The Four R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle



Jan. 2011 Trying to use less, want less, waste less… Today I created an account with to reduce the HUGE amount of paper mail I receive.

“DMAchoice™ is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail. This site is part of a larger program designed to respond to consumers’ concerns over the amount of mail they receive, and it is the evolution of the DMA’s Mail Preference Service created in 1971.

For the purposes of this site, direct mail is divided into four categories: Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You can request to start or stop receiving mail from individual companies within each category—or from an entire category at once.”

I discovered a useful blog- The Zero Waste Home This family is light years ahead of most of us on reducing waste.  Bea and her family were the subject of a lovely Sunset Magazine (West Jan 2011) “The zero-waste home


Among other feats, Bea’s closet is as close to perfect as I could dream.  She  keeps 7 tops, 7 pants, 2 skirts and 7 pairs of shoes. Same idea goes for  her husband and two sons. Each has 7 casual tops, 1 dress shirt, 4 bottoms, 3 pairs of shoes, & 1 pair of pajamas per season).   My goal this year is to develop a mindset that will allow my closet to more closely resemble hers by year end.

Thanks for the inspiration!


Feb 2011





Great re-use/upcycle project for Valentine’s Day!



3 thoughts on “The Four R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  1. Hmmm. I’m going to keep this 7 thing in mind but I’m not sure I could pull it off in Florida. I sweat (ahem… I mean… perspire) way too much for only one shirt a day… and way to sandy too. But it’s such a good thought to remember what you really NEED.

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