EcoUsable Ech2o Stainless Steel Filtered Water Bottle GIVEAWAY!

By Lynn Truong on 4 July 2009 440 comments
Photo: TreeHugger

I feel the same way about plastic water bottles as Andrea (read her Bottled Water, Bottled Hype series), and many others who feel that it's disturbing that over 60 million plastic water bottles go into landfills every day.  Even more disturbing are images like this one, showing the The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

 

It's a stew of trash floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, floating between California and Hawaii.

The impact of our actions is clear and striking. We can each do our small part in relieving the problem.

EcoUsable is here to help with that! They've created the Ech2o, the world's first stainless steel filtered water bottle. Um..it's a stainless steel water bottle...with a filter inside it!!  Get great-tasting, filtered water, anytime, anywhere! Drink from tap water, streams, rivers, lakes, and pools -- everything but salt water.

The filter not only reduces unpleasant taste, odor, chlorine, sand, and sediment, but also toxic chemicals, detergents, pesticides, and other harmful industrial and agricultural wastes. The 25 oz. bottles remove pollutants for up to 100 gallons, which lasts the average person about a year. Each bottle uses 304 food grade stainless steel that is non-leaching, BPA-free, reusable and lightweight!

Save money. Save the planet.  It's that simple.

To get you started, EcoUsable sent us three Ech2o filtered water bottles to give away to our Wise Bread readers. To enter, leave a comment about ways to reduce your plastic use. Drawing ends on July 20. Only open to U.S. residents aged 18 and over, void where prohibited. Only one entry per person will be counted.

This drawing has ended. Congrats to:  Sarah, Beceky, and John Meche

Don't forget. Even if you aren't one of the lucky winners, all Wise Bread readers can also get 10% off.

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alison

We almost never use sandwhich bags. We use reusable containers for our lunches and snacks. Every little bit helps!

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Diane

We carry reusable grocery bags; don't buy bottled soft drinks anymore (drink water instead!); reuse anything we can! A filtered water bottle would be great.

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John OBrien

My sister was kind enough to send us a bunch of hemp bags, they get used for more than just groceries, but that's where they save the most plastic bags.

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dreamer

reusable bags, tupperware containers, real plates, and anything else that's not disposable

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Buy everything you can in bulk!
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Guest

never never buy plastic water bottles!

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Christine

reusable bags while shopping

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Thomas I.

Reduce shrinkwrap & packaging; not everything needs to covered in plastic.

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Estrella

I take a lightweight plate, bowl, and Light My Fire spork to potlucks and celebrations so that I don't have to use plastic silverware or styrofoam.

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Kara

Oh No! Too much wrapping paper in the garbage that you can't fit anymore in? well here is a good way to use it all. It's also amusing to your kids! you can make papier Mache out of it!! all you need to do is get some glue add a little water, dip the strips of paper in it an make it into any form you want to!!

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maureen

use the backs of junk mail paper for lists, notes, etc. what you don't use, recycle.

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Samy

I couldn't give up soda, so i switched to cans. They cost more (I buy less) but are 90%+ recyclable.

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Chirs

* I use a Nalgene bottle for my water
* I buy the refillable mugs at places to eat
* I recycle containers within the house so as to minimize plastic purchases.

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Chirs

* I use a Nalgene bottle for my water
* I buy the refillable mugs at places to eat
* I recycle containers within the house so as to minimize plastic purchases.

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Guest

Love being green!

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twyla

How wonderful it is to hear my 6yr old daughter sing that phrase as if it were a popular children,s song.... We are making such headway with educating our younger generations in this concept and every, every little bit helps, but there is still so much to do. Do you realize that not just your actions but even word of mouth holds such an impact on people. You dont have to preach, but just idle conversation works miracles... don't give up, don't give in. Keep the fountain of knowledge about being green, even in the smallest ways in the smallest of minds flowing. Thank you!... Twyla Counts - South Beloit, Il

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Guest

Use wax paper instead of plastic, especially to reheat foods in the microwave.
Use a plate to cover leftovers in a bowl in the refrigerator.

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Michelle

Has anyone found a good water bottle replacement that is dishwasher safe? Many of the stainless ones I've run into are hand-wash only, which makes me waaaay less likely to deal with them. We had a nalgene with a very nice aftermarket lid for it, but lost the whole thing. Bonus points for: 30+ oz., fitting in a car cupholder, and being microwaveable for making tea on campus.

