- Leave bar soap by the sink. BECAUSE: Most liquid soap comes in nonrenewable plastic packaging. Substituting one bottle with a bar in each US home would keep 2.5 million pounds of plastic out of landfills.
- Put cloth napkins on the table. BECAUSE: Eliminating disposable napkins would keep 500,000 tons of paper-based trash out of landfills each year.
- Donate your old cell phone to charity, or return it to the manufacturer for recylcling. BECAUSE: Electronic trash amounts to 70 percent of America's toxic waste. Check out: Mygreenelectronics
- Read your water meter- check the meter, then wait an hour without using your faucets or toilets. Now check again. If the number rises during that time, call a plumber. BECAUSE: A dripping tap wastes five gallons of water a day. Fixing a leak can save at least $50 a year!
- Register to get your name off junk-mail lists. BECAUSE: Printing junk mail wastes 100 million trees a year. Canceling can reduce your intake by 35 pounds a year. Sign up at dmachoice
- Keep your freezer's temperature at 0 degrees F and your refrigerator between 35 and 38 degrees. BECAUSE: Adjusting a too-cold freezer by five degrees can cut it's energy use by 20 percent.
- Scrub down your car at a car wash, not at home. BECAUSE: A drive through uses less than half the water per car than the typical do it yourselfer - and many establishments recycle their soap water.
- Use soft-white compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), not traditional incandescents. BECAUSE: If every American household replaced one standard bulb with a CFL, we could save enough energy to power three million homes a year.
- Return wire hangers to the dry cleaner. BECAUSE: More than 3.5 billion hangers reach landfills each year, amounting to 200 million tons of steel that could be put to new use.
- Consolidate your errands into fewer trips. BECAUSE: Economizing your tasks into just one or two runs each week can conserve as much as 55 gallons of gas over the course of a year.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
10 ways to go GREEN
While I am traveling to St Louis I wanted to share 10 ways to reduce your environmental impact (in honor of earth day!) - without giving up your modern ways! I pulled the ideas that I am going to work on from Ebay GreenTeam and Country Living.