Maximize your Eco-Friendliness
How much would you enjoy living in a pollution-free world, with clean air and water? Here are a few tips on how to maximize your Eco-friendliness:
- Reduce the use of plastic bags—then go BAG about it to your friends!
I know you’ve all seen the cloth totes sold in grocery stores, well, why not put the to use? You can even find an old beach bag, or even a big bag from a thrift store! If it means keeping plastic bags out of landfills, why not give it a go? As an added bonus, they’re way easier to carry up a flight of stairs!
- Brighten up your day—recycle those bulbs!
When compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) first became available (and the U.S. government announced that if every home replaced one regular bulb with a CFL bulb, we could prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year), it was a no-brainer. We made the switch, socket by socket. But we were concerned when we learned that the mercury in these bulbs made proper disposal an imperative. Fortunately, Home Depot has signed on as a nationwide recycler, so all we have to do is to bring our used bulbs there and look for the big orange bin just for CFLs!
- Replace your electricity—with other options!
Is it hot out? Line dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. Not actively on the computer? Power down and unplug it. Bored? Reach for that huge pile of been-meaning-to-read books instead of grabbing the remote. There are hundreds of alternatives to the old electronic habits. And once you’re committed to changing your habits, it’s easy not to look back.