Source reduction, also known as waste prevention, is the practice of eliminating waste before it is created, or essentially, using less material to get the job done. It incorporates the design, manufacture, purchase or use of materials and products to reduce the amount or toxicity of what is thrown away.
The benefits of source reduction include reduced energy consumption and pollution, conservation of natural resources, extension of valuable landfill space, and substantial savings through reduced spending and disposal costs.
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Source Reduction Tips for Around Your Home
Purchase items in bulk or economy sizes
Purchase products in concentrated form
Purchase items in reusable containers
Purchase only those items that you need
Get more product for your dollar by purchasing items with the least amount of packaging
Purchase high-quality, long-lasting products
Repair older items rather than purchasing new ones
Reuse plastic or paper grocery bags when shopping or, better yet, use cloth or mesh bags
Use cloth towels, napkins and rags instead of disposable paper products that cannot be recycled
Avoid using disposable cups, plates and cutlery
Save bows, tissue paper, Styrofoam peanuts and boxes for gift wrapping
Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible
Return unwanted clothes hangers to the dry cleaners for reuse