EARTH DAY IS APRIL 22nd!
Put Into Practice These 22 GREEN TIPS to help our
WASH DAY TIP! Save $30 to $40 per year in water heating costs by washing and
rinsing clothes in cold water.
You can also save more than 3,400 gallons of water per year!
Plant a TREE! Over the
course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide
$62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water and
control $31,500 worth of soil erosion
ENERGY! Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. You’ll find more on
energy-efficient products and practices at Energy Star.
5. Go to your local library instead of buying new
6. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a
choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.
8. Get off junk mail lists. GreenDimes can get you
started. They’ll even plant a tree for you!
9. Recycle your newspapers.
11. REUSE! Plastic food containers make good crayon and
12. Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth. Learn
13. Good to the last drop. Switch to fair trade coffee.
14. Shop smart. Choose eco-smart products.
15. Teach kids about the environment.
16. Turn your car off if you’re going to be idle for more
than one minute.
17. Take your batteries to a recycling center. Earth 911
gives you the scoop.
A WATER FILTER! Bottled water might be convenient for you, but it isn’t
cheap or eco-friendly (unless you remember to recycle your bottles). Plus, you
can never be sure how pure the bottled water is or where it came
from. So save your money and utilize the water you already pay for
at home by installing some simple and inexpensive gadgets that can improve your
drinking water quality.
YOUR SHOES! However, one aspect of a poor existence that is
forgotten on many occasions is shoes. Shoes are vitally
important. Our feet are constantly in contact with our world, and when we don’t
have shoes they can be prime sources for infection. Probably one of the best
organizations for this is Soles4Souls. This is an
organization that donates shoes, both new and used, to the people who need them
around the world.
the trash or deep in your desk
drawers. These little condiments are a prime example of over packaging and
reducing the number that end up in your bag ultimately reduces how many will be
produced and eventually end up in landfills.
22. BOYCOTT STROFOAM CUPS or CONTAINERS! If you
choose to go to a fast food chain that uses Styrofoam cups or to go containers
consider taking your own cup or container and just paying for the meal and or
drink and have them pack it! Manufacturing polystyrene is also a major
producer of pollution. In 1986, EPA ranked the 20 chemicals whose production
generated the most hazardous wasted. Polystyrene was number five.59 Styrofoam
cups and containers also have potential health hazards. Styrene is transferred from the
cups into your coffee. The health affects are not fully known at this time but
adding chemicals to your food and drinks is usually not a good idea.
to adopt one of these tips and put it into practice beginning APRIL 22nd!
Doing your part and leading by example is the first step to change!