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Guest

I have always recycled and since I am a mom now, I am teaching my children this is not a task but rather a necessity and a way of life.

Would love to have one of these water bottles for my boys at camp.

thanks-

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Carol Wolf

It's somewhat new to me, but I'm really trying to use cloth bags for groceries. If I walk into the store without them, I'll march back to the car to retrieve the bags. There are some spacious and durable bags available for free or at a low cost.

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Luci

I've long avoided giving my kids soft drinks even though that's the "expected" drink at restaurants. Admittedly, they've had a LOT of bottled water in the meantime. But in the last few months, we're all learning to request a CUP of water from the restaurants (especially drive-up windows) rather than a bottle. I like to think of this as being my personal version of how, as children, we were taught not to litter.

(Gosh I hope I win one of those bottles. They look excellent!)

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Dr. Dolly

i re-use plastic yogurt containers for storing dried food goods, and to make my boxed laundry detergent more accessible. I have some heavy duty plastic containers shipped to us for nutritional supplements. My son likes to put his smaller toys in them. When he's older, I'll use them for various crafts like making toy drums. Re-use, be creative, and recycle!

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MAJ

plastic is so damn pervasive it is hard to eliminate.

particularly in our agribusiness mass feeding system.

we all need to support producers who use environmentally friendly -- plastic free -- packaging.

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Chuppy

More plastic waste is being found in oceans than in landfills (where paper waste is now predominant) according to scientists -check this link (http://discovermagazine.com/2008/jul/10-the-worlds-largest-dump/article_...) & the tiniest creatures (zooplankton) in the ocean now have plastic in their systems! We have a responsibility towards our Planet Earth - please use available resources & reuse & recycle whenever hygienically possible. Above all, take care to not waste anything; we even ask restaurants to not fill/refill water glasses over & over so as to not waste fresh, clean water!!

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Guest

Recycle especially cans

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Karen E

I no longer buy bottled water; instead I use sports bottles. I fill them the night before I go to work and stick them in the freezer or fridge. I also pack my lunch in reusable containers.

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Nicole Pfeil

This looks AMAZING! This is exactly what my family needs to reduce plastic useage. Whenever we go to the park or zoo we use plastic water bottles, so we could save money and our enviroment-2 great things in one! Thank you! Even if I don't win I will be buying a couple of these for my family.

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Mary A

Use non plastic reusable bags to carry snacks for your kids. Also if you do need to use plastic zipper type bags you can always wash and reuse them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Cate Sparks

If you think before you purchase, you may not have to recyle.. Look at the packaging to see if it can be recycled.. Write those manufacturers who don't use recycleable material and ask them to start.
I just wish the pharmacuical [sp - sorry] would start using some kind of bottle that was recyclable or at least biodegradable. PLEASE!

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Kate

When you order fast food request paper bags or a box for delivery - tell them to leave out the plastic utensils.

Aluminum foils is better for sandwiches than plastic bags - no mush factor

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Wayne

We reuse a plastic bottle that came with our water purifier.
We use glass bowls instead of plastic for storage and microwave .
We'll also reuse water bottles a few times before recycling them.

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Anna

I don't have any secrets. I use reusable grocery bags when I go shopping. If we use plastic utensils, we wash and re-use them until they break. I don't buy bottled water or soft drinks. We use plastic/glass cups at home and at work that can be washed and re-used. We recycle our plstic trash. We even re-use large plastic containers. One time a friend bought us bulk containers of pretzels and twizzlers. Once we finished eating them, we repurposed the containers for storage. One container holds my son's play-doh, and the other holds crayons. We try not to let anything go to waste.

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Anna

I don't have any secrets. I use reusable grocery bags when I go shopping. If we use plastic utensils, we wash and re-use them until they break. I don't buy bottled water or soft drinks. We use plastic/glass cups at home and at work that can be washed and re-used. We recycle our plstic trash. We even re-use large plastic containers. One time a friend bought us bulk containers of pretzels and twizzlers. Once we finished eating them, we repurposed the containers for storage. One container holds my son's play-doh, and the other holds crayons. We try not to let anything go to waste.

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Sarah

Grow your own veg, it saves on gas for trips to store and all those bags to put them in to weigh them in

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Benita G.

To reduce my plastic use I take canvas bags to the supermarket. Also, I filter and distill my own water, so I don't buy water in plastic bottles.

