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Using reusable containers, instead of single-use disposable brown bags, of course, is a garbage-reducing no-brainer, especially considering that U.S. residents, businesses, and institutions produced more than 245 million tons of trash in 2005 alone, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Just be sure to avoid lead-containing vinyl lunch boxes.
If you want to give your future honors student a real head start, forget the mini-packs of Cheetos and Doritos. Apples, oranges, bananas, and other fruit are heathful, waste-free snackables that come with their own compostable wrapping. For extra credit, instead of throwing out enough plastic zippered baggies to smother a herd of rhinos, consider a reusable option such as the Wrap-n-Mat, which you can easily wipe down or toss into the wash. ::Gaylord Herald
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