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101 Ways to Help Save the Environment! 

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

There are many things you can do to help save the environment. Remember, you may not be able to do all of the things on this list, or even half of them, but every little bit helps your community and our planet!

  1. Recycle plastic bottles
  2. Recycle aluminum cans
  3. Plant a tree
  4. Use energy saving light bulbs in your house
  5. Turn off lights when leaving a room
  6. Ride your bike or walk to a friend’s house if they live close by and your parent say its OK.
  7. Have a garage sale instead of throwing your old stuff away
  8. Use re-useable shopping bags at the grocery store
  9. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones
  10. Dispose of hazardous materials properly
  11. Bring your lunch to school in reusable containers
  12. Build a bird house for your backyard.
  13. Recycle paper.
  14. Take shorter showers.
  15. Turn off and unplug your TV when you’re not watching it.
  16. Make sure video games are turned off when not in use.
  17. Turn off computers at night on when you leave the house.
  18. Use both sides of a piece of paper.
  19. Remember the three “R’s” Reduce, Reuse, an Recycle.
  20. Choose recycled and recyclable products when shopping.
  21. Pick up trash.
  22. Donate old clothes to charity instead of throwing them out.
  23. Lower the thermostat to 72 degrees.
  24. Switch to a low flow shower head.
  25. Build a compost bin.
  26. Dry cloths on a clothes line not the dryer.
  27. Send E-greeting cards instead of paper.
  28. Buy organically grown fruits and vegetables.
  29. Use recycled paper.
  30. Buy Forest Stewardship Council (FSC ) certified products .
  31. Collect rainwater to water flowers and plants.
  32. Only turn on the dishwasher when it is full.
  33. Buy only what you need.
  34. Use non toxic cleaners.
  35. Don’t wash dishes with the water running.
  36. Set the refrigerator temperature between 38F and 42F.
  37. Set the freezer to 5 degrees F.
  38. Use cloth napkins.
  39. Use washable plates, silverware and glasses.
  40. Wash only full loads of laundry in the machine.
  41. Wash with warm water instead of hot.
  42. Turn off the water while washing your hands.
  43. Dress warm: don’t turn up the thermostat.
  44. Dress cool: don’t turn on the air conditioner.
  45. Raise shades on winter days to keep the house warmer
  46. Lower them in summer to keep the house cooler.
  47. Share books and magazines with friends or donate them when finished
  48. Reuse textbooks.
  49. Plant a garden.
  50. Drive the speed limit.
  51. Use the microwave, it uses less energy than the stove.
  52. Rinse your cans and bottles before recycling.
  53. Recycle printer ink cartridges.
  54. Donate your old computer instead of throwing it out.
  55. Use cloth rags instead of paper towels.
  56. Don’t litter.
  57. Organize a neighborhood clean up.
  58. Use acrylic paint not oils.
  59. Put a plastic bottle or two, filled with water and rocks, in your tank to reduce the amount of water used in each flush.
  60. Take the bus or other forms of mass transportation whenever possible.
  61. Buy locally produced foods.
  62. Use cold water instead of hot.
  63. Write to companies and urge them to use paper instead of plastic bags.
  64. Recycle glass.
  65. Email a link to this list to 10 friends.
  66. Limit your use of disposable items.
  67. Recycle car batteries.
  68. Recycle or donate old cell phones.
  69. Make your own wrapping paper with comics, maps or drawings.
  70. Buy natural and organic products.
  71. Cancel catalogs and junk mail subscriptions.
  72. Use a laptop (they use 80% less energy than a desktop computer).
  73. Use recycled content toilet paper.
  74. Dry the dishes on a rack.
  75. Buy secondhand stuff from garage sales and thrift stores whenever possible.
  76. Reuse jars bags and food containers.
  77. Clean or replace the filter in your air conditioner. New filters mean less electricity is wasted!
  78. Reuse bath towels several times before washing.
  79. Reuse zip top plastic bags.
  80. Drink filtered tap water not bottled.
  81. Don’t print your emails.
  82. Eat foods that are in season.
  83. Walk.
  84. Learn more about threats to the ocean and rain forests.
  85. Start a “Green” blog. Tell others what you’re doing for the environment.
  86. Don’t stand in front of the fridge with the door open for any longer than necessary.
  87. Color with water based markers.
  88. Adopt a pet.
  89. Avoid fast food. Most fast food is over packaged and are responsible for producing mountains of trash.
  90. Don’t buy aerosols whenever it can be avoided.
  91. Join an environmental group.
  92. Read labels. Find out about a product’s ingredients and whether it contains anything that might be hazardous to your health or the environment.
  93. Visit a recycling center. There’s a lot you can learn.
  94. Use all natural candles made from soy or bees wax.
  95. Educate others about the environment.
  96. Compost your food scraps.
  97. Use a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioner.
  98. Avoid toys and products made with PVC or other materials that are toxic or will never biodegrade.
  99. Grow and care for a house plan.
  100. Buy clothes made from organic cotton
  101. Educate yourself, you can only solve a problem if you know what the problem is!



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