Ways to Save the Planet
A Mug of Your Own
Every year Americans throw away 25 billion polystyrene cups and 25 billion individual water bottles, most of which end up in landfills. Instead buy a reusable to-go mug and a bottle that you can refill with filtered tap water. Bring your own and you cut down on Styrofoam.
Ice Cream Cones
A cone beats a cup. Why? You’re eating your silverware instead of using plastic. It’s all about consuming less, using fewer of the resources needed to make products and packaging.
Clean Without Chemicals
Natural cleansers like vinegar and baking soda do a great job without harming the planet.
Get reusable cloth bags for the grocery store and the dry cleaner. More than 100 billion plastic bags are thrown away every year.
Stop Junk Mail
Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact The Direct Marketing association at The-DMA.org to remove your name from mailing lists of their members.
How Many People Does It Take To…
Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) use four times less energy than incandescent ones. If every American family substituted five CFL bulbs for incandescent, it would be equivalent to taking eight million cars off the road for a year. They cost a little more up front, but they last up to 15 times longer.
Shorten Your Showers
Low-flow showerheads would be a big improvement. For every two minutes you shave off your shower, you save 10 gallons of water.
The average computer left on all day uses nearly 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, producing more than a ton of carbon emissions. So turn off your computer anytime you’re not on it, and eliminate the screen saver function, which uses more energy than the sleep mode.