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25 Wasteful Things You Can Live Without

  • Antibacterial wipes — If you must, use a gel hand sanitizer.
  • Disposable table cloths — Spills are a reality of life; just clean them up as they happen.
  • Facial tissues — Unless you have a bad cold, a handkerchief will work just fine.
  • Paper billing — Switch to e-billing for your bank statement, credit card bill, utility bill, etc.
  • Plasticized sticky notes — Use the original paper sticky notes; they can be recycled when you’re done with them.
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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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