There is little, if any, evidence showing that bottled water is any better for you than good ol' water out of the tap. If the taste of your tap water doesn't thrill you, drink filtered water from your fridge, or use a filtered pitcher, such as those made by Brita.
This goes for wine, olive oil, pasta and any other food that is made just as well in the United States, because it has a shorter distance to travel, requiring less gasoline. Just read the label.
Most grocery stores now label the country of origin for produce items. Local is more eco-friendly because it doesn't have to travel those long distances in temperature-controlled environments.
Keep it convenient and discreet by placing the recycle bin in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Recycle corrugated cardboard and glass, as well as plastics with a number one or two symbol.
Recycling centers are so busy that they do not have time to remove and sort the caps from your bottles, so those bottles just get added to the landfill. Before you toss it, remove the cap from your soda bottle, milk jug or medicine bottle, because each piece is made of different material.
If you keep forgetting to use your cloth grocery bags, many grocery stores now collect your old plastic bags for recycling. These programs accept dry cleaning bags, too.
While beef offers many important nutrients, cows leave a larger carbon footprint on the planet than other protein sources. Mix up your meals with free-range chicken, wild salmon, canned light tuna, and beans and legumes.
If you don't have a use for all that bubble wrap and paper stuffing -- and those foam peanuts from your last online specialty food shopping spree -- mailing stores such as UPS are happy to take it off your hands to reuse it.
Do you know how long that gigantic box of TV dinners has been in your freezer? It takes a lot of energy to keep these foods frozen, whether you're home or out of town.
Which do you think is heavier: One tea bag or a bottle of tea? The dry pouches not only take up less space on a truck, but they also weigh much less per serving, saving on the amount of gasoline needed to transport your favorite drink from the manufacturer to your kitchen.
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