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10 Ways to Go Green Today

It’s not surprising that more and more people are becoming excited about going green. It is a great way to get involved with your community and do your part to clean up the environment, recycle, reuse and reduce waste whenever possible. If we each do our part, together we can make a difference to reduce pollution, consume less energy and help to green up our planet. These tips may help to spark your creativity, generate new ideas and get you involved in going green.

Save Trees
•Purchase notepads and notebook paper from recycled paper products.
•Contact businesses sending out junk mail to get off their mailing lists to save trees.
•Whenever possible, use email to send letters and messages rather than using paper and envelopes.

Community Recycling Services
Many county municipalities and communities offer recycling services with curb service. Often, you can recycle newspapers, glass and plastics if you inquire about recycling services. If that isn’t available many cities have drop off sites for recycling.

Shopping Tips
1.Schedule grocery shopping trips along with other errands on the same day to conserve gasoline.
2.Shop using reusable cloth bags to reduce landfill waste.
3.Don’t purchase new plastic containers and plastic wrap for food storage. Instead, reuse plastic containers from other purchases like cottage cheese and sour cream containers.
4.Buying organic fruits and vegetables at the grocery helps to reduce the use of dangerous pesticides and chemicals, which can affect the environment.

Grow Your Own Fruits & Vegetables
Learning to garden and grow your own food saves money and provides you with a source of fresh foods and healthier food choices. Saving kitchen scraps and yard trimmings is a great way to reduce waste and create garden compost. If you can’t afford a composting bin, you might consider a small car title loan to purchase one for making organic compost.

Reusing/Re-purposing
•Cut off the tops of plastic soda bottles to be reused as plant containers. Used yogurt cups make ideal containers for sprouting seedlings.
•Donate used clothing to organizations, which can put them to good use for people in need.
•Instead of buying new items when furniture, toys or appliances begin to show wear, consider making repairs.

Buying Recycled
1. Look for products and materials marked with recycling symbols, which may indicate the product can be recycled or is made from recycled materials.
2. Support your community by purchasing products made with recycled materials in your city.

Water Conservation
• Repair dripping faucets and leaking toilets.
• Use water-saving fixtures like shower-heads and low-volume toilets.
• Monitor water amounts carefully for landscaping and trees.
• Collect and reuse rain water to water vegetables and flower gardens.

Appliances for Energy Efficiency
If there is any useful wear left in your old appliances, donate them to a good cause, and replace them with appliances, which carry the energy efficiency symbol. Old appliances typically cost more to run and use more power.

Reduce Power Consumption at Home
Encourage everyone in your family to conserve energy.
•Turn off lights when not in use.
•Keep your home a little cooler in the winter and a little warmer in the summer.
•Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use to reduce standby power consumption.

The Office
•Purchase recycled paper for copiers and letter head.
•Ensure lights are turned off and reduce power use after hours.
•Purchase reconditioned toner cartridges.

Reusing, recycling, re-purposing and conserving can all make a difference for us, wildlife and the environment.

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