The purpose of "Use Less Stuff" is to raise awareness of the garbage produced in America between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. The estimated extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage.
Through education and collaboration with many individuals and organizations worldwide, Just-Use-Less aims to share the message of common sense, timeless wisdom, and gratitude for what we have been given. Just Use Less.
Ways to Use Less Stuff
During the Holidays and Any Time
Plan meals using portion control to minimize waste.
|After a party, put leftovers in plastic containers or bags and send them home with guests, or donate to food banks.|
|Bring your own camera instead of using disposable cameras.|
|Cancel mail-order catalogs you no longer use.|
|Bring your own shopping bags.|
|Consolidate your purchases into one bag rather than getting a new bag at each store.|
|Plan your shopping in advance. Save money on fuel by making fewer trips to the stores. Avoid last-minute shopping when you won’t have time to make careful gift choices.|
|Consider giving gift certificates or making a donation to a favorite charity in your friend/family's name.|
|Give homemade food or something you’ve made yourself from reused items.|
|Shop for gifts at antique stores, estate sales, or flea markets since one person’s trash is another’s treasure.|
|When buying electronics, remember to buy rechargeable batteries to go with them.|
|Send e-greetings to family, friends, and business associates who are online. Did you know about 2.65 billion Christmas cards are sold annually in the US?|
|Get a tree that can be planted or mulched afterward, or buy an artificial one.|
|Compost your food waste. Fruits and vegetables and their peels, pits, and seeds are perfect for composting, a great natural fertilizer.|
Keep America Beautiful believes each of us holds an obligation to preserve and protect our environment. Through our everyday choices and actions, we collectively have a huge impact on our world. Keep America Beautiful follows a practical approach that unites citizens, businesses, and government to find solutions for preventing litter, reducing waste, and beautifying communities.