Monday, June 14, 2010

Problems to Solve & Helping Out

PROBLEMS TO SOLVE:

AIR POLLUTION:

  • Have Plants – Plants can absorb some dangerous chemicals that are polluting your air. In doing so, they reduce your risk of getting sick.
  • Minimize Air Conditioning – If you can avoid air-conditioning, do so. By keeping windows and shades shut, you may be able to avoid needing air conditioning, which will mean using less energy.
  • Use Efficient Appliances – To cut down on energy usage, buy energy-efficient home appliances. Less energy usage will not only decrease pollution, it will decrease your energy bill too.
  • Watch Out For Formaldehyde – Don't buy products containing formaldehyde because it can enter the air and cause chronic respiratory problems.
WATER POLLUTION:
  • Use Nontoxic Substances – If you can avoid purchasing products containing toxic chemicals, do so. Otherwise, there is a threat that these chemicals could enter the environment and the water supply.
  • Substitute Substances – You can make your own non-toxic versions of many popular products, such as insect repellents. Doing so prevents the toxic chemicals found in these products from entering the environment and the water supply.
  • Don't Dump Chemicals – Never pour toxic substances down the drain. Although water is cleaned, cities do not have the equipment to eliminate all toxic substances from the water supply.
  • Dispose of Hazardous Waste – Make sure that hazardous waste is properly disposed of, not simply left around or placed with other garbage.
HELPING OUT:

WHILE SHOPPING:
  • Buy in Bulk – By purchasing large quantities of an item, you reduce the amount of packaging that you will need to throw away.
  • Buy Recyclable Products – When deciding between products, pick the one that can be recycled rather than sent to a landfill when you are done using it.
  • Eat Organic Food – If you have a chance to eat organic food, do so because it will prevent food producers from using pesticides and other dangerous chemicals.
  • Get Durable Products – If you can avoid buying disposable products that will end up in landfills, get more durable ones that will last longer.
  • Look at the Packaging – Don't buy products that have excessive layers of packaging. These packages only end up in landfills anyway.
  • Purchase Recycled Products – On the labels of many products it will say if a product is made from recyclable materials. Many of them are, and buying these will help to cut down on waste.
  • Use Recyclable Bags – Plastic bags that are used by some grocery stores are not fully biodegradable. Instead, ask for paper bags, which can be reused and then recycled.
ON THE ROAD:
  • Carpool – Driving releases a huge number of toxic chemicals into the air and damages the environment. If you can carpool, you will cut down on the amount of pollution that is created.
  • Do Not Tailgate – By having to stop and then accelerate again often, you waste gas quickly.
  • Get a Fuel-Efficient Car – Not only will a fuel-efficient car pollute less and use up less gas, it will save you money too.
  • Inflate Your Tires – By keeping your tires inflated, you can prevent them from wearing out as fast and increase their lifetime.
  • Recycle Your Motor Oil – Every year, the United States puts about 350 million gallons of motor oil into the environment. It is possible that this oil can enter the ground and our water supply. As a result, you should always take your motor oil to a gas station to have it recycled.
  • Take the Bus – Taking public transportation helps to cut down on the number of vehicles on the road, reducing the amount of pollution that is created.
  • Take the Railroad – When travelling long distances, railroads are by far the most environmentally friendly option.

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