Go Green New Year's Resolutions

Many of us help the earth by being good recyclers but there's even more you can do to help the environment. Metro's Judie Miller had tips for reducing waste and reusing products that will have a positive impact on the environment and your wallet!


At home

·         Consider downsizing your garbage can or switching from weekly collection to a monthly schedule.

·         Commit to repairing items for reuse instead of discarding or recycling them.

·         Rent or borrow what you don’t need on a regular basis – for example, camping gear, dishes and glasses for a party or tools for a one-time project.

·         Pack waste-free lunches by using permanent containers, reusable utensils and cloth napkins.

·         Choose tap water over the bottled stuff. It’s just as good and – at less than a penny per gallon – is a bargain.

·         Use permanent dishes, cloth napkins, kitchen towels and reusable rags, instead of disposable paper products.


At the store


·         Buy vintage or lightly used clothing and home furnishings. With used items often costing significantly less than the amount charged for new ones, you’ll save money and give still-good products a new life.

·         Buy products in bulk. Bulk purchases generally end up costing less. Plus, bulk-buying helps prevent waste by allowing you to select the exact quantities desired.

·         Buy high-quality products designed to last, rather than cheaply made items you’ll have to replace within months or a couple of years. You’ll end up spending and wasting less over time.

·         Ditch disposables and unnecessary packaging, instead using your own shopping bag, coffee cup or water bottle. Many grocery stores and coffee shops offer  a small discount for bringing your own bag or cup. 

·         Choose products with more recycled content and less or no packaging. If the product comes with packaging, first make sure the wrapping or container includes recycled content or is recyclable. Choose  paper products with recycled content, for example, and check the label for  higher – rather than lower – “post-consumer” content.

Want more ideas for going green in the New Year? Click here or call Metro Recycling Information at 503-234-3000.


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