The Eco Key is proud to present this list of eco-friendly living tips from green author, Jodi Helmer. They are from her book - 365 Small Things You Can Do To Make A BIG Difference. More can be found at green-year.com. We can ALL make a difference.
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Switch to powdered laundry detergent: Liquid laundry detergent is almost 80% water - a valuable, non renewable resource. If 20,000 Americans switched to powdered laundry detergent, it would save 55,000 gallons of water per year.
Look for recycled school supplies: Stock your backpack with notebooks, binders, and paper made recycled materials. Choose school supplies with as little packaging as possible (30% of the waste in our landfills comes from product packaging) and buy in bulk when possible
Get the Junk out of your trunk: If you are driving around with the cooler,beach chairs, and charcol grill from your vacation in your trunk, you are not getting good gas mileage. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk can reduce your car's fuel efficiency by up to 2 percent, so take the time to store your stuff in your garage.
Research Green hotels for your getaways: The Green Hotels Association (www.Greenhotels.com) has a comprehensive list of hotels in every state that have implemented programs to conserve resources and reduce waste.
Fill your gas tank in the evening: In the summer, hot air increases the concentration of fumes escaping from the gas pumps. Pumping gas at night (or when the temperatures are cooler) will reduce the ozone-depleting fumes released into the air
Run outside instead of getting on the treadmill: A 30 min workout on the treadmill uses approximately .75 kWh of energy per day. Run outside twice a week instead, and over the course of a month, you will conserve the amount of energy required to watch television for 12 hours or do 24 loads of laundry.
Return wire hangers to the dry cleaner to be recycled: Every year, 3.5 billion wire hangers end up in the landfill. Your dry cleaner will reuse wire hangers for the next customer. Most dry cleaners will even accept wire hangers in poor condition. Instead of being reused, they will likely be sent to a metal dealer or returned to the supplier. Remember that by simply setting The Eco Key as your homepage, you can help to recycle, and clean trash from our planet every time you visit.
Try the 100- Mile diet: On average, the ingredients you use to make your meal travel 1,500 miles before they reach your plate. The abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available in the summer makes it the perfect time to try the 100 mile diet. Learn more about the 100 mile diet at www.100milediet.com
Use a funnel to top off your car's motor oil to prevent spills: Motor oil that lands on your driveway instead of in the oil pan get washed int othe storm drain and makes it way into streams and rivers. Used motor oil is the largest single source of water pollution in the United States. More then 180 million gallons of used oil ends up in the rivers and streams every year
Raise Eco-Awareness: Share these simple steps with your friends and family. If every person who reads this, tells one person who tells one person who tells one person, who tells one person, who tells one person... you get the idea! For our planet to get cleaner, we ALL must be greener!
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