Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday ~ Thinking Green from A to Z

Here are a few short suggestions taken from a larger list on the website "A-to-Z list of ideas for Going Green" . Simply a few ideas to get you started:

A - Avoid Fast Food:Most fast food is overpackaged with the companies responsible for producing mountains of trash. By avoiding fast food whenever possible, you'll help reduce this needless waste.
B- Buy Products Made Of Recycled Paper: How can you tell if a package is recycled? Look right on the package. Many have specific claims, such as "made of 100 percent recycled material." However, some recycled packages don't advertise this fact, although there are ways you can find out for yourself. For example, when shopping for cereal, cookies, crackers, and other groceries packaged in cardboard boxes, make sure boxes are made from recycled paper. If the underside is gray or dark brown, the cardboard is made of recycled material. If it's white, it is made of unrecycled material.
C - Contribute To A Good Cause You don't have to contribute a lot of money. In fact, you don't have to contribute money at all. A local environmental group probably can use your and your friends' help in a variety of ways. By volunteering for just a few hours a week, you'll be making a worthwhile contribution to the environment.
D - Donate Your Toys To A Worthy Cause: When you get tired of or grow out of your games and toys and other things, don't throw them away. Even if they are broken, they may be fixed and used by other kids less fortunate than you. You'll also be keeping these things out of the trash.
E- Eat Organic Produce: Organic produce contains far fewer chemicals than other produce. That's probably better for your health, and it is definitely better for the environment. All those chemicals get washed off of farmers' fields into rivers and streams, where they pollute our water. In addition, many of the chemicals are made from petroleum and other nonrenewable resources. So, don't eat chemicals--eat real food!
F - Feed The Birds: Birds need water to drink and foot to eat. Feeding birds not only brings a bit of nature to your backyard, it also helps rid the yard of many kinds of bugs. you can hang a bird-feeder from a tree or place it outside your window, or build a birdbath in your yard from which the birds can drink water.
G - Grow A Garden: A garden provides flowers, vegetables, and environmental benefits. It can help to reduce soil erosion and may help to reduce some kinds of air pollution. Try to grow your garden using as few pesticides and chemical fertilizers as possible.
H - Have A "Green" Picnic: Plan an outing that doesn't create a lot of waste or pollution. For example, if you're having a barbecue, avoid using lighter fluid--it contains naphthalene, an air pollutant which is suspected of causing cancer. Instead, use an electric starter or, better yet, a device that lets you start coals using newspapers instead of fluid. Use real plates and utensils instead of paper or plastic, and reusable tin or heavy plastic cups instead of disposable paper or plastic ones. Wash the cups and use them over and over. And set out separate trash bags for paper, glass, and aluminum.
I - Insulate Your Home: You may find a lot of energy being wasted right in your own home. After you've finished your energy audit, make a list of the things you believe should be done. Your local hardware-store sales person can help you determine how much the improvements will cost, how much energy they will save, and how much money your family will save in reduced energy bills.
J - Join An Environmental Group: There are hundreds of good organizations around the country. Most of them have annual membership fees of $25 or less, and some have special rates for kids or students. Try to find one that focuses on something your are particularly interested in. Go to a meeting, event, or other activity. You'll probably meet some other kids with similar interests as yours.
K - Keep The Car At Home: You've learned by now that automobiles are one of the single biggest sources of pollution. Most driving trips are under five miles, and you'd be surprised how many are under one mile. Try walking, biking, skateboarding, roller-skating, or taking the bus.
- LOOK Here for the rest of the alphabet and more tips on thinking Green: Going Green: A-to-Z List of Ideas.

1 comment:

Chef E said...

I am happy when I see others promoting this stuff... I try as much as I can to do everything to help our environment and improve my own health!

Hey guess what Denise...my friend and I are coming up next week. She finally decided it was time, and kind of sprung it on me that she bought a ticket. I can give you an idea of what day if you email me...I tried to find your email...