You can help the environment by recycling and reusing packaging materials, such as plastic bags. If you must purchase new packaging supplies, look for products made with recyclable fibers, which offer an alternative to chemically treated plastics. Corrugated cardboard is an excellent option for packaging purposes, while rolled up newspaper is far better for the environment than Styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap. And if you run a retail business, consider encouraging customers to bring a bag from home.
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