Tips on How to Do a Little, to Do a Lot for the Environment
Although today is the last day of Green Is Universal, we want to make sure that what you have learned this week lasts the long haul. It really doesn't take a lot to make a big difference on the environment. So, we've gathered up a slew of easy-to-do tips that will help make your life easier and greener.
• If we all used a reusable coffee mug instead of a disposable paper one, we could save over nine million trees each year. That's enough trees to circle the earth three times! While you're at it, why not pick up a darling printed mug for extra style points?
• Team up with an office-mate who lives in your area to carpool to work. If everyone carpooled just once a week, we could save 11.5 billion glallons of gas a year. That's good for the planet and good for your wallet!
• Switch out your standard light bulbs for eco-conscious bulbs. If every home in the U.S. switched just one bulb, we could save enough power to light up NYC for an entire year!
• Sign up for online banking. If everyone in the U.S. opted for paperless banking, 2.3 million tons of wood could be saved per year! Who really wants all that mail cluttering their house anyway?
• The average American uses six napkins per day. If every person used just one less napkin per day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year. I think we can all survive with five napkins per day, don't you think?
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• Wash your clothes in cold or warm water. If all households in the U.S. switched from the hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. Not to mention, washing your clothes in cooler water keeps your colored clothes looking bright!
• Shop online instead of driving to your favorite store. Experts estimate every minute spent driving to a store uses ten times the energy of doing that same shopping on the web. An excuse to shop online? You don't have to tell us twice!
• Buy makeup you can refill. To avoid wasting raw materials and energy, choose makeup products that make reusable packaging like Bobbi Brown, Aveda or Stila. MAC makeup also has a program called "Back to MAC" where you can bring in six empty MAC containers for the company to recycle, and you get a free lip product or eye shadow!
• Let old sneakers make a comeback by donating your used kicks to Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program. Your old running shoes will be turned into eco-friendly playground flooring.
• When shopping for new clothes, beauty products or home goods make an eco-smart choice with GreenMaven.com. It's like the earth friendly yellow pages and can help you find everything from a green hairspray to sustainable furniture.