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Published on July 18th, 2007 | by Noelle dEstries

Top 42 Ways to Stop Making Trash

This list comes via the excellent No Impact Man. He’s got an great list of 42, here are the top 10…

1- No soda in cans (which means we’re probably less likely to get cancer from aspartame).
2- No water in plastic bottles (which means we get to keep our endocrines undisrupted).
3- No coffee in disposable cups (which means we don’t suffer from the morning sluggishness that comes from overnight caffeine withdrawal).
4- No throwaway plastic razors and blade cartridges (I’m staging the straightedge razor comeback).
5- Using non-disposable feminine-hygiene products that aren’t bad for women and are good for the planet.
6- No Indian food in throwaway takeout tubs.
7- No Italian food in plastic throwaway tubs.
8- No Chinese food in plastic throwaway tubs.
9- Taking our own reusable containers to takeout joints (except that now we’re eating local so this tip is out for us).
10- Admitting that we sometimes miss Indian, Italian and Chinese takeout.

If you are not familar with No Impact Man, here’s the basic breakdown of his experiment in green living…

we’ve broken down our lives into six areas and tried to figure out how to live with as low an impact as possible in each area. The six areas are: trash (as in we try to make none), carbon-producing transportation (as in we don’t use it), inconspicuous consumption (as in we buy nothing new), sustainable eating (as in our food all comes from within 250 miles or less), reduced power use (as in we use almost none), and environmentally-friendly water use (as in we’re still figuring that bit out).

[No Impact Man]

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