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25 Wasteful Things You Can Live Without

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  • Plastic cutlery — Use the metal stuff.
  • Paper plates — Washing dishes may be an effort, but it’s worth it.
  • Paper or plastic single-use grocery bags — Get a few reusable bags.
  • Packaged fruits and vegetables — Produce does not need to be packaged.
  • Individually wrapped snacks — Snacks travel better anyway in a hard container.
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    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


    12:33PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

    The list contained so many things that were invented to make our lives easier. In the process, we have just gotten lazy and fat. It is so easy to take reusable bags to the grocery store. Many of them are sold that fold neatly into a tiny pouch that you can keep in your purse at all times. No excuse that they are too big and bulky to carry or you forget to take them into the store. Come on, people, it doesn't take that much effort to make a huge difference. Give it a try.

    1:25AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

    Thanks for great article! I don't use almost all of this list.

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