10 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Waste Every Day
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10 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Waste Every Day

1. Take notes electronically. It cuts down on paper waste and helps you be more organized.

2. Go Thrifting. The next time you need to hit up the mall, try stopping by a thrift store first. You might find something unique for a steal and it's greener than buying something brand new.

3. Love your leftovers. Food waste is a major problem in the U.S., with USDA estimating that about  30-40% of our food ends up in the trash.

4. Go reusable. Speaking of leftovers, be sure to use reusable containers when you pack your lunch. Paper towels, paper plates and plastic baggies create a lot of waste.

5. Make meatless Mondays a thing.  According to the University of Oxford, cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73 percent.

6. Go paperless. Unsubscribe from catalogs and junk mail and choose paperless billing statements whenever possible.

7Switch up your scrub. Microbeads in many scrubs can end up in the ocean. Switch to a sugar scrub.

8. Recycle. The city of Memphis offers a recycling program and has multiple drop off locations.

9. Say no to plastic straws. Reusable straws are affordable and readily available online. Traditional plastic straws can end up in the ocean, creating major hazards for sea creatures.

10. Download the Memphis Zoo app. For maps and information, check out our app. This will help reduce the number of paper maps we hand out.

Posted by Joseph Miner at 4:27 PM