Take my Environmental Challenge!
Week 1: Trash Examination and Reduction
Week 2: Go Carbon Free "Car Free Day"
Week 3: Efficiency Week
Week 4: Start a Garden
What Can You Do?
Live in less than a 5 mile radius from work, school, or play? Ride a bike, skateboard, scooter, walk or run to reduce carbon emissions. The average car burns around 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) per gallon of gas. Start a trend of cutting emissions, gaining exercise, and making a difference one step at a time.
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRRR)
Refuse: Don't Use It!
AVOID Plastic and Styrafoam!
- Choose goods with no packaging.
Try buying from your stores Bulk Department.
Choose fresh organic produce over bagged produce.
- Don't take a bag if you don't need one. It won't kill you to carry a few items out.
- Choose Paper over Plastic, or bring a reusable bag.
- If you have to use disposable plates, bowls, or cups, choose paper!
Reduce: Use Less
- Choose goods with minimal packaging.
- Buy durable, repairable goods.
- Buy Local. Stay Local.
- Email instead of mail to reduce paper!
- Take notes on your phone or computer instead of a notebook.
Reuse: Use it Again
- Rent, borrow, lend items.
- Choose glass or ceramic storage containers instead of plastic bags or wrap.
- Choose Stainless Steel Reusable Bottles for your cold and hot drinks through out the day.
- Buy/Sell old clothes or donate.
- Reuse products in different ways.
Upcycle/Recycle: Return it for reprocessing
- Buy products from recycled material (close the loop)
- Encourage people around you to recycle!
- Instead of
Composting in Sonoma County
Composting is easy. Fruit/vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, paper coffee filters (Keurig and similar cups not accepted), and many other scraps are accepted. Learn what is accepted in your yard waste bin by visiting your local county waste collector or create a sustainable garden in your back yard. Get your compostable scraps, order a compost box from me, and start your composting garden. Buying worms are also a great way to achieve encouraging results in the garden.
- Install Low Flow Water Fixtures: Install water saving fixtures on your sinks, showers, and buy a low flow toilet to reduce water consumption and save on your water bill.
- Use CFL/LED lights: The lifetime of 42 incandescent light bulbs results to only 5 CFL bulbs or results to 1 LED bulb. Be wise when choosing your next light source.
- Buy efficient appliances: Buy ENERGY STAR efficient appliances when you are thinking about your next purchase.
- Use natural cleaners: Non-Toxic Natural Cleaners
- Collect rain water: (Check your local community to make sure it is legal to have a rain capture barrel.)
- Re-caulk/weather strip: You should check the exterior and interior of your windows and door jams annually to make sure there are no drafts, and make sure water is staying out, to prevent damage.
- Fix leaky pipes: Pipes should be checked annually to make sure you are not leaking any drips of water.
A Sustainable Yard
Want to take out your lawn? Try sheet mulching. Sheet mulching is a sustainable way to kill your grass and keep the nutrients in the soil. All you need is weed guard, compost or manure, rolls of cardboard, and mulch or your preferred material for the top. Plant some water tolerant plants to conserve water consumption.
Xeriscape: a landscape area that requires little or no irrigation.
Environmental Biking by Taylor Vorreiter
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