Wasteful Things We Can Live Without:

Everything Styrofoam! Stamp out styrofoamPlastic wrap — Instead, use a container with a lid.

Tin foil — Use an oven-safe pot or dish with a lid.Disposable cleaning cloths, dusters, etc. — Use a microfiber cloth that can be washed.

Paper towels — Use a tea towel, instead.

Disposable pens — Buy a good pen that only needs the ink well changed.

Paper plates — Washing dishes may be an effort, but it’s worth it.

Plastic cutlery — Use the metal stuff.

Disposable razors -Invest in a razor that only needs the blades changed.

Packaged fruits and vegetables. Produce does not need to be packaged.

Individually wrapped snacks — Snacks travel better anyway in a hard container.

Juice boxes — Put juice in a reusable container (not plastic).

Electric pencil sharpeners — Use the hand-crank version of days gone by.

Disposable diapers — Cloth diapers aren’t that much more difficult to use.

Disposable cloths — Fabric cloths can be washed regularly to avoid bacterial or viral build-up.

Paper or plastic single-use grocery bags — Get a few reusable bags.

Bottled water — Install a water filter on your tap or pick up a water jug with a filter.

Non-rechargeable batteries — Make the investment for rechargeable batteries and you’ll save money in the long run.

Electric can openers — Use a little muscle.

Single-serving pudding or yogurt cups — Buy a large container of yogurt or make your own pudding, and send it in a reusable container.

Plastic cups — Stick to reusable cups.

Disposable table cloths — Spills are a reality of life; just clean them up as they happen.

Antibacterial wipes — If you must, use a gel hand sanitizer.

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