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SustainAbility NewsletterA joint publication from Audubon Lifestyles and The International Sustainability Council


SustainAbility is a free quarterly newsletter co-produced by the International Sustainability Council and Audubon Lifestyles. Living a sustainable lifestyle requires each one of us to conduct our lives in such a way to encompass an awareness of Earth and its processes. Each of our choices require a consideration of the consequences, and the way that each decision affects the environment, society, and the economy. By minimizing our "ecological footprints" and the extent to which we create an environmental impact by living sustainably our hope is that we will preserve the earth for future generations. 

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Practicing Waste Prevention

Waste prevention means using less material to get a job done—and ending up with less waste to manage. In addition to environmental benefits, waste prevention saves money. Take a good look at your recycling collection data to see ways to reduce waste first. The most common forms of waste prevention are reducing, reusing, and donating.

Reduce
Modify current purchasing practices to reduce the amount of waste generated. For example:

  • Set printers and photocopiers to default duplexing and make training manuals and personnel information available electronically to reduce the amount of office paper used.
  • Purchase products that use less or no packaging materials.
  • Purchase products made with recycled-content materials.
  • Purchase products in bulk.
  • Switch to reusable transport containers.

Reuse
Reusing products and packaging prolongs their useful lives, delaying final disposal or recycling. Reuse is the repair, refurbishing, washing, or recovery of worn or used products, appliances, furniture, and building materials. You can, for example:

  • Reuse corrugated moving boxes internally.
  • Reuse office furniture and supplies, such as interoffice envelopes and file folders.
  • Use durable rather than disposable towels, tablecloths, napkins, dishes, cups, and glasses.
  • Use incoming packaging materials for outgoing shipments.

Donate
Prevent waste by donating products or materials to charities or nonprofits. For example:

  • Donate unwanted supplies to local schools or nonprofit organizations.
  • Donate food scraps for use as animal feed.
  • Donate uneaten food to local food banks.
  • Advertise surplus and reusable items through a commercial materials exchange.
  • Donate excess building materials to local low-income housing developers.

Fast Facts:

  • One recycled tin could offset the environmental impact of 3 hours of watching television.
    Recycled Paper uses 70% less energy to produce.
  • 16% of energy consumption in manufacture goes into the packaging.

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon International
www.auduboninternational.org

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

The US Environmental Protection Agency
www.epa.gov/compost

Organic Farming Research Foundation
www.ofrf.org

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/bacyyard

Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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