More and more disposable products are being touted as timesavers that improve our lives — but today’s convenience could be tomorrow’s problems. Sue Schauls tracks the impact of trash at the University of Northern Iowa’s Waste Reduction Center. She says you don’t have to look far to find disposable items. She says there’s pop-up solvent wipes, pop-up furniture polish, window cleaner, everything you can think of. Schauls says the manufacturers are trying their best to get you to use the products.She says some of the advertising is put the products forth as a cleaner more hygienic way to manage your household, and she questions whether that’s true. Schauls says the disposable products fill up landfills faster — and have another drawback. She says most of the disposable items have soaps and solvents on them and they also into the landfill and the chemicals end up being in the landfill. She says the increase in throw-away items is all about convenience.She says we live for convenience. She says the fast food companies went away from so much packaging a few years ago to reduce the impact on landfills, but now we’re seeing it return. Schauls says you can make a difference for the environment by choosing not to use the throw-away items. She says multi-use products are good, so is shopping in bulk, and she says there are a lot of home remedies that clean just as well and are more economical. As an example, she says you can use vinegar and baking soda as a safer cleaner. Schauls says she examined her home shopping habits and was able to cut over 20 dollars out by not buying the disposable items.
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