Colgate’s new recyclable toothpaste tube is nearly ready. It took 5 years to develop — WGNO

Toothpaste tubes currently on the market are impossible to recycle because the mix of plastics and aluminum contained in them. Soon, you may be able to toss your used-up toothpaste tube in the blue bin. Colgate said it has finalized a design for a “first-of-its kind recyclable toothpaste tube.” The change is part of the company’s efforts to have all of its products use recyclable packaging by 2025.

Colgate’s new recyclable toothpaste tube is nearly ready. It took 5 years to develop — WGNO

water + bottle

photo by jonathan chang

Disposable water bottles are so. Darn. Convenient. Do you ever grab a water bottle- and then not finish it? Do you bring plastic water bottles to share at kids’ sporting events…when most of them already have their own? Every day in the US, over 60 million bottles stack up in landfills and incinerators. Every day. Use your reusable water bottles when you can.

national energy efficiency day

photo by thomas kelley

October 2nd is National Energy Efficiency day https://www.energyefficiencyday.org/, which is supported by local governments, corporations & utilities, universities and other organizations. Join the crowd- change a light bulb, turn down your hot water heater and check for leaky windows and drafty doors (among other things). Make every day an energy efficiency day!

greener bills

photo by sharon mc cutcheon

I do like the feel of  a paper bill in my hot little hand, but I ‘m trying to change my unnecessary and trash-producing ways. And heads up, I just took a closer look at one of my utility bills, and they have a monthly charge for sending snail mail! Remember, you can get an electronic notification and pay however you want.

buy less food

photo by phuc long

Picture this: farmer plows and plants seeds, waters, protects, and harvests plants. And more, I’m sure. The harvest gets shipped to a grocery store. You buy fruit/veggies/meat/cheese and take it home. Time goes by. Food rots in fridge. You throw it away. Sanitation worker takes it to landfill.

How to change the end of this sad story? Buy less every week and commit to eating what you have.  What could be easier? For those of us who aren’t perfect, make the compost bin plan B.  

PLASTIC BAGLESS QUIZ:

photo by anna tukhfatullina

Rate yourself on your plastic bag use:

Novice: You decline a bag if you can stick your purchase in a pocket or purse.

Intermediate: You’re usually ready with reusable bags in your car. If you do take bags,  you reuse them for trash at home.

Pro: You’re never without a reusable bag. You also gift them to people who don’t have any themselves!

bag reduction

photo by silvie tittel

If you can’t go cold turkey and never use another plastic bag, reduce when you can. Keep a couple of reusable shopping bags in the car so you’re always ready.

Think you’re the only one packing your stuff? Look around at the checkout counter- you could be pleasantly surprised. Or be the trailblazer in your community. If others see you doing it, they might too!