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Ten Ways to Save the Earth



1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce the amount of trash discarded, Reuse containers and products, and Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard, and newspapers.

2. Save Our Trees
Recycle paper, mail, newspapers and magazines. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.

3. Drink Responsibly
Use reusable coffee mugs and water bottles at work or on the go--you'll use less paper and plastic.

4. Hoof It
In the U.S., cars are responsible for about 25 percent of the greenhouse gases produced and 20 percent of the global total. Reduce the impact of your car use by carpooling, biking or walking. And if your car trip will take less than 5 minutes don't even bother grabbing your keys.

5. Stop Toppin' Off
Don't top off your gas tank--any gas you spill evaporates and contributes to air pollution.

6. Conserve Water
Do only full loads of laundry and don't let the water run when you brush your teeth or shave. An open faucet pours 5 gallons of water every 2 minutes.

7. Buy Items with Recycled Content
Buying items made from recycled content creates a need for recycled material. Try to cut down on your use of disposable items, like razors, dishes, and coffee cups.

8. Donate your Mobile
Checking out the latest cell phone? If you decide to buy a new phone, put your old one to good use by donating it to a charitable organization rather than throwing it away and clogging landfills.

9. Conserve Electricity
Put your computer in sleep mode and use power strips to switch off TVs and other electronics when you're not using them. Their standby power consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously. Unplug phone and camera chargers when you're not using them.

10. Use Compact Fluorescent Lights
Use compact fluorescent lights and shut off the lights when you leave a room. One compact fluorescent bulb will keep half a ton of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.


Environment Issue Guide: Should We Go Green?
Have you been hugging trees for as long as you can remember? Do you think it's important to balance environmental concerns and business realities? Or are you not quite sure where you stand? Get three different perspectives on what it means to be environmentally conscious. Click here to download the PDF.

Sources: Colby College Environmental Coalition; Earth Resource Foundation; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); and World Wildlife Fund & Center For a New American Dream: www.ibuydifferent.org

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