02/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

5 Steps To Reducing All The Wasteful Packaging In Your Life

1. Evaluate a product's packaging using these simple questions
-- Is it without packaging or minimally packaged?
-- Is the packaging marked as containing recycled material?
-- Is the packaging material readily recyclable (i.e. aluminum, steel, glass, unwaxed paper, PET or HDPE plastic.)?

2. Reuse packaging: Why spend money on Tupperware and disposables? Yogurt and margarine tubs, for example, work just as well.

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