For decades, environmentalists have extolled the virtues of recycling everything from plastic grocery bags to computer components. More recently we've been encouraged to give up single use items, such as paper napkins and plastic water bottles, and return to more sustainable products, such as washable cloth napkins, steel water bottles and glass food storage containers.
We'd like to think that our efforts are having a major impact on the amount of refuse being produced each day - but are they? Are we truly making a concerted effort to give up the convenience of single use products or is the practice so engrained in our culture we can't escape its effects? Read It's Time to Throw Out the Throwaway Economy by Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, then, in the comments section below, share your most radical return to a non-single-use product in your life.