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CARE for your Environment

May 07, 2019

We have been focusing on caring for our world in Advisory classes. Here are some tips to make a difference and taking care of our environment.

  1. Globe in the grassTake your family to the park and talk to them about the joy of being in green, clean, preserved places.
  2. When you are outside, pick up your rubbish and teach your kids that, just as they do not litter at home, they should act the same in our “global home”.
  3. Have a garden and teach your kids to care for the garden. If you live in an apartment building, have pot plants and take care of them.
  4. Every year, plant new things in your garden.
  5. When you go camping, put out your fire properly. Be careful with cigarettes and fire in the bush.
  6. Have a compost bin and put your organic waste in it.
  7. When you fish, make sure you follow the rules of fishing. The rules are there to protect the fish, but in the long term, they protect the people.
  8. Turn off the lights when they are not needed.
  9. Avoid long showers.
  10. Use water-saving appliances. Consider the water rating before you buy.
  11. Walk instead of driving.
  12. Ride a bike instead of driving.
  13. Walk up the stairs instead of using the elevator (it will make you healthy too).
  14. Car pool if you can.
  15. Install a “half flush” in your toilet.
  16. Use public transport if you can.
  17. Open your car windows from time to time.
  18. Hang your clothes outside to dry instead of using a dryer.
  19. Use your washing machine only when you have a full load.
  20. Use your dishwasher only when you have a full load.
  21. Use solar power.
  22. Recycle your clothes. Donate them or use their fabric to make something else. The more you use, the less everyone needs to produce.
  23. Separate your garbage and recycle.
  24. Buy products with less wrapping and packaging.
  25. Earth between two handsUse reusable bags and boxes instead of plastic bags.
  26. Do not print things you do not have to. Learn to adjust your computer applications to make text easy to read.
  27. Use recycled paper.
  28. Print on both sides of the page if possible.
  29. Use emails as much as you can to save printing.
  30. Pay your bills online (and choose to receive email statements) to save tons of paper waste.
  31. Be careful what you wash down the sink (avoid disposing of oil, paint or hazardous chemicals).
  32. Use a strainer in your sink.
  33. Plan your shopping. If you buy more than you need and have to throw it away, everybody loses.
  34. Use leftover food and make new dishes with it.
  35. Turn off taps and make sure they do not leak.
  36. Find ways to save water in your shower, toilet, garden and sink.
  37. Wash your car on the grass.
  38. Use energy-efficient light bulbs.
  39. Reuse your containers (just be careful when using them in a microwave oven).
  40. Buy in bulk to save on packaging.
  41. When you use your oven, avoid opening the door.
  42. When you heat water, heat only as much as you need.
  43. When you bake, try to do all your baking on one day, so you only have to preheat the oven once.
  44. Clean all your filters.
  45. Use timers for electric appliances.
  46. When you mow your lawn, use the cuttings for compost.
  47. Borrow equipment from people to avoid buying something you rarely use.
  48. Lend other people your equipment, for the same reason.
  49. Many hands carrying the EarthFind out natural alternatives for chemical cleaners.
  50. Reuse envelopes.
  51. Use old magazines and phone books for arts and craft.
  52. Avoid using disposable plates, cups and cutlery.
  53. If you can work from home, do it.
  54. Buy used furniture.
  55. Try to fix things before buying new ones.