Friday, October 14, 2011

Quick tip: Use up your products before you throw them away.

I'm going to keep today's post short and sweet. I got home from Helsinki today to find that one of our tubes of cream had been cut down to size. Although this concept was not in the least new to me (I think it's a pretty standard tactic) I had never thought to do it myself. So a big thank you goes out to Juha (who has been reading No Impact Man) for giving me this idea!

So today I say: Before throwing out your empties, make sure they're actually empty.

It might seem like a small difference, but every little bit helps. So if cutting open the tube gets you an extra 2 uses, and you have ie. 50 uses in total, then for every 25 tubes, you'll save one tube. Ideally, it'd be great to eliminate tubes, but if you're not there yet (and you're not alone) then might as well make the best of what you have!


  1. That's a nice tip indeed. It goes nicely in kitchen too, for example with yogurt containers. They are not made of plastic, but the idea is the same, to use your products till the end. Doing so, you can have about half a glass of yogurt more.

  2. That's a great idea! I always try to squeeze the container and end up just rinsing out the rest. I'll be sure to do that next time. It makes much more sense :P