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diapers

The EPA estimates that the U.S. disposes of ~20 billion single-use diapers per year into landfills where they take up to 500 years to degrade while creating methane in the process. Disposable diapers cost families around $4,000 over a two year period.

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eating out

It's become more common for restaurants (not only fast-food places, but order-at-the-counter and sit-down as well) to provide only single-use, often plastic, disposable options for eating your meal. As a consumer, you can help combat the waste by bringing your own reusable items.

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reading

Books are essential to both everyone’s education and enjoyment, but the concern of deforestation can make anyone pause before buying a book. The WWF estimates we’re losing ~18.7 million acres of forests every year; however, options exist that allow you to avoid purchasing virgin pulp paper books. Learn more...

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bulk shopping

Bulk shopping may be one of the easiest ways to curb your yearly waste. Grocery shopping is usually at least a weekly occurrence, and by avoiding food packaging, you’ll decrease what goes out in your trash can + recycling bin each week. Learn more...

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wrapping paper

This holiday season, our paper consumption will dramatically increase because of gift wrapping. Depending on where you live and what the wrapping paper is made out of, a lot of it will be single-use and non-recyclable.

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clothing

In 2007, Americans threw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, and clothing and other textiles represented about 4% of the municipal solid waste—numbers that have continued to grow

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