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Eco Minute: February 27, 2015

Jem Sullivan

What do you carry with you?  Here are some suggestions.  It’s easy to cut down on disposables if you plan ahead.  In your car you should keep reusable bags so you don’t have to take plastic bags when you shop.  After you unload them, hang them on the front door to remind you to bring them back to the car.  Also carry a traveling cup for coffee or a drink when you’re on the road and a stainless steel bottle for water – it’s better for you and the planet to avoid plastic bottles.

Carry a set of reusable utensils to keep from using plastic ware that after you use it will just sit in the landfill for hundreds of years.  Wrap them in a towel or napkin that you can use instead of paper products.  I also keep a reusable container to bring home my leftovers from restaurants – way better than plastic foam.      

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.