We all want to do our part to save the planet. After all, it’s the only one we’ve got! Who says it isn’t easy being green? Here are 10 easy ways for you pitch in.
1. Ban the Bottle
Did you know that almost 90 percent of plastic water bottles are not recycled? That’s terrible! Plastic takes thousands of years to decompose. Do the earth a favor and buy a reusable bottle or canteen.
2. Go Second Hand
Second hand doesn’t mean second rate. Consider making purchases from consignment or second hand stores. You’ll save the planet and your wallet!
Plastic takes thousands of years to decompose. Do the earth a favor and buy a reusable bottle or canteen.
3. It’s in the Bag
Carry reusable bags with you when going shopping. 500 billion plastic bags are used across the globe every year—and countless bags end up in the oceans, threatening wildlife and even our food chain.
4. Match Game
If you use plastic cigarette lighters, switch to cardboard matches instead—and keep the landfills less full!
5. Nix the Extra Paper Napkin
Do you grab a huge stack of paper napkins at lunch only to waste most of them? If every American used one less napkin it could save a billion pounds from landfills every year!
6. Plant a Tree
There’s nothing better for the planet than planting a tree. A single tree can absorb up to 48 lbs. of carbon dioxide and put enough oxygen back in the atmosphere to support two people for life!
7. Skip the Pre-rinse
Do you rinse all your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher? Skip the rinse except for the really caked on dishes. Eliminating this step can save up to 20 gallons of water per load. And you’re saving energy too!
8. Take Both Sides
When using paper, take a turn and use both sides. U.S. businesses waste over 20 million tons of paper annually. Simply set your printer options to double-sided printing. And don’t forget to recycle the paper once you’re done with your documents!
9. Take a Sexy Shower
Showering with your partner is a great way to conserve water, plus it has other benefits!
10. Work at Home
If telecommuting is an option, by all means do it! Not only can work in your pajamas, you’ll create less pollution from vehicle emissions. Win-win!