Cereal Box Rule

Whenever we finish a box of cereal, we cut the front and back panels from the box and keep them in a file in a cupboard.  I’m always surprised by how much of this material we use when we get the desire to make something.

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is an order of priority.  Not consuming so much in the first place is best (having a bulk food supplier nearby that allowed for bringing our own containers would be ideal).  Reusing the cereal boxes is preferable to recycling them – which is better than going in the landfill, but still energy intensive.  If what you make is going to go into the trash at some point – that’s the time to recycle.

While these terms are commonplace today – I notice a lot of people using them improperly.  Reusing isn’t recycling – when handled responsibly it is usually an intermediate step on the way to recycling.

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