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according to the epa (environmental protection agency), americans use up to 100 gallons of water per day. nearly 450 million people in 29 countries face severe water shortages. predictions indicate that within 5 years, at least 36 u.s. states will face water shortages due to a combination of rising temperatures, drought, population growth, and waste.
research has shown that residential water use could be reduced by as much as 50 percent through efficiency. here are a few simple suggestions for reducing your water consumption. test your water sense with this quiz from the epa.
follow these tips to make your shopping trips eco friendly:
• use a reusable bag and not plastic bags. if only making a small purchase, forget the bag all together.
• bulk purchases: avoid products that are packaged for single use instead, buy in bulk and transfer the products to your own reusable containers.
• avoid trash: avoid creating trash wherever possible: when ordering food, avoid receiving any unnecessary plastic utensils, straws, etc. (ask in advance), buy ice cream in a cone instead of a cup, don’t accept “free” promotional products, buy products with the least amount of packaging, etc. every little bit of trash avoided does make a difference!
• reduce purchases: in general, think before you buy any product – do you really need it? how did the production of this product impact the environment and what further impacts will there be with the disposal of the product (and associated packaging materials)?
many american communities, citizens can recycle clear plastic milk jugs. usually, the clear jugs that are marked with a “2” and “hdpe” (stands for high-density polyethylene) are accepted. all you have to do is discard the lids, rinse out the jugs, squash them with your foot, and place them in the nearest recycling bin. here are ten unique uses for plastic milk jugs:
lemon juice is a natural substance that can be used to clean your home.
avoid using harsh chemical and use the natural elements of salt to clean everything from stained carpet to tarnished copper. salt is tough enough to tackle the hardest cleaning projects including polishing sinks, removing stains in carpet and revitalizing wood furniture.
reusable products when packing lunches for school or work can save a lot of plastic waste. think of the items used to pack a lunch that can easily be replaced with reusable items:
• sandwich bags • juice boxes • paper lunch bags • plastic forks and spoons
check out these reusable lunch products:
reusable snack pack
going green lunch bags
eco-friendly water bottle
• wash clothes in cold water and do full loads whenever possible. washing a small load, use appropriate water level and wash setting.
• hang clothes out to dry. put up a clothes line if you have room or you can use a folding drying rack.
• save money by not using dryer sheets. add 1/4 cup vinegar to final rinse in place of fabric softener. the scent goes away during the drying process.
• make your own laundry detergent. this consists of shredded bar soap, borax and washing soda.
• clean dryer lint filter very often. clothes will dry quicker with an empty filter.
• when using the dryer don’t over dry the laundry. check it until you have an idea on how long it actually takes to dry the clothing and then set dryer timer for that time.