Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Very Happy New Year To All Of My Fellow Nature Enthusiasts
A few simple things that could be worked into the daily routine, starting today
Try to use less electricity at home and at work, to help combat global warming.
Take public transport or walk short distances instead of using a car, or use pedal power.
Book your car in for an engine tune-up, to help cut down air pollution.
Be Demanding Out Shopping. Making 'green' choices when you shop can have far-reaching benefits.
If organic items or eco-labelled goods are not available from your local shops, ask for them.
Businesses do listen to their customers. We have the power to change the selection of products that are available to us. So make shop managers aware of your demand for eco-friendly products.
Shop for products with a positive impact: recycled, reusable, and sustainable.
Buy organically grown fruits, vegetables, organic cotton clothing, and hemp-fibre products.
Don't buy bottled water - transporting water from its source to the supermarket shelves is an expensive waste of energy. And the plastic and glass bottles add to the already-high mountains of rubbish that we produce.
If you do buy bottled water, buy from a local source (read the labels) and buy water that comes in recyclable glass or plastic.
The green shopper brings their own reusable shopping bag and buys products that use minimal packaging.
Recycle your paper, glass, plastics and other waste. Call your local government to find out if they offer a collection service. Send e-greetings instead of paper cards.
Help reduce the world's rubbish dumps - don't use "throw-away" products like paper plates and napkins, and plastic knives, forks, and cups.
Use rechargeable batteries.
Make the leap to recycled stationery and calendars. If (it's a leap year) just means one more day to celebrate the year-round tradition.
Take your own mug along for your daily organic cappuccino / herbal tea, instead of using a disposable cup...
Cutting waste. If you purchase one cup of coffee every day in a disposable container, you create about 10kg / 23 lb of waste each year.
Recycle and reuse any containers etc and compost all kitchen waste.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb