22 avril 2010

happy earth day / Bonne fête la terre!

Today and everyday:

Don't discard

  • Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the trash
  • Harmful materials like chemicals, batteries, electronics, etc. should be taken to local hazardous waste depots or recyclers

Careful cleaning

  • Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products
  • Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water
Bathroom basics

  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Close water taps while brushing your teeth
Close to home

  • Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible
Heating and cooling

  • For summer air conditioning, set your thermostat to 24°C or 25°C
  • For winter heating, set your thermostat to 19°C or 20°C
  • Install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats
Washing and drying

  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry
Food choices

  • Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers
  • Eat less meat
Transportation alternatives

  • Walk, cycle, car pool and use public transportation
  • When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure
  • Consider car sharing programs or renting

and there is much more you can do... we arent all perfect but lets try, at least, to keep these things in mind and make a difference.

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