go green top 20
What can YOU do to get green? EASY! Here are Moksha's top 20 tips:
Choose Green Cleaning Products
STAT: Unsafe cleaners are wreaking havoc on our planet. If that's not enough, think of this: 15% of asthma cases are due to the fumes of conventional household cleaning products. Yuck!
ACTION: Go for biodegradable products such as Seventh Generation, Biokleen, Citra Solve and Benefect.
Pass on Plastic
STAT: 2.5 million plastic bottles end up in landfills every hour. Gross!
ACTION: Buy a reusable water bottle and truly feel the power of one person making a difference.
BYOB...Bring Your Own Bag
STAT: One million plastic bags are consumed every MINUTE!
ACTION: Make your fashion accessory a re-usable bag.
STAT: Turning one light off even an hour a day will save you up to 22,000 watts of energy over a year
ACTION: Simple...turn your lights off and stop lighting your empty rooms.
Be a fan of fans
STAT: At least 20% of your energy bill could be cut by using a fan.
ACTION: Install fans in your home and office where "hot and cool" can circulate instead of just cool.
STAT: U.S. drivers wasted 4.2 billion hours sitting in traffic in 2005. Zowie!
ACTION: Carpool and take public transit, or ride your bike!
STAT: 15% of our electrical bill is used up by vampire power (the electric power consumed by electronic appliances while in stand by mode or switched off)
ACTION: Unplug your cell phone charger, printer, computer when you're not using them and save yourself!
STAT: 58 million disposable cups are thrown away annually.
ACTION: Make it your morning routine...shower, brush your teeth, dance to footloose and then grab your take out mug.
STAT: Most fruits and vegetables travel between 2500km - 4000km to our plate.
ACTION: Find your local farmers market and wash dirt off your veggies instead of gross, toxic pesticides.
Shorten your Shower
STAT: By shortening your shower from 10 to 5 minutes you could save up to 14,000 litres of water a year!
STAT: Every year nearly 900 MILLION trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.
ACTION: Remember paper is made from trees and trees are awesome! So, go double sided, use 100% recycled paper and try to eliminate as much paper from your life as you can
STAT: 7 football fields worth of land is bulldozed every minute to make room for farmed animals and the crops that feed them.
ACTION: Exchange beef for broccoli and chickens for chick peas.
STAT: 70% of our household and yard waste can be composted.
ACTION: Click here to learn what you can put in the compost: http://www.plantea.com
Cold vs. Hot
STAT: using a cold water wash and rinse cycle for laundry can save up to 93% energy used from hot water.
ACTION: turn that dial to cold/cold so our planet doesn't get too hot/hot!
STAT: Around 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used to send junk mail to Americans every year. Catalogues and other direct mailings also account for 5.2 million tons of waste per year
ACTION: Put a sticker on your mailbox...no junk mail please...I like trees.
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Cut out Over-Packaging
STAT: of the 30 million tonnes of household waste that is generated in the UK every year, 5.9 million tonnes of that is just packaging
ACTION: Support brands with minimal packaging. if you need a pair of scissors to open your new pair of scissors...something's wrong.
Adjust the Thermostat
STAT: Turning your thermostat up or down by even 1 degree can save you 10% on your heating bill
ACTION: We double-dare you to change your thermostat by 1 degree and see if you can tell the difference. I'll bet you some good Karma you can't!
STAT: 35 BILLION paper statements, bills and payments are mailed each year in the US alone!
ACTION: Get online with your bank statements, cell phone bills, etc.
STAT: For the majority of North Americans, energy use represents the single largest contributor to the homeowner's pollution footprint.
ACTION: Power your home with green sources of energy! Providers like www.bullfrogpower.com make it easy to green your home.
Wipe Out Paper Towels
STAT: Americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day.
ACTION: Trade a roll of paper towels per week for dishcloths and you could save more than $100 per year.