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25 Wasteful Things You Can Live Without

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25 Wasteful Things You Can Live Without

By Planet Green

We produce a lot of waste. In 2008 alone, Americans generated 250 million tons of trash, and though about a third of that was recycled, a lot went into landfills or was incinerated. Our culture is centered around disposability, and only we have the power to change that.

Take stock of the disposable, overly-packaged, and single-use products that you use, and then look for reusable alternatives. Not sure where to start? Here are more than two dozen items that many people use . . . and can easily live without.

25 Wasteful Things You Can Live Without:

  1. Tin foil — Use an oven-safe pot or dish with a lid.
  2. Plastic wrap — Instead, use a container with a lid.
  3. Disposable cleaning cloths, dusters, etc. — Use a microfiber cloth that can be washed.
  4. Paper towels — Use a tea towel, instead.
  5. Disposable pens — Buy a good pen that only needs the ink well changed.
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Megan, selected from Planet Green

Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, and, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.


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3:11PM PST on Feb 12, 2015

I need my baggies....for freezing and damp products that need to be transported...ALSO...freezing in POTS waste space and use up my slim supply of pots into the freezer,and freezer paper sticks to wet things!

2:39PM PST on Feb 12, 2015

I do most of these and I try to reuse/recycle of everything possible. Thank you Megan.

5:51PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

We do most of these things, but I dispute 2 of them.

#1 - I tried rechargeable batteries and they do NOT hold a charge. I have tried 2 different name brands, and no luck with either one.

#2. - I do not want to give up Paper billing. My other computer just crashed, so all my info was on there. Now, I had to call for info on all of our bills, and banking info. it is a huge mess!

12:19PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014


9:26PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

10:30AM PST on Nov 16, 2013

This is cool. There were some things I hadn't considered in this post.

9:15AM PDT on Jul 18, 2013

How much electricity, water, detergent one needs to wash the reusables? Or, maybe one with a full time job is expected to do the hand washing with ash?
Reusable pampers? The author never had a bed-ridden adult in her care, right?
Not all the achievements of civilization are any good, some are necessary.
Flexibility of the mind on the subject is advisable.

1:58PM PDT on Jul 15, 2013


10:26AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

OK - I think I'm finally ready to get over my sewing machine anxiety and ready to make some hankerchiefs and paper-towels. Thinking this is going to be lots of fun :)

4:38AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013


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