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Best Ways to Cut Waste

Best Ways to Cut Waste

My fiancé and I recently had a conversation about the best ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.  He suggested that reducing consumption is the most effective way to cut down on waste.  He is very good at curbing his consumption.  He buys what he can through Craig’s List and other peer-to-peer transactions, frequents thrift stores, and turns milk crates in to entertainment centers.

I pointed out that recycling, composting, and opting for green and natural products when possible are important methods, as well.  Ultimately, we agreed that both approaches are important.  Cutting down consumption will likely have the largest impact.  Furthermore, not only is cutting back eco-friendly, it also combats the corporate, consumer oriented zeitgeist impacting American culture.  However, even those who choose to consume less will still need to engage in some level of consumption, so purchasing green products and recycling and composting those items will be beneficial, as well.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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12:14AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thanks Sarah.

7:25AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:39AM PDT on May 21, 2012

Thanks for sharing your insight Sarah.

12:29PM PDT on May 17, 2012


10:23AM PDT on May 15, 2012

True, thanks.

6:41AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Thanks for the post.

8:56PM PDT on May 13, 2012


1:01PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Limit the number of children you have.

3:21AM PDT on May 12, 2012

It's extremely frustrating to try making a smaller footprint when all around waste is happening on a daily basis.

3:04AM PDT on May 12, 2012

we compost and reuse. we need to review some of the products we buy and see if there is a more sustainable version. 1 Million Women campaign suggests that women, as many are household organisers, hold the big shop decisions; it calls for for such house hold decisions to be more sustainable.

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