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Eco Easy: 10 Easy Tips to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

In Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, World on 04/22/2011 at 12:13 pm

 

You awake to your iPhone after charging it overnight, you eat breakfast off a plastic plate, as you brush your teeth you keep the faucet running, you drive three and a half miles to work, you drink your daily Venti Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks and throw the plastic cup in the trash, you drink on average three 12 oz bottles of Poland Spring water per day and throughout the day you take four or five 15 minute cigarette breaks….Wait! In a matter of hours you’ve consumed electricity, wasted water, and emitted harmful fumes into the air. It’s Earth Day and it’s your opportunity to pursue a few of those GO GREEN initiatives!

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! By altering a few of your daily activities you can help protect the environment and make your carbon footprint less visible. But, just remember it all starts with YOU and YOUR HOME. Often by implementing a greener atmosphere within your home it will impact the way you treat the environment. MaxWell Medical is providing you with five ways to GO GREEN in your home.

5 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home

1.       Go Meatless Once a Week

Livestock produces a larger amount of greenhouse gases, so if you cut back from eating meat once a week, it will make a vast difference.

2.       Leave Your Shoes at the Door

Removing your shoes will help prevent your family from tracking in all the disgusting junk, chemicals and pesticides that are found outside your home.

3.       Microwave Glass, Never Plastic

Heating plastics can cause leaching into food and many contain hormone-disrupting compounds. Don’t just pop anything into the microwave. Make sure to use glass or microwave-safe ceramics.

4.       Don’t Dump, Donate

Avoid throwing your clothing in the trash. By donating your clothes to charity, every item helps reduce 27 pounds of carbon emission.

5.       Select Fragrance-Free Products

Conventional fragrances often contain chemicals believed to disrupt hormones, and they can be harmful to the ecosystem when washed down the drain. If you like perfumed soaps, cleaning products, or cosmetics, read labels to find those made with essential oils.

These changes are not so evasive and can be easily applied to your daily life. Something as simple as turning the faucet off can create a better tomorrow and ensure cleaner water for future generations. In fact, water is essential for life, the environment and is a major source of energy in some parts of the world. The human body itself is made up of about 60% water. By using these five helpful tips, you can help the environment by conserving more water.

5 Things to Do to Save Water

1.       Turn Off The Faucet While Brushing Your Teeth

The Effect

You- If you turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth, in one year you can help save 2,880 gallons of water.

US- If everyone in the U.S. did as well for an entire year, we could help save more than four times the annual flow of water in the Mississippi River.

2.       Install A Low-Flow Showerhead

The Effect

You- If you install a low-flow showerhead, in one year you can help save 4,550 gallons of water.

US- If everyone in the U.S. did as well for an entire year, it would be enough water to fill about 2,100 Giants’ Stadiums.

3.       Water Your Lawn With A Hose, Not A Sprinkler

The Effect

You- If you water your lawn with a hose and not a sprinkler, in one year you can help save 12,500 gallons of water.

US- If everyone in the U.S. did as well for an entire year, it would equate the total volume of water in Shasta Lake, in Northern California.

4.       Install Faucet Aerators

The Effect

You- If you install faucet aerators, in one year you can help save 1,000 gallons of water.

US- If everyone in the U.S. did as well for an entire year, it would be equal to 10 days of worth of water supplied to New York City.

5.       Bring Your Water With You

The Effect

You- If you decided to bring water everywhere you go, you can help save 577 gallons of water.

US- If everyone in the U.S. did as well for an entire year, it would equal the amount of water to cover all of Washington D.C., by 52 feet.

These tips are helpful suggestions on how you can help eliminate waste and protect our environment. And remember, Earth Day can be celebrated 365 days a year, so let’s all chip in, make a difference and inspire change. MaxWell Medical wants you to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE!

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