1. Slow the Flow
A faucet leaking just one drop per second wastes over 1,300 gallons per
year! A leak from a hot water source wastes both water and fossil fuel,
creating more greenhouse gasses. Most repairs to plumbing fixtures pay
for themselves within just a year. Fix it!
2. Think Green when You Clean
Cleaning products that contain chlorine or petroleum distillates expose
your family to toxins and then end up in the ecosystem. Choose nontoxic,
naturally derived cleaning products, which are proven effective but wont
cause long term damage to the Earth.
3. Choose Both
Every year, pulp mills release over one trillion gallons of chlorine-tainted
water as part of the paper making process. Using the other side of the
paper can cut that pollution almost in half! And choose recycled paperespecially
processed-chlorine-free recycled paper.
4. 'Green' Your
Americans waste over 700 million gallons of gasoline each year just because
tires arent properly inflated. Millions more are wasted because
our vehicles arent properly tuned up. Keep your machine running
Green! Youll save money and reduce emissions!
5. Meat Less for
Once a week, plan a meat alternative for dinner. Enjoy pasta with a marinara
or Alfredo sauce, meatless chili burritos, or even grilled veggie burgers!
Reducing meat consumption conserves fresh water, saves topsoil, and even
reduces air pollution!
6. Walk, Hike,
Ride a Bike
If people in the U.S. would occasionally ride a bike for a short errand
instead of driving a car, over 70 million gallons of fuel could be saved
each year! And theres the added benefit of enjoying the fresh air
and exercise! For short errands, take a hike!
7. Plant a Tree
Every Earth Day!
Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides
$62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water,
and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion. It also provides shade that
keeps homes and cities cooler!
8. Give Weeds a
Herbicides arent the only way to control weeds, and theyre
certainly not the most environment-friendly way! Invest in a good pair
of gloves and garden tools, and remove weeds by hand. Also, choose natural
alternatives to pesticides for getting rid of pests!
9. Lighten Your
Theres a brighter way to light your home: new Compact Fluorescent
Lamps (CFLs). Compared to regular bulbs, CFLs last 10 times longer, use
only 1/4 the energy and pro-duce 90% less heatyet they produce more
light per watt! Brighten the future: go CFL!
10. Reduce, Reuse
Its more than just a slogan. You can start making the world a greener
place today: return hangers to the cleaners, donate clothing and computers
to charities, pack lunches in reusable containers instead of bags, there
are hundreds of easy things to do! Its up to you!l