Refuse (no thanks)

The single biggest action you can take is to minimize the amount of waste that comes into your home. #SkipTheStuff

Make smarter purchasing decisions by considering the environmental impact of what you buy.

  • NRefuse single-use items such as cutlery, napkins, water bottles, black take-out containers (which are not recyclable).
  • NRefuse to buy wasteful or non-recyclable products.
  • NRefuse unnecessary product packaging.


The average American generates around 4.5 lbs. of garbage every day, and only 1 pound of that garbage gets recycled. (Source: EPA)

10 Actions to reduce waste in your daily life.

Refuse plastic utensils, straws, cups and sauce packets. 

Say “no” to free items that become instant waste: coupons, flyers, product samples, marketing freebies and swag.

Refuse a plastic/paper bag at the store; carry items by hand or bring your own bags.

Order takeout from restaurants that provide reusable containers (like Recirclable) and encourage your favorite restaurants to move towards Zero Waste.

Take pictures of business cards and pamphlets instead of accepting the physical item.

When dining out, bring your own reusable container to take home leftovers.

Refuse printed store receipts, (select an email option) they are often made with a thermal paper that contains BPA.

Say no to free bottles of water and use your own reusable water bottle instead.

Do not buy produce wrapped in plastic: Send a message to supermarkets, only choose products that aren’t wrapped in plastic or netting. Shop for produce at your local farmer’s market, greengrocers, local food co-op, or direct from the farm.

Avoid buying wasteful or non-recyclable products such as wrapping paper, bubble wrap, milk in wax coated containers, food in ‘sachets’ (single-use plastic pouches), etc.


Say no to what you don’t need.


Avoid single-use and unnecessary items.


Switch to reusable and permanent alternatives.


Compost organic household waste.


Recycling is the last resort.