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I have learnt a lot along the way. Things like, you actually don't need to line your bins with plastic bags. And you don't even need to use plastic wrap because there are better ways to wrap sandwiches and store food (you can even make your own if you are so inclined). And you can even move through life without a ziplock bag (although I haven't conquered that habit yet).
And because this challenge helped me with my decluttering uber-challenge, I thought I would follow up with another eco-friendly, space saving one.
This one comes from the G-Magazine Online blog and it is all about going paperless. Not entirely paperless but reducing disposable paper.
I start this challenge with the following habits in place:
- About half of my bills are emailed (not posted)
- We only use recycled toilet paper
- We only use recycled printing paper
- We only use recycled paper towel
- We use the kid's paintings as gift wrap
- I rarely buy magazines or newspapers - I tend to read online or at other people's places!
- Changing as many of our bills to online
- Getting a 'no junk mail' sticker for our mailbox (have you noticed how much junk mail we get these days? My boys love the toy catalogues, but I figure I can subscribe to those online and just not get the rest of the stuff that gets loaded into our mailbox)
- Finding alternatives to using paper towels in the kitchen
- Ditching tissues in favour of handkerchiefs (once our current stash is finished)
- Cancelling the yellow pages directory and using online directories instead (I didn't know you could cancel them? Apparently you phone 1800 008 292).