First, of course, is recycling. If you have a program in your county, make complete use of it. Recycle everything. That means in the bins, as well as recycling all that wasted packaging you get in shipments. Examine if your company has a recycling program. If not, set up bins in the offices.
Second: Begin buying products that offer earth friendly packaging. If you have a favorite product that you see is wasteful in the packaging, email the company and let them know you are disappointed in their packaging and you will not be buying the products anymore. Take material bags when you go shopping and stop using those plastic bags. Many stores are instituting policies where you get credit for bringing your own recycled bags. If you have to have plastic bags, take them with you to the stores and recycle them in their recycle bins.
Third: At home, don’t preheat your oven. Only items such as bread or pastries need to have a preheated oven. Adjust the cooking time to allow for the temperature difference and don’t open the door; instead, view food through the oven window. Turn off your computer at night. Another idea is to stop rinsing your dishes before you put them into the dishwasher. This can save around twenty gallons of water. Replace your regular light bulbs with the eco-friendly fluorescent bulbs.
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