SAVE THE WORLD!!! We only have one planet that we can live on-that we know of-and if we don’t start caring for it now we can potentially do unrepairable damage to it. That being said, we’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to help you do your part. Small, changes to your daily life will help make a huge difference in the overall health of our world.
Recycle Glass. Just by recycling your glass you can help reduce air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If you choose not to recycle glass, it can take upwards of a million years for it to decompose.
Hang Dry. Let your clothes air dry! Not only will they last longer, but you’ll save money too. Win, win anyone?
Turn Off Your Computer. By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day.
Wash In Cold or Warm Water. If all the homes in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. Additionally, only launder when you have a full load. Use Less Paper Napkins. During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.
Use Both Sides of Paper. Nigerian businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, equal to 175 thousands per office worker. For a quick and easy way to halve this, set your printer’s default option to print double-sided. Don’t forget, when you’re finished with your documents, don’t forget to take them to the recycling bin.
Recycle Newspaper. There are almost 36 million newspapers printed each day in On Nigeria. Of these, 44 million, or about 69%, of them will be thrown away. Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every week. Better yet, forget the newspaper and log-on to TrendingSINY.com your favorite Staten Island news source!
“Homemade” Bottled Water. Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA’s standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA’s standards for bottled water. Save Water, Shower Together! Yup, you read that right. Not only will it help you save water, this selfless act benefits the environment and may even help you relationship!
Save Ten Cents a Bag. Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option.
Don’t Rinse. Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you’re saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.
Don’t Pre-heat the Oven. Unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort, don’t pre-heat the oven. Just turn it on when you put the dish in. Also, when checking on your food, look through the oven window instead of opening the door.
Don’t Do Baths! Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths require almost twice as much water. Not only will you reduce water consumption, but the energy costs associated with heating the water.
No Running Water! You’ve heard this one before, but maybe you still do it. You’ll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop. Daily savings in the U.S. alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons–more water than folks use in the Big Apple.
Don’t Request Paper Statements! With modern technology being what it is, there is no reason to have your bills mailed to you in paper form. Have your bills emailed to you and pay for them online. Not only will you be saving trees but it’s way easier to keep yourself organized too.
Don’t Print Your Tickets. The cost of processing a paper ticket is approximately N510, while processing an e-ticket costs only N50. In the near future, e-tickets will be the only option, saving the airline industry $3 billion a year. In addition to financial savings, the sheer amount of paper eliminated by this process is commendable.
Don’t Use an Answering Machine! Answering machines use energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And when they break, they’re just one more thing that goes into the landfill. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were eventually replaced by voice mail services, the annual energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt-hours.
Don’t Use Stirrrs! Each year, Americans throw away 138 billion straws and stirrers. But skipping the stirrer doesn’t mean drinking your coffee black. Simply put your sugar and cream in first, and then pour in the coffee, and it should be well mixed.
Don’t Use Plastic Containers to Reheat Food. Invest in Pyrex bowls. They can go from freezer to microwave to table –and you don’t have to worry about microwaving in plastic (which can put chemicals in your food), or choosing the right kind of plastic. They last for years, so you are not creating waste. Don’t Forget to Share! SHARE! Take what you’ve learned, and pass the knowledge on to others. If every person you know could take one small step toward being greener, the collective effort could be phenomenal and help SAVE THE WORLD