Reducing Consumption & Pollution

Helpful Tips
  • Drive Efficiently - If you must drive, buck the trend toward more wasteful vehicles and drive a fuel efficient car, (i.e. one which gets more miles per gallon), and don’t drive it more than you really need to
  • Plastic containers can become food storage, paper can become wrapping paper. The ways in which to reuse things are unlimited. All you need is to be creative
  • Reuse envelopes by placing a new label over the old address
  • Designate a box for scrap paper and use it for printing all drafts or unofficial documents
  • Reuse plastic bags or better get a reusable canvas bags
  • When buying any type of product, see if it is available with post consumer recycled content
  • Production of recycled paper uses only half the water and 3/4 of the energy than new paper
  • Every ton of recycled paper saves almost 400 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and 17 trees
  • Don't buy bottled water
  • Buy food produced locally to reduce the impact of shipping foodstuffs around the world
  • Recycle all recyclable products, including paper, 1 and 2 plastics, milk and juice containers, CFL bulbs, CDs, batteries, cardboard, metal and glass
  • Buy products made from post-consumer recycled materials
  • Choose electronics and appliances that are energy-efficient
  • Buy used
  • Reuse packaging
  • Buy quality (well made) and reliable or durable materials
  • Keep items in good working order so they last longer
  • Share items that you don’t need every day
  • Buy food items that will be eaten not wasted
  • Use glass cups instead of plastic or styrofoam