10 cents of every shopping dollar is used to pay for packaging. Small sizes use more packaging for each ounce of product than larger sizes. Citizens can save money, reduce waste and help the environment by purchasing products in the largest size they can use. Buy juice in concentrates and use reusable containers instead of single serving packages.
- Buy cereal and yogurt in large containers instead of individuals servings.
- Save money by buying bottled water in large plastic jugs, instead of individual bottles.
- Buy large packages of sugar and flour.
Buy products in containers that you will be able to recycle.
- It is important to familiarize yourself with what types of containers and items can be recycled in your local program.
- Once you know what you can recycle, look for products that come in the containers that you know you will be able to recycle. Commonly recycled are containers made from aluminum, steel, #1 and #2 plastics.
- Most newspapers in Texas are printed on recycled-content newsprint. Contact TCEQ at 512.239.3100 to learn how much recycled material is used in your newspaper.
- Avoid non-recyclable items like foam containers and waxed cartons (ice cream & juice containers).
Products that can be reused are cheaper in the long run than those you throw away and buy over and over again. Goods that are designed to last a long time are also cheaper in the long run than those that wear out quickly.
Use rechargeable batteries in toys, flashlights and radios instead of disposables.
- Use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers.
- Switch to cloth napkins, sponges and cloth towels or wipes.
- Use plastic grocery bags to line waste baskets.
- Invest in reusable grocery bags or bring bags to the market, either cloth or old paper and plastic ones.
- Buy High quality/long life tires. They cost less per mile traveled and reduce the problem of disposing of used tires.
- Use a washable commuter mug for your morning coffee and eliminate using a styrofoam or plastic cup every day.
- Clean and service your appliances, computers, tools and cars, so that they will have longer useful lives. Before replacing them, check to see if they are repairable.