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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.
lemon juice is a natural substance that can be used to clean your home.
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.
save a bundle of money and cut down on use of energy and chemicals by steam cleaning your clothes at home. a number of modern appliances are now available to make it easier.
contrary to what some people think, dry cleaning does not extend the life of any garment. as with any other type of cleaning, the process still introduces wear and tear on your fabrics. so if you have woolens, fine suits or other items that are marked “dry cleaning only,” you should consider your options.
if you go to a traditional neighborhood dry cleaner, they will likely use perc (perchloroethylene), a volatile organic compound that can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea and irritation. some cleaners use a less-toxic hydrocarbon called df-2000, but the epa lists that as a neurotoxin and skin and eye irritant. a better option is a carbon dioxide-based “green cleaner.”
still, save the expense, and the need to leave the house, with a steam cleaner. lg’s steam wash and dry system uses less water than even a front-loading laundry machine. these types of cleaners are great for pressing slacks and other items you want looking their best.
cell phones and personal digital assistants (pda’s) have revolutionized both the home and workplace. although many consumers simply keep old devices in an obscure drawer around the house, these devices can be easily recycled.
to find out where to donate or recycle your old cell phone:
• contact your cell phone provider to see if they offer this service
• many best buy stores accept cell phones at the recycling kiosk, just inside the door
• www.charitablerecycling.com offers free prepaid shipping labels to those donating cell phones
• www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com (non-profit) will accept any type of cell phone, phones are sold to a company that recycles them. the money received is used to purchase calling cards for u.s. troops stationed overseas.
with the wide use of all sorts of electronic gadgetry items the invention of the invention of rechargeable batteries provide freedom from the traditional alkaline batteries.