Ways you can help save the rainforest and be environmentally responsible
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In The Home
Recycle everything you can: newspapers, cans, glass bottles and jars, aluminum foil, motor oil, scrap metal, etc.
Investigate local recycling centers that take items your garbage hauler does not.
Try to use phosphate-free laundry and dish soaps.
Use cold water in the washer whenever possible.
Don't use electrical appliances for things you can easily do by hand, like opening cans.
Re-use brown paper bags to line your trash can instead of plastic liners. Re-use bread bags, butter tubs, etc.
Store food in re-usable containers, instead of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Save wire coat hangers and return them to the dry cleaners.
Take unwanted, re-usable items to a charitable organization or thrift shop.
Don't leave water running needlessly.
Install a water-saving shower head.
Set your water heater at 130 degrees.
Have your water heater insulated free of charge by your utility company.
Turn your heat down, and wear a sweater.
Lower your thermostat by one degree per hour for every hour you'll be away or asleep.
Turn off the lights, TV, or other electrical appliances when you're out of a room.
Get a free energy audit from your utility company.
Burn only seasoned wood in your woodstove or fireplace. and don't light them as often.
IN YOUR YARD
Start a compost pile.
Put up birdfeeders, birdhouses, and birdbaths.
Pull weeds instead of using herbicides.
Use only organic fertilizers. they're still the best.
Compost your leaves and yard debris, or take them to a yard debris recycler. (Burning them creates air pollution, and putting them out with the trash wastes landfill space.)
Use mulch to conserve water in your garden.
Take extra plastic and rubber pots back to the nursery.
Plant short, dense shrubs close to your
home's foundation to help insulate your home against cold.
WHILE ON VACATION
Turn down the heat and turn off the water heater before you leave.
Carry reusable cups, dishes, and flatware.
Make sure your trash doesn't end up in the ocean. don't litter beaches.
Don't pick flowers or keep wild creatures for pets. leave plants and animals where you find them.
Don't litter our roads and highways. save trash and dispose of it at a rest stop.
Recycle office and computer paper, cardboard, etc. whenever possible.
Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others.
Print things like in-house memo pads, etc. on recycled paper.
Print or copy on both sides of the paper.
Use smaller paper for smaller memos.
Re-use manila envelopes and file folders.
Hide the throw-away cups, and train people to use their washable coffee mugs. Use washable mugs for meetings too.
Route around the office or post non-urgent communications. instead of making multiple copies.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator on trips of less than three floors. it's better for you too.
When You're Shopping.
Avoid buying food or household products in plastic or styrofoam containers whenever possible. (They can't be recycled, and don't break down in the environment.)
Think twice about buying "disposable" products. (They really aren't disposable and are extravagant wastes of the world's resources.)
Buy paper products instead of plastic if you must buy "disposables." They break down better in the environment and don't deplete the ozone layer as much.
Check the energy rating of major appliances you purchase. Buy only the most energy-efficient models.
Ask questions. don't buy products, such as styrofoam, that are hazardous to the environment or manufactured at the expense of important habitats such as rain forests.
Buy locally-grown food and locally-made products when possible.
Don't buy products made from endangered animals.
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