Environmentalism Doesn’t Have to Be Boring! 3 Green Lists That EVERYONE Should Know About [Teen Article]
Posted Jun 16 2009 5:36pm
Jessica is an 18-year-old freelance writer from Southern Oregon. She enjoys traveling, volunteering, and hanging out with friends. And, of course, she loves to write. That’s probably why she’s had her work published in Susie, Teen Ink, Camp Business, Next Step, G4T Ink and Devozine. You can also visit her blog at http://blog.seattlepi.com/teentalk /
The following lists are taken from the “Going Green” chapter in my unpublished book, Volunteeristic! If you work for a book publishing company or know someone who does, please leave a comment on this post and I’ll see if we can work something out!
12 Things to Do With an Old Magazine (Besides Throwing It Out)
This also applies to catalogs, newspapers, books, college information, and the like.
1. Put it in the recycling bin.
2. Cut out letters and pictures to use with scrapbooking.
3. Donate it to the library.
4. Give it to a friend.
5. Use a colorful page as wrapping paper.
6. Create a collage of your favorite pictures and articles.
7. Look through it and clip any coupons you may find.
8. Scribble on the cover with all of your pens to make sure that they work.
9. Cut out a sidebar quote and glue it to cardstock to make a bookmark.
10. Clip recipes and put in a binder as a “cookbook”.
11. Tear a page into tiny pieces. It’s a good stress-buster and good confetti!
12. Turn a page with pretty print into origami art!
10 Easy Breezy Green Ideas
1. Walk or ride your bike for short trips instead of using a car. For longer distances, consider using public transportation or a carpool.
2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
3. Use a digital camera in place of a disposable one. Only print the pictures that you’re sure you want to have.
4. Pledge to use the TV/computer/radio less every day.
5. Make an agreement with your friends that, instead of passing notes and sending each other letters, you’ll text or e-mail.
6. Turn your cell phone off during school and before you go to bed to save energy. When you charge the phone, unplug it as soon as it’s done charging.
7. Do you get catalogs, college information and junk mail that you just don’t want? Call or e-mail the company that sent it to you and ask them to take you off of their mailing list.
8. During daylight, open your window to let the sunshine in. Try to only turn on your light when it’s dark. Consider trading incandescent light bulbs for their fluorescent counterparts.
9. Conserve water by taking shorter showers, and turning the water faucet off when you brush your teeth.
10. Recycle things like paper, cardboard, bottles, and soda cans. You can often receive some money for redeeming cans and bottles. If your garbage service doesn’t offer recycling, take your papers to school and see if you can recycle them there. If not, write a letter (on recycled paper, of course) to your city or garbage service, asking that recycling be made available.
Five Ways that You Can Use the Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to Benefit Others:
1. Secondhand stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul will sell your clothing and then use the earnings to help homeless or low-income people. Plus, their stores are filled with tons of great clothes at very low prices!
2. Foster care systems often appreciate donations like used clothes, books, toys, bedding and school supplies. When a kid goes into the foster care system, the foster family usually doesn’t have all of the supplies they need right away, so this could greatly help them out.
3. Schools, especially preschools, elementary schools, and special education classes, will gladly accept donations of toys, stuffed animals, CDs, and school supplies. Libraries love donations of books as well.
4. Camps will accept a variety of items, such as board games, gardening tools, bedding, CDs and CD players, televisions, and office supplies. You can also see if you can donate suitcases or clothing to a camper who may not be able to afford these things.
5. Day cares often need items like toys, school supplies, and art supplies. Make sure that whatever you give to a daycare is accommodating to the ages of the children that they care for.