Ways to Save the Planet
Pick up trash
- If you see trash on the street or neighbourhood, pick it up! Even if it’s not your garbage, its still your planet!
Add air-cleaning plants
- Plants not only brighten up a room, they help keep the air clean! Shoot for at least one 4-5 ft plant per 100 square feet.
Insulation that is beautiful and cost effective
- Plant short, dense shrubs close to your home’s foundation to help insulate your home against cold, and use a light-colored roof to reduce heat absorption. You’ll be saving an estimated 13lbs of CO2 per tree.
- When shopping for cleaning products, etc., always buy refills when available to reduce the amount of packaging (Refills are usually cheaper too).
Buy Food in Bulk & Repack Reusable Containers
- Less packaging is used when you buy in bulk – and it’s usually a lot cheaper too! Once you get the food home, you can repack it in individual, reusable containers like Tupperware.
Shop with re-useable shopping bags
- Bring canvas or net bags with you to the store. When they ask “paper or plastic”, tell them “none, thanks, I have my own”
Buy products made from post-consumer recycled content
- When purchasing paper products, choose products with the highest percentage of recycled content, post-consumer recycled content is the best. Choose a tree-free paper alternative if possible.
Donate unused clothing and other items
- Rather than throwing away unused clothing and items that are in good shape, consider donating them to local charity homes. Many charities will even work with you to schedule a pick-up time.
Consider cloth diapers over disposable
- Over 18 billion disposable diapers are thrown in landfills each year, taking as many as 500 year to decompose. Disposable diapers make up the third largest source of solid waste in landfills, after newspapers and food.