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TRY TO BUY PRODUCTS WITH MINIMAL TO NO PACKAGING
If just one out of 10 products you bought had little or no packaging, it would eliminate more than 50 pounds of waste per household per year. This small reduction could also save you at least $30 annually, as $1 of every $11 that you spend at the supermarket pays for the packaging of products you buy. If every household did this, 5.5 billion fewer pounds of waste would enter landfills. This is enough garbage to cover all of New York City's Central Park to a depth of 27 feet.

As a working mother, finding easy and effective ways to be helpful and make an impact is key. I don't have time, nor am I the type, quite honestly, that is going to the green-extreme. You won't find me hugging a tree anytime soon for a cause (although I did try it once on a hike, and it did feel good!), and I don't have a stationary bike in my closet to power the electricity for my house. Nothing wrong with doing that—it's just not the way I get things done in my green-world. I like to make changes that make it possible for me to not only save time and money but also make it easy to lead by example, especially as a mother.

PACK A WASTE-FREE LUNCH
Try to eliminate plastic bags, plastic utensils, disposable containers, paper napkins and those brown paper bags. Instead, use a reusable lunch box, reusable drink containers, cloth napkins and silverware. You could save $250 a year and as much weight in waste as the average 9 year old (which is about 45 pounds)!

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