1. Use one less napkin a day (or go to cloth, even better!)
"One of those simple things you can do is to reduce your use of paper napkins…by just one a day! "Napkins make a huge difference," Elizabeth says. "We use 2,200 of them a year, per person on average. Six a day. So if we all gave up one napkin a day, we could save a billion pounds of paper waste … from going to landfills a year."
One thing I have done is made a basket full of all the left over party napkins we have. Charlie loves getting to pick out a different napkin at each meal and all these random napkins are now getting used!
2. Use cloth bags for shopping. We throw away more than 380 BILLION plastic bags a year!!
Here's what Oprah has to say:
"It's a question you're asked all the time, "Paper or plastic?" What's the environmentally correct answer? Simran says it's really, "Neither." More than 380 million plastic bags are thrown away in the United States every year, and those plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade in landfills. And while paper bags do eventually biodegrade, an estimated 14 million trees a year have to be cut down to make 10 billion paper bags."
3. Change your lightbulbs!
This is from Oprah:
If every family replaced one bulb with a CFL, Simran says it would be like reducing carbon emissions from 800,000 cars. "I'm asking [America] to have a lightbulb moment and change out one lightbulb!" she says.