Friday, August 21, 2009

100 Ways To Save The Enviornment Part IV (Save and Protect our Water and Create Less Trash)

Ways to Use Less Water

  1. Check and fix any water leaks.
  2. Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets.
  3. Don't wash dishes with the water running continuously.
  4. Wash and dry only full loads of laundry and dishes.
  5. Follow your community's water use restrictions or guidelines.
  6. Install a low-flow shower head.
  7. Replace old toilets with new ones that use a lot less water.
  8. Turn off washing machine's water supply to prevent leaks.

Ways to Protect Our Water

  1. Revegetate or mulch disturbed soil as soon as possible.
  2. Never dump anything down a storm drain.
  3. Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly.
  4. Check your car for oil or other leaks, and recycle motor oil.
  5. Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.
  6. Learn about your watershed.

Create Less Trash

  1. Buy items in bulk from loose bins when possible to reduce the packaging wasted.
  2. Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient. About 33 of what we throw away is packaging.
  3. Buy products that you can reuse.
  4. Maintain and repair durable products instead of buying new ones.
  5. Check reports for products that are easily repaired and have low breakdown rates.
  6. Reuse items like bags and containers when possible.
  7. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
  8. Use reusable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones.
  9. Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap.
  10. Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.
  11. Buy rechargeable batteries for devices used frequently.
  12. Reuse packaging cartons and shipping materials. Old newspapers make great packaging material.
  13. Compost your vegetable scraps.
  14. Buy used furniture - there is a surplus of it, and it is much cheaper than new furniture.