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Waste Not December 14, 2007

No matter how green you think you are, there’s almost certainly room for improvement. Here are some dirty little habits that you might not even realize are inflating your carbon footprint while serving no vital purpose.


  • Running the faucet while brushing your teeth. Are you cleaning the sink while scrubbing your pearly whites? If not, turn it off until you need it again. Same goes for shaving, gentlemen!
  • Running the shower BEFORE you’re in it. We understand that you might need to let the water get warm, but making coffee while it warms up is a bit much! And while you’re at it, think about lathering, turning off the water, then turning it back on when rinsing.
  • Flushing tissue down the toilet. We know some people guilty of this (and I won’t mention any names publicly, but you know who you are!). Do you really need to blow your nose, throw the tissue in the toilet, and flush it? That’s up to 4 gallons down the drain — use the trash (and you could save some money too!)


  • Papering the seat on a public toilet (ladies!). There’s no harm in being cautious in public restrooms but next time try squatting. You’ll build thigh muscle and save paper!
  • Printing unnecessarily or on one side. Yes, even if you’re printing on recycled paper. This also applies to writing on one side of the page in your notebooks or pads!
  • Drinking from paper cups in the office kitchenette. Keep a reusable mug at your desk. Besides, washing it will give you an excuse to take a break from the daily grind.


  • Leaving lights on when you’re not in the room. Don’t worry, invisible people can see in the dark.
  • Buying plastic packaging. When you have a choice, buy products in glass, cardboard or metal packaging rather than non-recyclable plastic. Then be sure to recycle and you’ll save energy (see blog post entitled “Recycling Saves Energy”)!
  • Staring longingly into the fridge or leaving the door open. You’re not going to slow down global warming by letting cold air out of the refrigerator; in fact, you’ll do the opposite.

There are tons of other ways that you probably waste tons of carbon. Think about your day-to-day routine and how even the tiniest change might bring about huge results. And feel free to share fun ones with us!


One Response to “Waste Not”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Thank you for the post!

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