A dishwasher is more water-efficient than washing by hand when you have a full load. Wash by hand if you’ve only got a few dirty plates, or you’re in a small household where it’s not practical to wait until the dishwasher’s full.
Always remember to go camping with environmental stewardship at the forefront of your mind, and make smart decisions that minimize your impact on the world around you.
Sustainably sourced wood minimizes the impact of logging on forests and the surrounding wildlife and communities.
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.