Thursday, May 19, 2005

10 Ways to Save the Earth

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reduce the amount of trash discarded, Reuse containers and products, and Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard, and newspapers.

2. Save Our Trees: Recycle paper, mail, newspapers and magazines. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels.

3. Drink Responsibly: Use reusable coffee mugs and water bottles at work or on the go--you'll use less paper and plastic.

4. Hoof It: In the U.S., cars are responsible for about 25 percent of the greenhouse gases produced and 20 percent of the global total. Reduce the impact of your car use by carpooling, biking or walking. And if your car trip will take less than 5 minutes don't even bother grabbing your keys.

5. Stop Toppin' Off: Don't top off your gas tank--any gas you spill evaporates and contributes to air pollution.

6. Conserve Water: Do only full loads of laundry and don't let the water run when you brush your teeth or shave. An open faucet pours 5 gallons of water every 2 minutes.

7. Buy Items with Recycled Content: Buying items made from recycled content creates a need for recycled material. Try to cut down on your use of disposable items, like razors, dishes, and coffee cups.

8. Donate your Mobile: Checking out the latest cell phone? If you decide to buy a new phone, put your old one to good use by donating it to a charitable organization rather than throwing it away and clogging landfills.

9. Conserve Electricity: Put your computer in sleep mode and use power strips to switch off TVs and other electronics when you're not using them. Their standby power consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously. Unplug phone and camera chargers when you're not using them.

10. Use Compact Fluorescent Lights: Use compact fluorescent lights and shut off the lights when you leave a room. One compact fluorescent bulb will keep half a ton of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
-MTVs Trippin' Website

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