Do you create lists when you go to the grocery store? That’s one of the tips that we should all follow. Not only does it help you become more organized, it also helps you make some savings. But, have you ever heard of an “unshopping list”?
I came across this idea at Green America, where listed down things that one should NOT buy again. Ever. You can see the full list by clicking on that link, but here’s a quick rundown.
- Styrofoam cups. That includes other things made of styrofoam.
- Paper towels. It might be difficult to adjust without paper towels in the kitchen, but you’ll get used to rags after a while.
- Bleached coffee filters. White may seem nicer, but you don’t really need coffee filters to be bleached anyway.
- Teak and mahogany. Furniture made from these trees are highly prized, but the impact on the world’s rainforests is horrific. Do not encourage these practices, buy wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
- Conventional household cleansers. It may be easier to just grab whatever you can at the supermarket, but do try to look for vegetable-based cleansers and other similar products that are biodegrable.
- Gas with too high an octane rating. You don’t really need a high octane rating for you car. Not only does this kind of gasoline emit more pollutants, but your car may even suffer for it.
- Plastic eating utensils. It is tempting, especially if you are going on a picnic or you have tons of people coming to your house. But then again, it you can avoid using these non-biodegradable items, you will be doing your share in helping the environment.
Think of something else that should be in your unshopping list?
Photo credit: Jordanhill School D&T Dept