From big to small changes, there are many ways you can reduce waste. Over time, you may find that you save money too!
- Repair broken or damaged items whenever possible. You’ll save money, resources and support local businesses.
- Pack your lunch or snacks in reusable containers.
- Kick the bottled water habit by drinking delicious Central Oregon tap water from a refillable bottle.
- Learn a few simple sewing tricks like mending or hemming, or take things to a tailor for clothing repairs.
- Replace disposable items such as napkins and paper towels with cloth napkins and dishtowels.
- Consider using a cloth diaper service or one of the new easy-to-use washable diapers rather than disposables for your little ones.
- Invest in rechargeable batteries and a charger. (Remember to recycle those batteries!)
- From fresh herbs to healthy chickens for eggs, growing or raising your own food helps curb kitchen waste.
Rent, Borrow or Share
- Consider sharing or renting things like tools, machines, or other supplies with friends, neighbors or coworkers rather than investing in new ones for one time projects.
- The local library is sharing in action. The Deschutes Public Libraryhas an excellent online system for finding and renting books, CDs and DVDs.
- Opt out of junk mail by calling the business’ 800 number or visit DMA Choice to opt out of specific categories of junk mail.
- Create scratch pads by reusing the backsides of used paper.
- Utilize technology. Scan, email and utilize online programs for document storage, banking, bill paying and many other routine transactions.
- Opt out of receiving phone books through Yellow Pages Opt Out.
- Subscribe to digital online versions of newspapers and magazines.