We may have been taught it's rude to refuse a gift, but in an effort to be more environmentally conscious, there are circumstances where it's OK. Is a store offering a free gift with purchase? If you really don't want it, politely decline. Is an online order offering to upgrade your shipment to overnight delivery for free? Opt out if you don't need it right away and stick with the more fuel-efficient ground shipping option instead. And when you have a special occasion like a birthday, ask for waste-free things like plants for a garden or edible things you can all share.
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