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Choose a reusable bags, fair trade, fair trade bag, eco-friendly 

bags, eco, recycled bags, recycled plastic bottles, reusable shopping 

bags.


Choose a reusable bags, fair trade, fair 

trade bag, eco-friendly bags, eco, recycled bags, recycled plastic 

bottles, reusable shopping bags.


Choose a reusable 

bags, fair trade, fair trade bag, eco-friendly bags, eco, recycled bags, 

recycled plastic bottles, reusable shopping bags.
  • Reduce your paper consumption by replacing paper napkins with cloth napkins, and paper towels with a set of specified cloth towels that can be washed and reused. Leave messages for family members or roommates on a reusable message board rather than on paper notes.

  • Instead of using new wrapping paper on gifts, use old maps, the Sunday comics, reusable gift bags, new cloth dish towels, decorated paper bags, colorful pieces of fabric, or a reusable shopping bag. You'll find many inexpensive reusable shopping bags here at Twelve Rivers that would serve as a gift within a gift!

  • While shopping, if you only buy a few products skip the shopping bag. For larger purchases, bring your own. Twelve Rivers has many beautiful options from which to choose. Remember, select bags you love. You’ll be more likely to use them often.

  • Whenever possible, take a non-disposable lunch. Use a reusable carrier such as a cloth bag or lunchbox rather than paper bag, reusable food containers, a thermos for drinks, and silverware and a cloth napkin to wash and reuse.

Choose a reusable 

bags, fair trade, fair trade bag, eco-friendly bags, eco, recycled bags, 

recycled plastic bottles, reusable shopping bags.
  • Switch from disposable to reusable products, such as food and beverage containers, cups and plates for get-togethers, cloth diapers, cloth cleaning towels, and fabric shopping bags.

  • Donate toys your children have outgrown to local churches, day cares, and pediatricians’ offices.

  • Use both sides of each piece of paper -- for note taking or printing documents from your computer.

  • Pick up books from a used book store or your local library. Not only can you find magazines, CDs, books-on-tape, and videos available for checking out, but often libraries will have these used items for sale.

  • Purchase rechargeable batteries and a battery recharger (some battery rechargers will also recharge regular alkaline batteries).

Choose a reusable 

bags, fair trade, fair trade bag, eco-friendly bags, eco, recycled bags, 

recycled plastic bottles, reusable shopping bags.
  • Instead of styrofoam packing peanuts, use paper from your paper shredder as packing material.

  • Call your city or township offices for local recycling guidelines and find out what local companies recycle those products not handled by your city pickup.

  • Create designated holding "bins" for each type of recycled product and place in convenient locations in your home/garage.

  • In general, try to buy products made from recycled material as often as possible to support the recycled product market. When purchasing paper products, look for paper that has been recycled using a minimum of 50% post-consumer waste.

Choose a reusable 

bags, fair trade, fair trade bag, eco-friendly bags, eco, recycled bags, 

recycled plastic bottles, reusable shopping bags.
  • If possible, consider biking, taking public transit, or carpooling to work to reduce the amount of fuel expended.

  • Fix water leaks promptly. Check your water meter when no one is using water in the house. If it's moving there's a leak, which might be a running toilet or a dripping faucet.

  • Reduce standby power (the energy used while an appliance is switched off or not performing) at home and at work. The easiest way is to unplug appliances that are not being used consistently.

  • Whenever possible, keep lights off during the day. Encourage family members to get in the habit of turning off lights when they leave a room.

  • Avoid wasting water. Turn off the water faucet while brushing your teeth. Try to keep showers to under 5 minutes. Switch to low flow or dual flush toilets. Keep a water pitcher near your sink or bathtub and collect unused water running from the tap (waiting for cooler or warmer water) for watering houseplants.


Choose a reusable bags, fair trade, fair 

trade bag, eco-friendly bags, eco, recycled bags, recycled plastic 

bottles, reusable shopping bags.


Helpful suggestions to get you started in your efforts are:
  1. First and foremost, create the habit of using reusable shopping bags rather than accepting plastic bags or asking for paper bags from our retail stores. Old habits are difficult to break. Commit to making the change. Research shows new habits can be developed within 21 days. You can do this!
  2. Purchase reusable bags you love! When you choose bags you find irresistible, you’ll enjoy using them and increase the likelihood of a long-lasting habit.
  3. Choose two styles of reusable bags: compact and larger totes. The compact bags can slip into your handbag or backpack so they’re always with you when you need them. Store the larger totes in your car and grab them before you head into a store for several purchases. By having both bag styles, you’re always prepared.
  4. The most impacting choice comes in selecting bags made in the USA or by an established fair trade company. By purchasing bags manufactured domestically, you’re helping revive our economy. With bags produced through overseas Fair Trade, you may simply enable a woman to feed her children daily or a man to care for his family so his children can go to school rather than work. Commit to purchasing bags made in the USA and through Fair Trade because the extra expense ensures artisans are treated with respect and paid fairly for their work.
  5. Further commitment comes in considering the fiber and fabric your reusable bags are made with. If given the choice of the same bag style in a synthetic, natural, or recycled fiber, choose bags made from natural (cotton, linen, hemp) or recycled materials. Natural fibers are biodegradable and sustainable, and recycled fabrics keep trash out of our landfills. Be sure to look for verification of the recycling company or the registered name of the recycled fabric since, unfortunately, many imported fabrics are being labeled as recycled when they are indeed not.
  6. When choosing bags, avoid the nonwoven polypropylene fabric. This fiber is a form of plastic that requires eight times the energy to produce as a paper sack, and nearly 28 times as much as the plastic used in standard disposable bags. Polypropylene is also extremely difficult to recycle since it requires additional chemicals to make the recycled material strong enough to be functional.

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