You can make a difference...REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE
small changes eyeryday make a big impact on our planet
There is only one Earth. We all need to take responsibility for it and do something to stop global warming, even if it is just one little change. That one little change will help make a difference. From big and small businesses down to individuals, everyone can do something to help in reversing damage to the environment. Here is a list of small changes that can have a big impact, if everyone in the world did just one of them.
1) Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs). They use about 65% less energy than regular ones. They cost a little more but they also last uo to 10 times longer than regular ones do too.
2) Buy energy saving appliances. Look for the "Energy Star" label on everything you may buy that is electronic, from computers to blow dryers to air conditioners.
3) Recycle, it makes a difference. Recycling is one of the simplest way you can help the environment. The more we can recycle the less will get piled up at unsightly landfills. If it is made out of plastic, glass, paper, cans, it can most likely be recycled. Even phones, laptops and definitely batteries should be taken to a recycling center. Don't forget to recycle your empty cosmetic bottles, jars, lipsticks and other beauty containers. Join TerraCycle.com and mail your items for FREE! They make sure cosmetic and other items are recycled properly.
4) Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products. Regular cleaning products have may potentially toxic chemicals in them that can seep their way into ground water and polluting it. There are now many non toxic versions out there like Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers.
5) Walk, ride a bike, take public transportation or drive a fuel efficient car. Driving a typical car for one year produces 95,000 pounds of global warming pollution. Reducing car emissions is one of the big priorities for the world. Using alternative means of transportation and the development of eco-friendly cars and gas is vital to the plants health.
6) Adjust your thermostat. Turn it down a degree in winter and up a degree in summer and it reduces carbon dioxide dumped into the air by 500 pounds plus it saves 15% on energy bills.
7) Conserve Water. Fix leaks, try taking shorter showers, don't let the water run while brushing teeth or washing face, and water lawns conservatively. These habits can save hundreds of gallons of water a month. Drought and pollution is causing water to become more and more precious around the world, as well as right here in the US, so be mindful of how you use it.
8) Eat Organic or Locally grown foods. Using organic foods help keep chemicals out of the soil and you. Locally grown foods saves fuel by not having to be transported long distances.
9) Unplug small appliances. Even if small appliances are turned off, if they are plugged in they still suck up energy without being used so unplug anything that does not need to be plugged in.
10) Turn off lights and open shades. Let the sun shine in and try using natural light instead of electric lights when you can.
11) Use recycled paper products. Almost all paper products are available in a recycled form. This saves hundreds of trees from deforestation.
12) Switch to renewable energy sources. Wind, solar & water power sources are becoming more available and prices are becoming comparable to fossil fuel energy.