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Kermit The Frog might sing that “It’s Not Easy Being Green” but thankfully he’s warbling about his skin color
and not the environment. It’s easy to start lowering your environmental footprint with the following tips.
T E X T BY SA N DY L I N D S E Y
Electricity Save: Unplug appliances
when not in use. When applicable, use
a “smart” power strip that senses off
appliances and cuts “phantom” energy use.
Thirst Quencher: Make your next
reusable water bottle aluminum. It
offers better insulating properties and
calcium build-up doesn’t stick to aluminum like
it does to plastic.
3. Clothes Try: Wash clothes in cold
water when possible. As much as 85%
of the energy used to machine wash
clothes goes to heating the water. Also, try to
air dry clothes whenever possible.
4. Faucet Wisdom: Make sure you
have a faucet aerator on each faucet
in your home and office. These
inexpensive appliances conserve heat and
water, while keeping water pressure high.
5. Perfect Match: Grab matches
at the next restaurant or bar you
visit. Most are made with recycled
materials and all are biodegradable. Disposable
lighters are not.
6. Tool Exchange: Share power tools
and other appliances with people near
you. You’ll get to know your neighbors
while cutting down on the number of things
Savvy Style: Read fashion labels and
buy clothes that don’t need to be dry-
cleaned. This saves on cleaning costs
and cuts down on toxic chemical use.
Personal Electronics: Keep your
cell phones, computers and other
electronics as long as possible and
donate them when the time comes so they
don’t end up in a landfill.
9. Recycled Hardware: If you can’t
donate your old electronics, recycle
them. E-waste contains mercury and
other toxics and is an increasingly dangerous
Tips compiled with the assistance of The Worldwatch Institute; WorldWatch.org.