simply changes to better our environment
How to green your work environment
- Optimize energy settings on your computer. Make sue you shut off all office equipment, especially when you leave for the day.
- Keep things digital as much as possible. The more work that is done online, the less paper is needed.
- Print on both sides of the paper and reused misprints as note paper.
- Keep files on the computer instead of in filing cabinets.
- Work from home, if possible, because it cuts the energy and time spent on commuting.
- Use 'green' office materials - recycled paper, pends, pencils, biodegradable soaps, and other recycled products.
How to green your cleaning
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning products. Many of these products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. Try using vinegar or baking soda mixed with a little warm water and it can be used to clean almost anything!
- Keep your windows open as much as possible to promote healthy air flow by allowing fresh air in and keeping toxins flowing out.
- Use soap and water to wash your hands. The FDA has found that antibacterial cleaners are not more effective at fighting germs as regualr soap and water.
- Keep a doormat outside of the house to keep toxins out. Many people do not realize how many toxins they track into the house in a day.
- Try making your own air freshners by boiling cinnamon, cloves, or nay other herb with a pleasing aroma.
How to green your meals
- Organic good is not only healthy for your body, but also for the environment because of the way that it is produced.
- Buying local, seasonal food is great for the environment because less packaging is used and less money is spent on packing, processing, and refrigation.
- Buy foods that are unpackaged or minimmally packaged. If you have to buy food that has a lot of packaging, make sure to recycle the packaging.
- Compost your leftovers. Not only does it keep the green cycle going, but left over foods can provide nutrients to make great soil.
- Grow your own fruits and vegetables
How to green your water
- Tighten all of the washers on equipment used in your house. A dripping faucet can waster 20 gallons of water a day. A leaking toilet can use 900,000 gallons of water in a month.
- Shut off water while you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Always wash full loads of laundry instead of a few small loads. Take shorter showers.
- Use a reusable, non-toxic water bottle. Many of the plastic water bottle leak chemicals into the water which makes it unhealthy to drink. If you do not like the taste of tap water, you can opt for a water filtration system.
- Do NOT pour chemicals down the drain because these chemicals can be present in diluted form in your water.
- Install new water-efficient fixtures in your house. Water-saving shower heads can cut the volume of water used dwon to 1.2 gallons per minute
* Information on how to 'green' the many apsects of life is from www.treehugger.com. Visit their website for more ways to be green! *
did you know...
Throwing away items that could be recycled diminishes energy, water and natural resources that could be saved by recycling.
Did you know...
- For every ton of paper that is recycled, the following is saved: 7,000 gallons of water; 380 gallons of oil; and enough electricity to power an average house for six months.
- You can run a TV for six hours on the amount of electricity that is saved by recycling one aluminum can.
- By recycling just one glass bottle, you save enough electricity to power a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
* Information from www.gogreeninitiative.org