out.  This week we’re going to look at another “R”-  we’ve covered reduce, we’ve covered refuse, […]

We’re all familiar with the “three Rs” of reduce, reuse, recycle.  Recently a 4th “R” has been popping up among Zero Waste bloggers: “refuse”- refuse excess packaging, refuse free samples you don’t need, refuse excess waste… etc. This one is really hard for me to do.  I’m a sucker for free samples.  Those cute tiny […]

Have you heard of “Phantom Power”?  No, it’s not a new musical or a super-hero character.  You do probably have “Phantom Power” in your home right now! Phantom Power refers to the electricity going to an unused item that is still plugged in.  Most sources guesstimate that at least 10%  of the electricity in the average American […]

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