Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
In Part 5 of this series of tips to live green (Scroll down for previous installments!), we delve into paper v. plastic, and related consumer choices.
36. Buy recycled paper and paper products.
37. Print on both sides of sheets of paper and only print what is absolutely necessary.
38. Buy products with less packaging.
39. Pay bills electronically.
40. Borrow books from libraries and loan your books to friends and family. If you are a student, buy or rent used textbooks.
41. Use washcloths, hand towels, and dish towels to minimize paper towel use.
42. Choose alternatives to Styrofoam when available.
43. Snip all the holes in plastic six-pack rings.
44. Recycle newspapers, magazines, and phone books.
45. Opt-out of unsolicited or junk mail like credit card offers to reduce paper.
46. Use washable silverware and dishes instead of paper and plastic.
47. Buy and use reusable grocery bags. When you use plastic, reuse them. Plastic grocery bags are great for small trash cans.
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