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July: Become Independent

July 1st: When you're buying stationary, check to see if it's recycled before buying.

July 2nd: When you're feeling bored, consider environmentally friendly recreational activities like biking, hiking, or frisbee.




July 3rd: Buy products you'll use in bulk. You'll save money and avoid excess packaging.

July 4th: Avoid using chemicals to treat stains. Instead opt for home remedies like dishwashing solution.

July 5th: Choose microwaving over the oven and save time - it cooks 75% faster!

July 6th: Avoid harming animals by cutting plastic rings that hold six-packs of cans.

July 7th: Recycle your old printer cartridges. They can be used up to 50 times and contain toxins that harm the environment.

July 8th: Invest in a reusable plastic bottle for the gym instead of buying and wasting plastic materials.

July 9th: Let them keep their telephone books! Use the web instead.

July 10th: Buy vintage from second-hand stores. It's stylish and environmentally friendly.

July 11th: Avoid buying products made of steel. If you have to, make sure it's recyclable.

July 12th: Americans throw away some 25 billion styrofoam cups every year. Institute a mug policy at your school and stop being part of the statistics.

July 13th: Give a waste-free gift like tickets to a sporting event or concert.

July 14th: Embrace your dishwasher. A full load will use less water then hand washing.

July 15th: If you are doing yard work, weed by hand or mechanically. Chemical weed killers harm the environment.

July 16th: A fan uses significantly less energy than air conditioning. Stay cool and keep your electricity bill down.

July 17th: Start a garden and grow your own fruits and vegetables. You'll avoid pesticides, transportation pollution, and packaging waste.

July 18th: Put a lid on it! Using cooking pots with lids reduces time and energy used by 20%.

July 19th: Instead of using the dryer, save $75 and 700 Ibs of CO2 a year by air drying your clothes.

July 20th: When you're done with it, recycle your computer. Certain parts of it can harm the environment and contaminate landfills.

July 21st: Buy rechargeable batteries. Using them again avoids having to dispose of their harmful toxins.

July 22nd: Look out for detergents that enable you to use less when washing clothes or doing the dishes.

July 23rd: About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling rate is just 28%. Stop the destruction of our world by committing to a recycling plan.

July 24th: Send an e-card to wish your friend a happy birthday or use recycled stationary.

July 25th: Save a tree by wrapping your presents in newspaper instead of wrapping paper.

July 26th: Recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. Reach for the recycling bin instead of the garbage when getting rid of waste.

July 27th: Help the millions of people who can't afford glasses. Donate your old pairs to organizations that will collect and redistribute them.

July 28th: Food can contaminate your trash and make its contents impossible to recycle. Choose to throw your food away in a separate container or compost it.

July 29th: Invest in local products and you will save the energy of transportation and often get something of higher quality.

July 30th: When you've had your morning cup, unplug your coffee maker to save energy. Even electronic devices that are turned off use energy.

July 31st: Background noise can be nice, but remember that leaving your television on wastes energy.



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