Sustainability Week

  • Donate or recycle your old clothing rather than throwing it away.
  • Reduce Excess Baggage and pack lighter when travelling. Planes flying with extra baggage use more fuel.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath (a shower uses approximately one fifth of the energy that a bath does
  • Switch off lights in rooms at home when leaving the room
  • Use a laptop rather than a desktop. Laptops use up to 80 percent less energy
  • Use both sides of the page to print or copy
  • Share car journeys when you can. Organize car pools for regular commutes
  • Whenever possible walk, cycle or use public transport to get around rather than driving in your car.
  • Replace the light bulbs in your home with long life CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs. These last up to 12 times longer than regular bulbs and use up 80 percent less electricity than regular bulbs. You could simply replace your regular bulbs as and when they burn out
  • Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop. This will reduce the usage of the paper cups, the energy used to produce them and save trees. Paper cups are usually not 100% recycled.
  • When you mow the lawn, leave the clippings spread across the grass. It decomposes and fertilizes the ground.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer. This will reduce your energy used, saving the environment and your electric bill.
  • Try to use something other than black plastic garbage bags. The black bags can't be recycled because of the black pigment they put in them to make them black. So if possible stick with white or even better don’t use any at all.
  • Unplug it!- Unplug appliances that you don't use frequently. Most electronics have a standby mode that siphons energy even when not in use. Cell phone chargers, laptops, televisions, stereos — there's a whole list of items that should be unplugged when not in use. Try using a power strip for groups of electronic items. One flick of the switch and it's all off
  • Pay attention to packaging.- When out shopping, try to go to stores or co-ops that keep packaging to a minimum. For example, you may choose to buy the loose tomatoes rather than boxed or plastic-wrapped tomatoes. Also, take reusable bags to the grocery store. When it comes to resources, plastic is better than paper — but a reusable cloth tote-style bag is better still
  • Ditch bottled water.- Bottled water has a huge carbon footprint — it's bottled at one location in small plastic bottles and shipped all over. Try buying a reusable water bottle or canteen for your water. Also, a lot of restaurants have made the move from offering fancy bottled water, usually imported from an exotic source, to using in-house filtration systems that make tap water a good choice. Many plastic water bottles are recycled, but most are not, making the footprint even bigger.
  • Take a direct flight.- If you need to travel by airplane, try taking a direct flight when at all possible. Your impact is reduced when you take one flight, as opposed to hopping on a couple or more passenger jets to reach your final destination. You might also feel a little less harried when you arrive, because changing planes can be a real hassle

Sources

  1. http://www.squidoo.com/Carbon-Footprint-2
  2. http://sustainability.publicradio.org/consumed/tips.html