If each of us made small adjustments to our everyday lifestyles
at home to be more environmentally responsible, we will make a
huge impact in a positive manner for the environment.
In The Home
Recycle everything you can: newspapers, cans, glass bottles and
jars, aluminum foil, motor oil, scrap metal, etc.
Investigate local recycling centers that take items your garbage
hauler does not.
Use phosphate-free laundry and dish soaps.
Use cold water in the washer whenever possible.
Don't use electrical appliances for things you can easily do
by hand, like opening cans.
Re-use brown paper bags to line your trash can instead of plastic
liners. Re-use bread bags, butter tubs, etc.
Store food in re-usable containers, instead of plastic wrap or
Save wire coat hangers and return them to the dry cleaners.
Take unwanted, re-usable items to a charitable organization or
Don't leave water running needlessly.
Install a water-saving shower head.
Set your water heater at 130 degrees.
Have your water heater insulated free of charge by your utility
Turn your heat down, and wear a sweater.
Lower your thermostat by one degree per hour for every hour you'll
be away or asleep.
Turn off the lights, TV, or other electrical appliances when
you're out of a room.
Get a free energy audit from your utility company.
Burn only seasoned wood in your woodstove or fireplace... and
don't light them as often.
IN YOUR YARD
Start a compost pile.
Put up birdfeeders, birdhouses, and birdbaths.
Pull weeds instead of using herbicides.
Use only organic fertilizers... they're still the best.
Compost your leaves and yard debris, or take them to a yard debris
recycler. (Burning them creates air pollution, and putting them
out with the trash wastes landfill space.)
Use mulch to conserve water in your garden.
Take extra plastic and rubber pots back to the nursery.
Plant short, dense shrubs close to your home's foundation to
help insulate your home against cold.
WHILE ON VACATION
Turn down the heat and turn off the water heater before you leave.
Carry reusable cups, dishes, and flatware.
Make sure your trash doesn't end up in the ocean... don't litter
Don't buy souvenirs made from wild or endangered animals.
Watch out for wildlife... give consideration to all living things
you see crossing the road.
Build smaller campfires, and make sure they're completely out
before you leave.
Stay on the trail... don't trample fragile undergrowth.
IN YOUR CAR
Keep your car tuned up.
Carpool, if possible.
Use public transit whenever possible.
On weekends, ride your bike or walk instead.
Buy a more fuel efficient model when you're ready for a new car.
Recycle your engine oil.
Keep your tires properly inflated to save gas.
Keep your wheels properly aligned to save your tires. (It's safer
Don't litter our roads and highways... save trash and dispose
of it at a rest stop.
Recycle office and computer paper, cardboard, etc. whenever possible.
Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others.
Print things like in-house memo pads, etc., on recycled paper.
Print or copy on both sides of the paper.
Use smaller paper for smaller memos.
Re-use manila envelopes and file folders.
Hide the throw-away cups, and train people to use their washable
coffee mugs. Use washable mugs for meetings too.
Route around the office or post non-urgent communications ...
instead of making multiple copies.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator on trips of less than
three floors... it's better for you too.
When You're Shopping
Avoid buying food or household products in plastic or styrofoam
containers whenever possible. (They can't be recycled, and don't
break down in the environment.)
Think twice about buying "disposable" products. (They
really aren't disposable and are extravagant wastes of the world's
Buy paper products instead of plastic if you must buy "disposables."
They break down better in the environment and don't deplete the
ozone layer as much.
Check the energy rating of major appliances you purchase. Buy
only the most energy-efficient models.
Ask questions... don't buy products, such as styrofoam, that
are hazardous to the environment or manufactured at the expense
of important habitats such as rain forests.
Buy locally-grown food and locally-made products when possible.
Don't buy products made from endangered animals.
Join a conservation organization.
Volunteer your time to conservation projects.
Give money to conservation projects.
Switch to a vegetarian diet. (Raising animals for food consumes
vast quantities of natural resources, including water, land, and
oil; destroys habitats; and generates a tremendous amount of water
and air pollution.)
Spread the Word
Convert by example... encourage your family, friends, and neighbors
to save resources too.
Learn about conservation issues in your community or state...
write your legislators and let them know where you stand on the
Teach children to respect nature and the environment. Take them
on hikes, or camping. Help them plant a tree or build a birdhouse.
Teach them by example.
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