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Some of you may know that today is part of National Green Week, a week to learn and teach about sustainability and conservation. Protecting our environment by using renewable resources and reversing the effects of climate change is imminently vital, not only for us right now but for the world that future generations will inherit. This Friday we’re discussing some of the best ways you can help make a large impact in your day-to-day life.
1. Make your own cleaning products. Many brand name detergents and cleaners use hazardous chemicals that, if put in waterways, can seriously hurt the animals and plants nearby. It will also be cheaper for you!
2. Cut down on your paper usage by printing with double sides or by reusing the blank side of the paper if your printer doesn’t have this option. This will half the amount of paper you go through, and also will keep your desk looking tidier, too!
3. Use a reusable grocery bag when you go shopping. Bringing your own bag to the store seriously cuts down on plastic waste which will end up in our rivers, lakes, and oceans and harm sea life.
4. If you have a place to recycle at your workplace, use it and encourage others to do the same. If you don’t, see if it’s possible for you to implement one.
5. Plant native species of plants in your yard. If you happen to live in an area with little rainfall, having a garden full of desert plants will mean you won’t waste water on non-native plants. Further, why not use your garden space to grow some fruits or vegetables?
6. You can water your houseplants and garden with collected rainwater, if you live in an area where it rains.
7. Donate gently used furniture and decorations when you’re doing an upgrade at your office or at home. Also consider buying new furniture second-hand. It’s the same mentality as recycling bottles or paper, just on a bigger scale.
8. If you’re able, walk or bike when running nearby errands. You’ll reduce your harmful carbon emissions by leaving your car at home and get a good workout in the process. If you’re not able to walk or bike, consider carpooling or taking public transportation when you can. It cuts down on gas usage and therefore pollution.
9. Turn off lights and heating in rooms you won’t be using. Never leave a light on in a room nobody is occupying and if you’re gone for a large part of the day, don’t leave your heating or air conditioning running for nobody.
10. Always invest in energy saving and environmentally friendly appliances and machines when you need to replace them. While these might cost a little more upfront, they’ll save you in the long run, and save our planet, too!
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