Monday, April 21, 2008

Blogging for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day I'm brainstorming a list of things we can all do to lessen our carbon footprint. Please feel free to add your suggestions to the comments. I'll update the list as things come up!
  • Recycle. This is obvious, but every time I go to some one's house I see something in their garbage that could be recycled. Usually it's junk mail, but sometimes it's a toilet paper roll or a milk container or even a cereal box. Most recycling programs accepts all kinds of plastics, papers (including wrapping paper), glass, and metal. You might be surprised to find out that some of the things you've been putting in the trash can actually be recycled.
  • Buy organic.
  • Shop for locally produced foods and goods.
  • Bring reusable shopping bags with you where ever you shop. Whole Foods and Hannafords (our local supermarket) sells them for only $0.99.
  • Don't leave phone and other chargers plugged in when not in use. Power down your computer at the end of the day.
  • Use CFL light bulbs.
  • If you have a desktop monitor, try using Blackle instead of Google. It's Google only with a black screen -- did you know that black web pages use less energy? Apparently this doesn't apply to laptop users.
  • Don't leave your car idling. Restarting it uses less gas than leaving it running.
  • Purchase green household cleaning products.

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