Monday, April 13, 2015

Eco-Challenge Step 3: Packaging

The things we buy have lots of packaging. 

Much of it is plastic, often not reusable or even recyclable.  But packaging can't be avoided altogether, it's needed to protect merchandise, keep things fresh and clean and so on.

Still, there are ways to reduce the amount of plastic packaging..... and keep more plastics from harming various ecosystems.


Buy larger quantities and use reusable containers to separate servings to take to work or school.

Buy loose, rather than packaged, fresh fruits and vegatables.

Support companies that use less packaging by choosing their brands for products you buy anyway.

Use up what you have rather than buying new.

Use less so you can buy less.

Try concentrated laundry soap and dish detergent.

Reuse any packaging that you can. What you can't reuse, recycle.

Check out some more tips from these organizations and websites:

Environmental Protection Agency 



Packaging is necessary. If each of us reduces a little, that will have a huge impact. If each of us reduces a lot... WOW!

Have you found ways to reduce the amount of packaging you bring home?

 This is my twelfth post for the April 2015 Ultimate Blog Challenge. 

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