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Eco Minute Agust 19, 2014

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Jem Sullivan
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Buy products with less packaging. This is the EM and I’m JM.  Packaging accounts for almost 30 percent of our waste.  Select products that are not wasteful in their packaging. A package just needs to protect the product from damage, keep it clean and sanitary, and present product information. Yet packaging can be far more elaborate (and expensive than necessary.  So follow these packaging-related tips:

Precycle by purchasing products in materials that can be easily recycled. Avoid single-serve containers whenever possible. And buy in "bulk" - this gives you the best "product to package" ratio.
 
Do this by buying from a store that lets you scoop out products from large bins or by selecting the largest size available.  This not only reduces the waste but it will also save you money. Packaging is expensive, so buying in larger volumes reduces the unit cost.   

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.