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.
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.
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.
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.
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 buy souvenirs made from wild or endangered animals.
Watch out for wildlife... give consideration
to all living things you see crossing the road.
Build smaller campfires, and make sure they're completely out before you leave.
on the trail... don't trample fragile undergrowth.
IN YOUR CAR
Keep your car tuned up.
Carpool, if possible.
Use public transit whenever possible.
On weekends, ride your bike or walk
Buy a more fuel efficient model when you're ready for a new car.
Recycle your engine oil.
Keep your tires properly inflated
to save gas.
Keep your wheels properly aligned to save your tires. (It's safer too.)
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
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.
the stairs instead of the elevator on trips of less than three floors... it's better for you too.
When You're Shopping..
food or household products in plastic or styrofoam containers whenever possible. (They can't be recycled, and don't break down in
Think twice about buying "disposable" products. (They really aren't disposable and are extravagant wastes of the
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
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.
Join a conservation organization.
Volunteer your time to conservation projects.
Give money to conservation projects.
Spread the Word
Convert by example... encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to save resources too.
Learn about conservation
issues in your community or state... write your legislators and let them know where you stand on the issues.
Teach children to respect
nature and the environment. Take them on hikes, or camping. Help them plant a tree or build a birdhouse. Teach them by example.