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Amy Jung

I never realized how important it was to make the world a better place until my DD was born. Now I try to bring re-usable bags to the store and limit the bottled water that I drink

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Rajee

To reduce plastic bags, I use earth friendly mini tote bags enough to hold 20 LB to shop grocery stores.

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ky2here

WE use cloth bags for the grocery.

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Edward Orsburn

Water bottle great for my oversea trips

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Darin Leadbetter

I always bring my own cup into places to use.

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Indymoney

I use paper grocery bags all the time. Also, I don't use store plastic bags for groceries. If I were to choose two items with same quality and one is a non-plastic cover or anything, I'll go for the reusable, eco friendly items. Also, Most of the items in my kitchen are metal containers. From cashewnuts, I don't buy anything in plastic bottles. I buy big tins instead of bottles or plastic covers.

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Lorelei

Buy bottled milk if you can and condiments and other items you use regularly in bulk to cut down on plastic packaging.

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Carole

We no longer by paper napkin, or paper towels. We only use cloth napkins, or bath clothes. What a big savings.

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ecky

dont use produce bags - or bring your own!

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Elizabeth

Some plasic containers and bottles can be used as planters.
For example, I am hoping to start an herb garden with some plasic bottles.

Also, I've seen a few people crochet cut up plasic bags into items like; hats, backpacks, and even skirts. Now that's recycling!

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Elizabeth

Some plasic containers and bottles can be used as planters.
For example, I am hoping to start an herb garden with some plasic bottles.

Also, I've seen a few people crochet cut up plasic bags into items like; hats, backpacks, and even skirts. Now that's recycling!

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Carol Ann

At least one string market bags lives in the bottom of my backpack in case I buy something while I'm out and about on the bus - two if I'm planning on shopping. The plastic bags that do come into the house are reused or go back on the next shopping trip as most grocery stores have collection points to recycle the bags - at my market into outdoor furniture.

Obviously reusable water bottles and (in order of preference) glass, metal or reusable plastic for food storage and take out. You should have seen the look I got when I handed the counter clerk a large tupperware container to prepare my takeout salad in - the styrofoam container would never have worked in my backpack anyway.

I've found that some of the free canvas grocery bags that you get at stores or conventions are really too small to be useful (and the handles too short) but I sometimes have one tucked in my backpack to hand to someone who has forgotten theirs or is having trouble with that old question - paper or plastic. The bag gets used and I've helped make a convert to the cause.

I also use the zipper bags that linens or cosmetics come in to organize storage. The large plastic zippered bags that my quilts came in hold the out of season quilts plus they can be on the shelf on their sides taking up less space. That plastic zipped bag that had samples of Burt's Bees products now holds my supply of shampoo/conditioner freebies so I have them available for travel or when there's too much month left at the end of the money to buy a bottle.

If you have really strong fingers, you can cut the grocery sacks into strips and crochet scrubbing pads. Or you could cut a couple of the same sized squares of platic canvas and use leftover yarn to lash three sides closed. Use the open side to tuck in a folded grocery sack (or two or a sandwich size bag or two) and get used to having that in your purse or totebag. That way you have them when you need them but they don't get all dirty or torn in the bottom of your bag. I even made one for facial tissues for in my backpack after I realized how much waste those "pocket packs" create and after thowing out unused tissue that had been twisted and torn in the bottom of the bag.

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Jacob LaFountaine

I use my own bags when shopping

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Carol Lawrence

I've gone back to tap water,saving lots of plastic bottles from the landfill. jelly15301@gmail.com

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GT0163C

I use reusable water bottles as much as I can, which is most of the time. I recently got a Tap Guard filter for my Nalgene bottle (made by Guyot Designs). That allows me to easily have water filtered (for taste only) when I travel somewhere that the tap water isn't great. It was wonderful to have on a recent trip to Florida and really cut down on my use of bottled water.

At work, I use my own ceramic mug for tea and other beverages rather than use a plastic or styrofoam cup.

I got a new lunch box not long ago and I think it's big enough to allow me to use reusuable containers for my lunch, rather than the sandwich bags that I was using (and reusing).

And I'm still working on trying to use reusable shopping bags rather than the ones the store gives me. I'm getting better at it.

