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Using disposable plates, napkins, towels, or utensils at home

Disposable products are an expensive habit around the house—both in terms of dollars and environmental resources. Petroleum is used in making most of these products and is also involved in the shipping of these products. As well, many of them are associated with serious, negative health effects from the super-toxin dioxin which is released when paper products are bleached to the endocrine disrupting (hormone-messing) effects of many plastics (vinyl and Styrofoam have some of the most dangerous human health effects of the plastics). As well, most of these products are not recyclable. A family getting out of the papertowel habit (using more than one roll a week) alone can save more than $50 a year.

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