We all want to do our part to live a little greener. To be more environmentally conscious, and make decisions that are more ecologically friendly. To help protect the earth for our families, our children, and future generations to come. Eco-Foil® is a simple and easy way to start! Every piece is made from 100% recycled materials — the aluminum pans and the plastic lids. Plus, because every product is also 100% recyclable, you never have to worry about waste or harm to the environment. Simply remember to put Eco-Foil in your recycle bin after use, and you'll be making a difference, every time!
Recycling is a win-win for the individuals, communities and the environment! And Eco-Foil is now a significant part of the process to help make a difference for generations to come. Learn more about the benefits of recycling at Earth911.com
Choosing Eco-Foil is just one great way for you to do your part toward a greener lifestyle. Here are a few more simple tips that you can incorporate into your daily life to help save money, conserve energy and make an even greater impact every single day.
Recycling it one of the easiest and most effective things that you can do every day to help make a sustainable difference for our environment, the economy and your community. So always put your recyclables out for curbside pickup or take them to your local drop-off or buy-back center. To learn about the recycling efforts in your local neighborhood, visit Curbside Value Partnership at recyclecurbside.org.
Only half of all communities in the U.S. have some type of recycling program currently in place. If yours is part of the half that doesn't, take the initiative and get a new recycling program started today! For more information on steps you can take to get your community recycling, visit Curbside Value Partnership at recyclecurbside.org.
To make a greater difference in your community, get involved! A great way to get started is to speak out, and show that you care – connect with local business and government officials in your area, tell your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. Environmental groups and non-profit organizations like Keeping America Beautiful (http://www.kab.org/site/PageServer?pagename=getinvolved) are another great resource to start taking action, because they have affiliations in local communities nationwide.
Our landfills are filling up and running out of room, the EPA estimates that 25% of the garbage dumped into landfills in the U.S. is composed of food scraps and yard waste. That equates to 60 million tons of waste that could be put to better use by composting.
Composting is the purposeful biodegradation of organic matter, such as food scraps and yard waste. The decomposition of these resources is acted out by micro-organisms, typically bacteria, but also yeasts, fungi and worms.
This is nature's way of recycling and returning organic matter that is valuable to the earth to the planet. By adding compost to soil you can reduce the need for fertilizers, herbicide, or fungicide in gardens and landscaping. To learn more about the process of composting visit any of these links:
Environmentalists agree – "Clean doesn't have a smell." When your home is clean, it shouldn't smell like pine or lemon. Switch from toxic to non-toxic, natural cleaning products, like those from Seventh Generation, to help reduce your family's risk for developing asthma and other health problems that can be caused by toxic chemicals. For more green household cleaning tips and products, click here.
Another small step that makes a big difference. Give up just one paper napkin or towel a day, and you'll save a billion pounds of paper waste in landfills a year. Plus, each reusable cloth grocery bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime – keeping them out of our landfills (where they take 400 years to decompose) and preserving our forests (paper bags use nearly 14 million trees a year!) So instead of grabbing paper or plastic, use cloth instead!
Shop Smarter, and Recycle on the Go! Use products in containers that can be recycled in your community and items that can be repaired or reused. Also, support recycling markets by buying and using products made from recycled materials.
Look for recycling places in public spaces. If you can't find a place to recycle, ask the responsible authority to look into installing one so you can recycle on the go.
Buy Organic Produce. While this isn't a cost-saving eco-friendly tip, organic produce does take less energy to harvest and doesn't use pesticides, so it's healthier for the planet, and for our bodies – helping us all live a little healthier.
Replacing your old light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) is a convenient way to reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint because they use two-thirds less energy and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. Another great idea is using power strips for you computer, home entertainment systems and household appliances. Simply turn them off completely when you go to bed or leave for the day, and you'll eliminate wasting electricity and energy on "vampire" standby power.
Fix household faucet and toilet leaks –leaky faucets that drip at the rate of one drop per second can waste up to 2,700 gallons of water each year. Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators to reduce flow rates by 50% without reducing water pressure. Install low flush toilets to save gallons of water each day. Use laundry machines and dishwashers sparingly – only run them when their full! Never use the heated-dry setting on your dishwasher and consider air-drying clothes whenever possible. Reuse drinking cups over and over before washing. Practice smart landscaping, and use a set watering schedule.
Share a ride, take public transportation, and walk or bike whenever possible. Cars are most polluting when engines are cold during the first few minutes of operation, so practicing "trip-chaining" when you run errands, and planning out the most efficient routes for your daily driving schedule significantly helps help reduce emissions.
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