tiffanys Saving Energy in Fun and Dirty

Saving Energy in Fun and Dirty Ways

If you want to help clean up this big ball of dirt we call home, you better be ready to get messy. From the backyard to the bedroom (you’re welcome), here are 10 easy ways to dig in and get your green on.Got a green thumb? Then it’s time to start greening your eco footprint. You don’t need a green thumb to make a difference to the planet, though: Swapping just one plant based meal for a lunchtime burger saves 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 133 gallons of water, and 24 square feet of land, according to the PB Campaign. When planning your garden (or your day’s meals) make sure your veggies hit the full spectrum of colors. “It’s built in insurance that you are going to get all of your essential vitamins and nutrients,” Loux says.2. Wrap It UpAbout 10.4 billion condoms wind up in landfills every year. Most are made of biodegradable latex, but added stabilizers, preservatives, and hardening agents slow down the process big time. Meanwhile, polyurethane condoms don’t break down at all. Natural latex condoms, however, have fewer chemicals and can more easily be broken down, and they’re just as effective. GLYDE ethical and vegan condoms pack natural ingredients, are never tested on animals, and are endorsed by the Vegan Society, PETA’s Caring Consumer program, and Ethiquette.3. Get Your Poop Together (Your Pet’s, That Is)It might be a part of nature, but pet poop isn’t good for the earth. The stinky stuff is full of bacteria and contaminants, which can run into streams, lakes, and oceans or be tracked right into your home. So next time you’re on a walk with Fido, scoop that poop! But don’t put it in a plastic bag (which would take more than 100 years to biodegrade). Loux recommends BioBag’s compostab tiffanys le Dog Waste bags.4. Bounce Around on Your Sti tiffanys nky SneaksYour old, worn out athletic kicks can last decades in a landfill. Luckily, Nike’s Reuse a Shoe program turns old, worn out athletic shoes of any brand into courts, playgrounds, and tracks, helping you sav tiffanys e space in your closet and in landfills. Since 1990, the program has repurposed more than 25,249,000 shoes.5. Get KinkyToss the batteries, opt for natu tiffanys ral lotions, and start recycling. Recycling? Yep. Glass and aluminum bedroom toys for adults can go right in your recycling bin. That’s got to tickle your and the recycling guy’s fancy. Plus, every toy you send in earns you a $5 voucher to the company’s recycled sex toy line.6. Bury Your WasteGet your mind out of the litter box and just get composting, already. Composting boosts soil’s nutrient content while decreasing and, in some cases, completely eliminating its preservatives, pesticides, and contaminates. Composting will also help that vegetable garden (see “Dig Up Your Food,” above) grow like it’s straight out of Little Shop of Horrors. Are you a composting virgin? Fill your compost with food scraps and a mixture of fresh and dry leaves and grass. Loux recommends using a NatureMill Automatic Compost Bin. Just plug it in and let it mix, heat, and aerate the compost. Don’t worry; it’s super energy efficient.7. Department of Energy. Not too environmentally friendly, especially when you take into account all of the chemicals that rinse down the drain with that water. So skip a shower. If you’re getting really stinky, opt for a bath. It only uses about nine gallons of water and is pretty darn relaxing, too.8. Get a Bigger HamperThe average American family washes nearly 400 loads of laundry each year, with the average washing machine using about 41 gallons of water per load. Wait until you have enough laundry to actually fill the washer, Loux says. And don’t put anything in the hamper unless it’s really dirty. Case in point: Big, fluffy, water sucking bath towels. You’re clean when you dry yourself off after bath time, so you really don’t need to wash your towel every day. Who will know the difference? Luckily, only the earth.9. Be Shady”Trees are our best friends when it comes to sequestering carbon dioxide from the air,” Loux says. The average tree can remove about a ton of carbon dioxide emissions throughout its lifetime. Plus, trees can reduce house temperatures in the summer, while allowing the sun to warm the house in the winter. Don’t have a yard to call your own? The Nature Conservancy is always in need of tree planting volunteers.10. Skip to the LooMore than a quarter of your indoor water goes to one and one thing only: your toilet. So spend some time checking out its age and condition. While older toilets use between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush, WaterSense labeled toilets use 75 to 80 percent less water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Plus, a leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day, the EPA reports. If you really want to be good to the environment, save a flush by adopting your dad’s old saying: “if it’s yellow, let it mellow.”

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