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Reducing Waste

Practice systems thinking
 Plan your meals before you shop. Consider what you want to cook for the week then check your cupboards and refrigerator, then buy only what you need.  Remember: stick to your list!!
 Plan leftovers in advance. Consider what you can do with leftover food and but accordingly
     
Encourage self-sufficiency
 Add old clothes and jewelry to a box and give it to the kids to use as a dress-up kit.
 Make wrapping part of the gift, for example you can hide jewelry in a pair of gloves.
 Give gifts that encourage others to use less stuff, for instance give books that describe how to make crafts from re-useable items or a cookbook for leftovers.
 Be a good example, give gifts that you made from reused items or homemade food.

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