SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

REMINDER/CALL TO ACTION:
Here are a few Simple Tips to Help Create a Beautiful World for Yourself, Your Children, and Future Generations…
 
HOME:
-In the winter, turn down the thermostat and wear warmer clothes instead.
 
-In the summer, avoid using the air conditioning. Consider getting an evaporative cooler instead.
 
-Avoid using the clothes dryer, hang your clothes out to dry whenever possible.
 
-Turn down the temperature on your water heater (130 degrees is hot enough).
 
-Put a brick or rocks in your toilet tank to conserve water each time you flush.
 
-Minimize toilet flushing – “if its yellow, its mellow, if its brown, flush it down”.
 
-Remember to turn off your lights whenever not needed, especially during the day.
 
-Put stereos and electronics on power strips and turn off when not in use.
 
-Replace your light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs, which use a lot less energy.
 
-Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries for portable devices.
 
-Minimize printing of documents from the computer, go paperless.
 
EATING:
 
-Buy locally sourced food when possible.
 
-Eat organic food (pesticide and GMO free), it is better for your health and the environment.
 
-Shop at local farmer’s markets.
 
-Plant a garden and grow your own.
 
-Dispose of leftover food, yard trimmings, and weeds by starting a compost.
 
-Avoid disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
 
-Decide what you want before you open the refrigerator, don’t leave the door open.
 
-Use a pressure cooker, especially for beans and grains.
 
-Avoid eating meat or reduce the amount you eat and buy organic.
 
-Avoid supporting fast-food restaurants, go to the local cafe instead.
 
-If you get food to-go, bring your own containers, cups and utensils to use, avoid the disposables.
 
BATHING:
 
-Take shorter showers.
 
-Turn off the water while shampooing or washing your body.
 
-Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or shaving.
 
-Avoid using hot water for simple washing of hands and face. Cool water is more refreshing.
 
CLEANING:
 
-Use rags or hand towels instead of paper towels or napkins.
 
-Use non-toxic, environmental-friendly products for cleaning.
 
-Minimize use of aerosols. Don’t buy it if halons or CFCs are listed.
 
SHOPPING:
 
-Support local stores and restaurants.
 
-Use cloth bags for shopping; keep them in your car.
 
-Buy bulk and unpackaged items rather than packaged goods when possible.
 
-Buy carrots, onions, potatoes, etc. loose, no need to use a plastic bag.
 
-Strive to buy products made from recycled materials.
 
TRANSPORTATION:
 
-Walk or ride a bike whenever possible.
 
-Carpool and ride-share whenever possible.
 
-Use alternative means of transportation (bus, subway, train) as often as possible.
 
-Drive a fuel-efficient, hybrid, or electric car. Avoid using the air conditioning.
 
-Be an eco-driver (slow acceleration, gradual deceleration, smart parking, etc.).
 
-Keep your trunk clean, extra weight decreases gas mileage.
 
-Make sure the tires on your car are properly inflated and balanced.
 
-Keep your car tuned up and clean.
 
ACTIVITY:
 
-Decrease TV watching and increase creative learning, art, and exercise.
 
-Pick up litter when you walk, and support litter pick-up days in your neighborhood.
 
-Start or help with a community garden, and spend more time in nature.
 
-Buy a living Christmas trees, and plant it somewhere after the Christmas season.
 
-Plant trees in your community.
 
-Adopt a street or trail, and keep it clean
 
-Organize a clean up at a beach, lake, river, or creek.
-Join an Earth Guardians Crew!! 😉
 
RECYCLE AND REUSE:
 
-Recycle everything possible – paper products, aluminum, glass, plastic, etc.
 
-Recycle old cell phones, mobile devices and batteries.
 
-Donate to thrift organizations, shop at thrift stores.
 
-Use, and re-use cloth napkins instead of paper.
 
-Use containers to store food in your refrigerator, minimize aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or bags.
 
-Mend and repair, rather than discard and replace.
 
-Before you throw away plastic six-pack holders cut each circle with scissors.
 
-Be aware of local waste management methods and visit your local recycling center.
 
-Buy a water bottle for yourself. Refill, use it, and carry it with you at all times.
 
-Avoid using styrofoam and plastic as often as you can.
 
-Bring a coffee cup from home to the coffee shop, instead of using disposable cups.
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