Use it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
This was a popular ditty during the Depression era, when pinching pennies was a way of life. It’s also a useful poem for consumers to remember as they try to shop in a more environmentally conscious way.
Use it up: This is self explanatory. Squeeze every bit of toothpaste from the tube, store detergent upside down to get the last drop, eat the whole apple. You’ll throw away less.
Wear it out: Don’t upgrade basic things because you can. Keep the same dishes, towels, sheets, and household items until they wear out. Drive your old car for another year instead of trading up to a new model. Stick with sturdy basics and reduce your consumption.
Make it do: This is the fun part of going green. Unleash your creativity and find new uses for old things.