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7 Simple Things You Can Do To Live Green

Posted Jun 07 2011 6:10pm
From the moment we wake up in the morning until the time we put our heads down at night there are a thousands of simple things we can do to live a more green life and reduce our carbon footprint on the planet.  The best way to get involved in this societal shift towards green living is to arm yourself with knowledge.   Her are just 10 simple ideas that you can do to live more green:Reduce Water Consumption:  when brushing your teeth don’t let the water run - turning the tap off when you brush your teeth can save up to 9 liters of water… that’s a whole lot of water saved every morning and night!Use a Coffee Thermos:  give yourself a bit of extra time in the morning to make a fresh pot of your favorite blend, and fill up your coffee thermos to take to work.   Using a reusable coffee thermos will cut down on waste in the landfill; preserve trees, water and energy.   Just think of the thousands of coffee’s ordered across North America every day, that’s a lot of waste!Take the Bus or Carpool:  did you know that an average midsize vehicle driven 20,000 km produces about 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide (Environment Canada n.d.c)?   By taking the bus or carpooling with fellow employees can drastically reduce the amount of harmful chemicals being released into our atmosphere.   Not to mention reduce congestion on the roads!Recycle & Reuse:  one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!   Create a space in the office lunchroom to bring items from home that you’re not using anymore for others in the office to take and reuse.   Trading items at work saves everyone money and reduces the carbon footprint created by buying new items off the shelf.Shop Locally:  when shopping for groceries for the family, or if you are buying new products, try to buy locally.   There are always great fruit and vegetable stands set up on the side of the road this time of year.   Buying locally reduces the emissions put out by the transporting goods into other areas, and it’s always good to support local companies and farmers, keeping our hard earned dollars in Canada!Watering your Lawn:  be sure to water your lawn in the evening when the sun goes down to reduce the amount of water evaporate by the sun.   Try watering for 2-3 minutes, let that water absorb and then water again.   This reduces run off and wasted water.   Get a rain barrel for watering your garden, the hot summer weather increases the amount of water being used in all communities, but the source of water does not. Recycle and Compost:  with the new Green Bin system in Ottawa, more residents are composting.   It is essential that we all get on board this program to reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills.   Did you know that recycling just one plastic bottle the amount of energy conserved can light a 60watt bulb for 6 hours?    It takes thousands of years for plastic to break down in our landfills, is this the kind of planet we want to leave for our children and our grandchildren?There are literally thousands of things we can be doing on an everyday basis to reduce our carbon footprint, this is just the tip of the iceberg.   In the hustle and bustle life we need to stop and think about what we are doing to ourselves and our planet.   Greenhouse gases are not only bad for the environment but they are bad for our health.   We only have one earth, let’s do our part to protect it for future generations.
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