Putting the “Green” in Responsibility 10 Things you can do today.
- Recycle – Set up systems to make it easy and look for minimal or recyclable packaging to avoid wasting energy and valuable resources. www.earth911.org
- Bring Your Own Water Bottle – 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year. That is 1.5 million barrels of oil in America alone… www.container-recycling.org
- Reusable Shopping Bags – Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags each year. Only .06% is recycled….. www.reusablebags.com
- LED Light Bulbs – One LED bulb produces 450 pounds of CO2 emissions/year compared to 1050/year fro CFL bulbs and 4,500 pounds/year for incandescent light bulbs. LED bulbs do not contain mercury, which is highly toxic to people and the environment, like CL bulbs. www.energystar.gov
- Reduce Household Energy Consumption – Unplug chargers when not in use, turn off lights when you leave the room, get sensors for outdoor lighting, purchase energy star appliances, make sure doors and windows are well insulated, change your air filter, and adjust the thermostat in small increments. www.nrdc.org/air/energy/genergy/easy.asp
- Cleaning Products - buy non-petroleum, non-toxic i.e. Seventh Generation, Planet, Simple Green, etc. Use The Better World Shopping Guide www.betterworldshopper.com
- Buy Things that Last - Think about the entire life of the products you purchase. Ie.How long will it last? Is it recyclabl? Can I donate it when I am done? Is it toxic to get rid of? www.freecycle.org
- Buy Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, etc. to make a true difference in the lives of families all over the world and to promote healthy habitat and biodiversity. www.transfairusa.org
- Buy Local & Buy Organic to minimize wasted energy, support the local economy, reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, and to eat healthier! www.ewg.org and www.organicconsumers.org
- Support Ocean-Friendly Seafood – Keep fish populations and the ocean healthy by choosing stainable seafood in restaurants and grocery stores. www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp
Extra Credit - To really make a difference:
- Change your bank and credit cards to benefit social and environmental organizations. Local credit unions support the local economy and also invest locally .
- Reduce your gas consumption – Follow the speed limit; check your tire pressure.
- Eat less meat – going vegetarian for one day a week saves water and energy
- Compost – instead of sending them to the landfill, turn fruit scraps, veggie scraps, and yard clippings back into healthy soil and use fallen leaves as a natural mulch for your yard and garden.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world."- Mahandas Ghandi