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Misty

My parents stressed reusing, not littering and recycling to me when I was growing up in the 80s. This was relatively unheard of in my southern town! Now, I recycle everything that is possible. If I get a soda bottle or can at work, I take it home with me to recycle. When I lived in NE, they did not have facilities in my area. So I saved everything in the garage and drove to Iowa to recycle once every 2 weeks. Books and household items can go on freecycle or be donated. All cardboard packaging can be recycled if facilities exist. Finally, I carry a reusable water bottle (BPA free) as normal plastic bottles have been found to harbor bacteria after 2 or more uses. The good thing is that my son is learning my habits and at 20 months knows that cans and bottles go in the recycling bin! :)

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Abby

I just moved over to using stainless steel containers for my kids lunches instead of little baggies every day. Hope this little effort will help our planet!

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Jessica

I've been recycling more and more of my garbage - and I'd really like to have one of these awesome water bottles so we can stop buying so much bottled water! My hubby can't stand the water from the tap, and having bottled water is so convenient for us. To combat my guilt from the water bottles, we use the plastic water bottles at least 3 times before they go into the recycling - I will send my hubby to work with Orange Juice in the bottle to encourage him to not stop and buy some at a Fast Food restaurant. I will also buy powdered Gatorade and mix it up at home and fill up once-used plastic water bottles.

I've heard a good use for cardboard is a biodegradable weed barrier in your garden. I plan on making homemade insect traps out of used 2-liter bottles. I also have saved up many different recipes for home-made household cleaners and laundry detergent. This will keep me from purchasing a lot of plastic!

I also buy my shampoo in bulk, and refill the smaller bottles, and recycle the large bottles when empty.

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Jennifer M

We use our own bags for shopping, have only reusable metal and glass containers at home, and avoid disposable wraps and containers of all kinds. We also buy the largest sizes of grocery products.

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Megan B.

The two most obvious ones to me are using reusable shopping totes and reusing and recycling plastic bottles. When I make lunch I also don't wrap it in plastic, I put it in a tupperware container. Thanks for the giveaway!

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jan y koontz

i would love to be the winner, thank you

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JEANNIE

I hate all the plastic that surrounds us, even though some of it we couldnt do without. Our family re-uses ANY plastic container brought into this house and if we dont re-use it it is recycled. I always take my bags back to the grocery store and try to use the recycled/reusable bags most often. We do use reusable water bottles, so this would be awesome if I was to win one (especially with the filter-you can refill it anywhere!)
If I dont win I bookmarked the page and plan to purchase these.

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dianne

Using your own bags saves the environment from plenty of plastic.

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Guest

I have reusable shopping bags most of the time. What plastic bags I DO get are for Grandma's Depends. No, I'm not going to use cloth diapers on her, at 97. For years I stuffed a leather hassock with the bags. Takes a lot! When my kitten was injured and we needed litter, i used the containers to prop up tomatoes. When I take lunch to the guys at the shop, sandwiches go in a large Rubbermaid container-no wrappings. No compost as we have small flocks of goats and chickens. White vinegar makes a great floor cleaner and doesn't choke me up. Baking soda for bathroom fixtures and kitchen surfaces. Boxes are kindling.

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D Green

Do plastic Bottle leak Chemical into bottled water and
What Stainless Steel Cleaner. would you use on the Stainless Steel Bottles [shown top of page] as not to get chemicals in you drinking water.
This is one of the best comment site I have ever seen.

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D green

Do plastic Bottle leak Chemical into bottled water and
What Stainless Steel Cleaner. would you use on the Stainless Steel Bottles [shown top of page] as not to get chemicals in you drinking water.
This is one of the best comment site I have ever seen.

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Jaque

I am a vocational teacher. I started a recycling program with my students to limit our carbon footprints. We also cut paper into 4 squares to use as scratch pads for teachers and staff. We intend to expand our environmental program this upcoming school year creating a compost area.

These EcoUsable Ech2o bottles are fabulous!

Thank you. :-)

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Kimberly

I just got metal containers for bringing my sandwich to lunch every day. I used to use disposable bags, which were the worst, but even the tupperwear reusable containers made me feel bad.

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I reuse the plastic water bottles at work, and we buy the reusable shopping bags for the grocery.

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Doggal

I reduce my plastic usage by using a resuable metal container to take water along for my dog to drink when we go on hikes.

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AnnasMom07

At amusement parks, we buy the refillable souvenir mug. Dollywood is offering a special for the 2009 season: .99 refills!

We try to remember our reusable bags when we shop.

We use refillable water bottles instead of single-use water bottles.

We look for ways to reuse the plastic that does come into our home. Baby wipes boxes become crayon boxes, etc.

