avoid mini swag and samples. 

today we will

avoid mini swag and samples.
WHY Mini packages of something we may or may not use produces a lot of access waste. We will reduce unnecessary waste by saying not to mini swag and samples.

HOW When we're offered a swag-bag at events, look inside. If it's stuff we'll definitely (really) use, we keep it. If not, we can give it back. Same thing for free samples.
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choose one thing to eat raw.

today we will

choose one thing to eat raw.
WHY Cooking accounts for about 20% of our energy use. Most of that energy is fueled by fossil fuels. We will reduce fossil fuel demand by choosing one raw food.

HOW As we decide what to eat for our meals today, try to incorporate one raw food in place of something cooked. 
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reuse resealable packaging.

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reuse resealable packaging.
WHY It takes energy & materials to make & ship resealable baggies. And, baggy waste means more pollution. We will reduce our impact by reusing resealable packages.

HOW When we buy something in a resealable packaging, we can rinse it out and reuse it as a sort of ZipLoc® bag later. On that note, reusing baggies is a good idea, too.

Today's tip was recommended by subscriber Jeff M.. Thanks, Jeff!
From the Community

From Subscriber Joscelyne C about yesterday's tip:
I like this tip but where can I buy these naturally dyed clothes if I don't have an extravagant budget—meaning I can only afford "fast fashion" or thrift store prices?

Our Answer:
Sorry for the confusion, this tip was meant to suggest opting for clothing that has not been dyed at all, and just looking to naturally-dyed clothing as a next best option. There should be opportunities to find dye-free clothing at most large retailers, including fast fashion ones! In fact, buying dye-free clothing (and accessories like a straw bag or hat) from these fast fashion retailers will give them the data that the demand for more sustainable clothing is on the rise, and it could encourage them to put more natural clothing on their floors, which would be great.

Here are a some examples of natural colored clothing at some fast fashion outlets, in case it's helpful.
https://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.0610776026.html
https://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.0683159001.html
https://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.0735121004.html
https://www2.hm.com/en_us/productpage.0747764003.html
https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/branded-shop/2000298401
https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/f21/branded-shop/2000321311
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opt for natural colors.

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opt for natural colors.
WHY The textile industry drains 40,000-50,000 tons of dye into our water system a year. We will reduce demand for dyes by opting for natural colors.

HOW Look for products that still have their natural coloring, like these. Opt for those over bright colors. Love color? You can always dye naturally at home. It's fun. 
From the Community
From Subscriber Mandi:
Is it better to regularly use paper plates and cups for family meals if not all of the plates/cups can be recycled? Or, to wash dishes (without dishwasher)?

Our Answer:
It's always better to refuse and reduce where possible, so opting for the reusable dishes would be better than buying disposables for each gathering. Another way to think about it is to consider how much water and energy is used to make, pack, and transport the disposable tableware vs washing what we have at home and reusing.


Thanks for the great question, Mandi!
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