Going paperless helps to reduce CO2 emissions. Turning a single tree into 17 reams of paper results in around 110 lbs of CO2 being released into the atmosphere.
It’s always best to bring your own reusable bag and avoid plastic altogether. For hungry sea turtles, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish between jellyfish and floating plastic shopping bags.
Try growing flowers or vegetables, or get a bird feeder or if planting isn’t your thing. You can even connect to nature through stories, art and cinema.
We often forget that we are part of a much larger ecosystem and that our poor health so often results in a poor environment as well.
According to the EPA, the most sustainable way to dispose of dog poop is to flush it down the toilet. Composting of pet waste is possible, but do your research first, especially if you are producing vegetables or fruit to eat.
It is a common misconception that storm drains lead to a wastewater treatment plant, but in many urban and rural settings, the water entering drains receives no treatment and is discharged directly into the closest waterway.
Fluorescent, or CFL bulbs, are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, and LEDs are even more so. See what your home capabilities are and choose the most energy efficient lighting you can find!
Paper towels cannot be recycled. This means that the 3000+ tons of paper towel waste used each day in the U.S. is ultimately ending up in landfills.
Unlike lighters, matches are made from wood or paper, which is easily biodegradable and won’t contribute to the waste problem in the world.
When baking, try to resist the temptation to peek at those cookies every 2 minutes to see if they are ready yet.