Reduce, reuse, recycle and ... refuse? Yes, refuse! We’re taught to be polite, and we often think it’s rude to refuse the stack of napkins, plastic utensils or the plastic bag given out at the takeout restaurant. But if you don’t want it, why take it? Learn to make a habit of ordering things and adding “I don’t need a bag” or “No straws or napkins for me, please.” The reality is, it’s not considered rude to refuse things that will end up in the trash. And if it’s a small business, they’ll probably appreciate it because they’re saving money, too.
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