How to Control Junk Mail and Go Green

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Waste is a fact, a reality we have to and want to deal with. For go green month on Momtrends we have been working with GLAD to learn some innovative ways to waste less. My goal? I want to know how to control junk mail and go greener.

Through this relationship, we had the pleasure to learn some tips from Keiko Veasey, an eco-expert and founder of Linden Hills EcoParents, a neighborhood-based group, on how to go green in our neighborhood.

  • Contact your municipality or hauler to make sure you fully understand what can (and can't) be recycled and choose recyclable items.
  • Look around for local (or mail-in) recycling programs for items that may not be collected by your municipality. Terracycle and Preserve's Gimme5 program are great examples. You can also download Glad's free Smart Trash app, which will show you where to recycle items in your area.
  • Get your name off the junk mail lists. Direct Marketing Association represents over 3,500 businesses & organizations that send direct mail, and you can register online for free to get off their list https://www.catalogchoice.org/ This will help waste less outside the kitchen too.
  • Avoid disposal or single-use items. Consider repairable items instead. It'll save waste (and money) in the long-run.
  • Designate one are in your kitchen to keep three cute bins for trash, recycling and compost. Since most of the waste is created in the kitchen this will help you have a one stop shop that's organized and doesn't take up a lot of room.

Beyond the Bags: Glad's Sustainable Efforts

GLAD is also committed to helping consumers have a waste-less homes by providing responsible waste management solutions, and also by being responsible their own waste with the following efforts:

REDUCE EFFORTS:

  • Reducing both environmental resources that go into making bags and plastic that comes out of the manufacturing process
  • Saving energy and waste by including wide-spec resin (the raw' form of plastic) in trash bags, which might otherwise be reworked or scrapped by reside suppliers
  • Reducing packaging materials for trash bag products, significantly decreasing use of paper board and improving freight efficiency
  • Conducting dumpster dives at Glad plants--literally digging through our trash to see if we could reduce waste to find ways to significantly reduce our solid waste.

RECYCLE EFFORTS:

  • Leading the development of bags for recycling and composting
  • Making recycling and composting bags available in local stores when communities are ready to commit
  • Providing education and enabling consumers to recycle through our 25-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, a non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention, waste reduction and community greening.

REUSE EFFORTS:

  • Reusing nearly all rejected product or scrap plastic, and sending what we cannot use to a third party for recycling.
  • Encouraging consumers to reuse through programs with charity partners, including reusing toys for kids in need, reusing winter coats and accessories for families in need, reusing electronics for families after disasters, such as fires or floods.

ROT/COMPOST EFFORTS:

  • Working with local municipalities to help drive increased composting and partner on pilot composting programs in existing and new markets

For more information, please visit: http://www.glad.com/waste-less/

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given samples.

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