IN YOUR GARDEN
A beautiful and healthy lawn is good for our
environment. It can resist damage from weeds, disease, and insects.
Reading electronic books is
free, and it saves habitat. To jumpstart
your library, you can receive entire collections on CD or DVD. They are free to our members, include some of the greatest books ever written, and span a
variety of subjects.
You can also go online right
here, and start building your own personal library book by book. Just
Save habitat by purchasing paper
and wood with FSC labels (Forest Stewardship Council).
These products are made from trees harvested with rigorous scientific
and conservation standards.
SEND A LETTER
You can help by writing a letter to
President Lula of Brazil.
long distance, local telephone service, and
donate a portion of the revenue to protect vital rain forests.
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TAKE A SAFARI
Hundreds of projects
that protect species and habitat.
Volunteer for a Conservation Projects
conservation projects put you to work in stunning locations with local
people who carry out wildlife conservation. Experience is unnecessary,
just bring enthusiasm.
Take a volunteer vacations in Peru, or Costa Rica. These short-term adventures last
one to two weeks, and they focus on cultural-awareness and
tainability. They are often compared to a "mini peace corps". All
program costs, including the cost of airfare, are tax-deductible.
You need no special skills nor do you need to speak any
foreign language. Immerse yourself in a new culture. Enjoy befriending
people in new and interesting countries, and experience the reward of
helping them on meaningful community projects.
- Use the
Energy Star program (www.energystar.gov) to find energy
efficient products for your home. The right choices can save
families about 30% ($400 a year) while reducing our emissions of
greenhouse gases. Whether you are looking to replace old appliances,
remodel, or buy a new house, the can help.
is the government's backed symbol for energy efficiency. The
label makes it easy to know which products to buy without
sacrificing features, style or comfort that today's consumers
- Replace your standard
incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs. Just one
100w CFL reduces global warming pollution by 1,300 pounds!
- Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
- Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power than
- Purchase "Green Power" for your home's electricity. (Contact
your power supplier to see where and if it is available.)
- Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired.
- Cut back on air conditioning and heating use if you can.
- Insulate your home, water heater and pipes.
- Keep in mind that every trip adds to air pollution. Learn more
at It All Adds Up (www.italladdsup.gov).
Use Less Water
- Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Take short showers instead of tub baths.
- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the
faucet run until the water is cool.
- Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the
dishwasher; wash only full loads.
- Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water
level or load size selection on the washing machine.
- Buy high-efficient plumbing fixtures & appliances.
- Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day).
- Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day
(early morning is best).
- Water plants differently according to what they need. Check with
your local extension service or nurseries for advice.
- Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street
- Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and
- Keep your yard healthy - dethatch, use mulch, etc.
- Sweep outside instead of using a hose.
More information about using water efficiently at home
- Learn how to plant trees, build a pond, compost, and more from
the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation
Reduce / Reuse / Recycle
Practice the three R's: first reduce how much you use, then reuse what
you can, and then recycle the rest. Then, dispose of what's left in the
most environmentally friendly way. Read the tips below and explore the
Consumer's Handbook for Reducing Solid Waste (www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/reduce/catbook)
- Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
- Buy and use only what you need.
- Buy products with less packaging.
- Buy products that use less toxic chemicals.
- Repair items as much as possible.
- Use durable coffee mugs.
- Use cloth napkins or towels.
- Clean out juice bottles and use them for water.
- Use empty jars to hold leftover food.
- Reuse boxes.
- Purchase refillable pens and pencils.
- Participate in a paint collection and reuse program. For
information on handling household solid waste, visit
www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/citizens.htm or call
- Donate extras to people you know or to charity instead of
throwing them away.
- Recycle paper (printer paper, newspapers, mail, etc.),
plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans. If your
community doesn't collect at the curb, take them to a collection
- Recycle electronics. More information is at
- Recycle used motor oil (read
an EPA brochure in PDF format; 8pp., 750K; epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/recycle/recy-oil.pdf).
- Compost food scraps, grass and other yard clippings, and
- Close the loop - buy recycled products and products that use
recycled packaging. That's what makes recycling economically
possible. Learn more at
Handle Toxics Properly
Common household items such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and
pesticides contain hazardous components. Although we cannot completely
stop using hazardous products, we can make sure that leftovers are
managed properly. The best way to handle household hazardous waste is to
give leftovers to someone else to use.
Many communities have set up collection programs to keep hazardous
products out of landfills and combustors. More than
3,000 HHW collection programs exist in the United States. More
information is provided at