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“Stuff” isn’t all we waste.  We also waste water, energy, food, money, time, and lots of other resources.  Here we’ll be sharing some things that have helped us change our habits and behaviors, both specific actions and ideas to think about.  Why ideas?  Speaking for ourselves, it is a lot easier to adopt a new practice when we know the reason why.

Please keep in mind that these are simply suggestions that may inspire you to find new ways to approach changes in your own life; you will find what works best for you.  It really is fun and empowering to figure out what you can do to lessen your impact on the planet.  Reducing your waste does make a difference.

Waste Facts:

  • Edward Humes, Garbology

    “Our Annual Waste: 19 billion pounds of polystyrene peanuts, 40 billion plastic knives, forks and spoons, 28 billions pounds of food, enough steel to level and restore Manhattan and enough plastic film to shrink-wrap Texas.”

  • The Story of Stuff

    “The US has 5% of the world’s population and uses 30% of the world’s resources.”

  • Wall Street Journal

    "American communities on average spend more money on waste management than on fire protection, parks and recreation, libraries or school books..."

  • The Story of Stuff

    “For every can of garbage put out at the curb, the equivalent of 70 cans of waste is produced to create the trash you put at the curb.”

  • David Wann, Simple Prosperity

    “Since 1900, US population has tripled, but use of materials has increased 17-fold.”