Recycle, recycle, recycle - It is as easy as taking the aluminum can and dropping it in the recycle bin. Along with plastic bottles, newspapers, and glass bottles this is a simple and effective method.
Use Paint that does not contain VOC – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are toxic chemicals found in furniture, tables, wallpaper, paint, and basically anything that is manmade or is sprayed with manmade chemicals. One easy way is to avoid paints and wallpaper that contain VOC. If you are not sure about the ingredients then definitely buy well known low toxic paints (like Ieko or Earthborn).
Buy Already Used – Craigslist is gold for great products. Why spend $2000 on a sofa when you can buy it on craigslist for $300 AND avoid the fate of the landfill. People are always moving in a rush, take advantage of that by buying great furniture products that don’t end up in the garbage and pollute the environment.
Buy Bamboo – Bamboo is a grass not a tree and so it grows quickly and is versatile. Bamboo can be used in flooring, window blinds, or just about any living room furniture. The only downside to bamboo is that it uses a lot of water during reforestation, but takes little time to reforest compared to trees.
Stop with the Polystyrene Cups – You know it as Styrofoam from the Dow Chemicals Company but actually Styrofoam as a cup does not exist, it’s actually polystyrene . You go to parties and they have Styrofoam cups and plates and it is terrible.
Take cloth bags to the grocery store – Those little plastic bags used by grocery stores are flimsy and not recycled by people. Considering that large cities like San Francisco are charging consumers for plastic bags, start now and use nice cloth bags. Even a backpack is great for filling up heavier items in it.
Stop with the bottle water - Really? You NEED bottle water? You’re incapable of putting a filter on your tab for 40 bucks and rather spend $1.20 per bottle every day? More than 1.6 Billion bottles are not recycled in the UK each year. Bottled water takes up space. Bottled water is a waste. Bottled water use plastics; which in turn use petroleum. Instead use a hard plastic bottle, fill it with water, and take it to the gym, work, car. If you are concerned about tap water not being clean, put a filter on. Remember, just because it’s from a bottle doesn’t make it clean water either; the Perrier scandal taught a lesson there.
Article by Preeti Pradhan