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Looking for more ways to help?!
Here are 33 things you can do to reduce your footprint and help the environment:
- Start a compost heap to reduce the waste you send to landfill sites.
- Set up your own bee hive: without bees we would not survive (and honey is good for your health).
- Use a diaper washing service: they use 30% less energy and 40% less water than home washing.
- Slow down. Driving at 50mph uses 25% less fuel than 70mph.
- Turn down your heat and put on a sweater. Likewise, turn off your air-conditioner and put on shorts.
- Instead of that long bath, take a short shower to save water.
- Choose energy-efficient appliances when you replace the old ones.
- Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last 8 times as long and use a fraction of the energy.
- Join a library instead of buying books.
- Get to know your neighbors; they're more likely to keep your home safe than security lamps.
- Ride a bike instead of driving.
- Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergents. Phosphates stimulate algal growth when discharged into the water supply, lowering oxygen levels and killing plants and fish.
- Buy local produce, or better yet, grow your own and save energy on transportation.
- Move in with a friend so you light and heat one home rather than two.
- Give a colleague a ride to work; if no one is going your way, join a ride-share service and find a passenger.
- Cook with friends. Large quantities of food use less packaging than the same quantity in individual portions (and take less energy to cook).
- Take your vacation locally.
- Set up a composting bin.
- Refuse plastic or paper bags at stores. Carry cloth bags in your pocket, purse, pack, or car.
- Donate your leftover paint to a community project. Don’t just toss it, there's nasty stuff in it!
- Commit to not using bottled water. Drink tap or filtered water.
- Set up a clothes line to dry your clothes; electric dryers use too much electricity.
- Buy sustainable chocolate, coffee, tea, and other goodies.
- Turn off TVs and stereos instead of switching them to standby mode.
- Paint your walls a lighter color so you'll need less artificial light.
- Only flush toilets if really necessary. If it’s yellow, let it mellow!
- Improve ambience and dine by candlelight. You’ll be saving electricity.
- Insulate your home. Insulation can cut heat loss by up to 60%.
- Buy from companies with eco-friendly policies; boycott those without.
- Upgrade your home with solar panels.
- Use a mug instead of disposable cups.
- Cancel that expensive gym membership and walk to work instead.
- Buy less stuff! Save your time and your money as well as your planet!