Green Tips for 2011

Have a happy and green New Year!

Some tips from :  True Green Life in 100 Everyday Ways by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin

Re-use this year’s holiday cards by cutting them up and making new cards for next year.

Stop junk mail   websites such as:  mailstopper.tonic.com

Many people have switched to compact fluorescent lighting, but those bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and should not go in the trash.  Light bulb recycling   (lamprecycle.org)

Don’t flush medications.

Switch to natural shampoo and keep chemicals off your skin and out of the groundwater:  Noshampoo.com.  Their suggestion:  make shampoo from 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap, and a teaspoon of sunflower oil or olive oil.  Others recommend baking soda.

Raise chickens  —   (poultryone.com)

Xeriscape and find ways to reduce water and chemical use on the lawn.  According to the EPA, Americans use a staggering 800 million gallons of gas each year cutting their lawns.    Suggested website:  Sustainable-gardening.com

Buy less stuff in packaging.  The average American generates 4 and a half pounds of waste every day.

Reduce fish consumption.  Although doctors say eating fish is healthy, many scientists are concerned that our oceans are becoming overfished.  Indeed, many fishing practices such as longlining (to catch tuna) kill sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, and dolphins.  (http://www.seaturtles.org)

Recommended websites:

Betruegreen.com

Plantabillion.org

Stopglobalwarming.org

Beyondpesticides.org

Cleanuptheworld.org

Saveourenvironment.org

Janegoodall.org

Noimpactman.com

Treehugger.com

Thedailygreen.com

Earth911.com

Eartheasy.com

Greenglancy.com

Greenyour.com

Greenpages.org

Cooperativegrocer.coop

Coopdirectory.org

Ncba.coop

 

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