Reduce

  • Before buying something, ask yourself if you need it
  • Bring your own bags when you go shopping
  • Try to avoid items that have a lot of packaging
  • Buy in bulk, or economy-sized packages and refill your containers when possible
  • Avoid disposable and single-use products (cameras, cutlery, dishes, napkins, batteries, paper towels, sandwich bags, cling-film, etc.)
  • Avoid single serving-sized products—save money and reduce waste by bringing your milk or juice to school in a reusable container
  • Bring your own mug when you get a coffee to go
  • Bring your own storage containers for left-overs when you dine out
  • Reduce the amount of addressed ad-mail you receive by registering your name with the Canadian Marketing Association
  • Post a ‘No Junk mail or Fliers’ sign on or in your mailbox
  • Think twice before printing documents.  If you must print, print on both sides of the paper
  • Buy durable goods, and repair them when possible
  • Use the public library
  • Avoid buying products that contain toxic materials