Recycling is important, but first and foremost: Use less. The things you do use can often be used over and over again â€“ either for the same purpose or for something totally new. Be creative.
Set aside bins in your green home to separate and collect recyclable materials, including newspapers, white paper, clear and colored glass, plastic water and milk bottles, aluminum, cardboard, batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Check with your local trash-collection company, municipal government or business directory to find out what recycling services are available.
Packing peanuts and other loose fill will sit in a landfill for centuries, but there are lots of places you can bring them for recycling. Call the Peanut Hotline at 1-800-828-2214.
Many computers, monitors, cell phones and other electronics include toxic materials that should not sit in landfills, and youâ€™d be surprised how many retailers and other companies will take your old gadgets for recycling. The Environmental Protection Agency can help you find local electronics recyclers. And that's not all: Did you know you can recycle athletic shoes? Mattresses? Dry-cleaning hangers?
Use non-toxic, environmentally safe, biodegradable cleaning products, including laundry products, which you can find at any natural grocery and even many mainstream stores. Just read the labels carefully. Donâ€™t pollute your indoor air or mask odors that could alert you to a problem. Choose fragrance-free products.
Use nontoxic gardening techniques. Many gardeners over-apply or improperly apply pesticides, putting themselves, their families and pets at increased health risk. Nearly half of all households have pesticides stored within reach of children. About 230,000 people each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to various lawn and garden tools. Our clean air and drinking water are affected by pesticides and garden equipment emissions.
Unplug the â€œsecret energy addictsâ€ in your home: TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cable TV boxes, computers and printers, video game consoles, microwave ovens and AC adapters for cell phones, digital cameras and other electronics. Most electronic equipment, including anything that uses a remote control, is designed to consume energy when it is turned off. That â€œoffâ€ setting is actually a â€œstandbyâ€ or â€œidlingâ€ mode. Standby power in the average household consumes 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Thatâ€™s enough energy to power an entire home for two months, or more. The solution? Unplug anything that isnâ€™t being used.
Use compact fluorescent lamps in your lights.
Wash your clothes in cool rather than hot water.
Source: U.S. Green Building Council
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