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Sharon Seneker

I try to recycle, reuse and share with others to reduce waste! I also walk around the country roads in my community and pick up trash. You wouldn't believe how many people litter! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

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Colleen

We try not to use plastic to lower our consumption level

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alycep

I am very conscious of my daily actions and try to reduce my footprint in everything I do. I turn appliances/lights off. I multitask and multi stop when I go out with the car. I always use the reusable grocery tote bage at the supermarket. I recycle Everything! I do not use plastic water bottles, opting for glass most of the time. I use fresh local products whenever possible.

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Joan Marie Carr

my kids have been taking their own bottles to the gym and sports instead of the plastic water bottles.

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Daniel M

always bring my own totes when grocery shopping

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Carolyn Ireland

Use reusable grocery bags at the store.

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Bryanna P.

Love the blue one!

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Sharon McCloud

I use Tupperware for food storage and lunches and we use cloth bags for groceries and I make my own shampoo and conditioners and we use bar soaps and I make out liquid soaps

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Danielle E.

At our house we use reusable bags for shopping, reusable bottles for water and we recycle everything we can.

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Molly K

I never buy bottles of water. We always use reuseable bottles that can be washed and reused.

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Karen Gonyea

I use canvas bags for everything :)

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todd baker

would love to try the water bottle

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Sherry E.

Instead of always buying individual water bottles, we buy the gallon jugs and fill up cups at home. Saves on plastic..big time!

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Brenda

Have been using reusable grocery bags for about a year now, just recently created our own recycle area, thanks for the giveaway

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blecky

sounds like a good product. You can reduce platic waste by not buying products with excessive packaging or by shopping in bulk with reuesd plastic bags. Say no to bottled water, pop or any beverage in plastic.

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Aniela R.

We try not to get plastic bags, but if we do, we reuse them.

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Eva Brandes

Take your own reusable cloth bags to carry your purchases when shopping!

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lace

we take our own grocery bags to the store that way we aren't bringing home any more plastic bags.

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Buy things that you use often in bulk. That way less packaging is used. Also, don't buy products or food that are individually wrapped.

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Marianna

Recycle! pack your lunch and drinks in reusable stainless steel containers instead of disposable plastic ones!

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Erma

Always use recycleables.

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Gabriel J.

I try to reuse them for other purposes

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Aisling

My husband and I eat out regularly and almost always have enough leftovers for another meal. Instead of taking them home in styrofoam containers (yuch!), I purchased some divided, covered, reusable containers that I take along to the restaurant and load up our own leftovers to carry home.

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adrian

We are trying to reduce plastic by using reusuable grocery bags.

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gloria mckellar

We don't purchase bottled water any more! We have a filtering system on our faucet. We also recycle plastic and reuse plastic food baggies.

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Bambi M

We reduce our plastic use by starting with plastic bags - we carry backpacks and reusable totebags to the store and fill that rather than getting everything bagged in plastic - it saves us a LOT of plastic bags!

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Guest

Ways to reach the "normal" person out there....not, the greenie. All water bottles can be recycled; however, currently they are ending up in the landfill. First things first, solve problem 1. People's laziness. Either people throw away their water bottles because they don't have a recycling can in their house or one available when out in the public. Stress creating two cans in the house...one for trash and one for recycling. Its amazing to see that I have more recycling than trash each week. Also, along the way, stress how important a reusable water bottle is for reducing the recycling/trash output.

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jjampm

Remember that man made materials like polyester, vinyl, and nylon are basically plastic! I try to buy clothing and shoes and bags that have as much natural material as possible. ie, cotton, canvas, leather, cork, linen, bamboo, anything that will break down naturally.

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Michelle

Use fabric grocery bags for shopping

For one or two items just carry them out

reuse ziplock bags or use tupperware

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Amy L

I've been using more glass jars & containers for food storage. My boss provides bottled water for us, but I bring my own re-usable container of water from home. I'm buying less products that come in plastic containers, opting for glass & cardboard & recycling.

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Chrysa

Instead of using plastic baggies for food, use reusable storage containers.

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Danielle

I always save and reuse my plastic tupperware containers!

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Laureen

Instead of using one plastic bag per kitty litter cleaning, I use an emptry dry cat food bag to collect the dirty litter and dispose of the bag only once it is full. (It doesn't smell since it has a nice seal...it has to keep the cat food fresh, right? ;)

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oona b

We pack a cloth napkin, reusable water bottle and food containers in my daughter's lunch. We buy bulk items rather than individually wrapped snacks to cut down on waste.

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com