Green Living Tips
Each day, MEF member organizations educate people about ways to lower our environmental impact. Here are some tips for small changes to your daily life.
Take a Look at the Numbers: To see the changes one person can make, look at these statistics.
- By giving up bottled water, you save 216 pounds of CO2 emissions a year, and that's only one of the suggestions in Bridging The Gap's 5 Green Things action steps.
- If all U.S. households received and paid their bills online, it would eliminate more than 800,000 tons of waste each year. The New American Dream can help you stop junk mail, too.
- Heating water for laundry accounts for nearly 90 percent of the energy used to wash laundry. The Sierra Club asks, " How green is your laundry?"
- The average U.S. house creates two times more greenhouse-gas emissions than the average car. Audit your home's energy online with Home Energy Saver , or check out the Home Energy Yardstick.
- Americans throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags each year, and only one to three percent is recycled. Use, and reuse cloth bags! Visit our Canvas Bags page for more information.
- The James River Basin Partnership encourages properly pumped-out septic tanks. Their " Get Pumped " program has kept 300,000 gallons of septic waste from reaching Missouri's rivers.
- Slowing down from 75 to 65 miles per hour can reduce your gasoline consumption by 15 percent. Save gas and wear on your car; check out these tips from Consumer Reports http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/04/gas-saving-tips-and-myth...
Check out this carbon footprint calculator from The Nature Conservancy to see your daily impact.
Visit this Environmental Protection Agency site to find out lots more about home energy usage.
Stop Using Straws; find out more from the "No Straws Please" campaign.
Learn lots more about plastic container recycling from the Bottlestore.
See All the Changes You Can Make: These sites summarize the most up-to-date green living tips and include tips for all areas of life.
- A toolkit from the Natural Resources Defense Council
- The Sierra Club's Tip Library
- Start with Small Changes These small changes can have a big effect on the environment.
- Recycle your batteries.
Check the health qualities of your seafood with this printable guide to buying healthier fish from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Have A Healthier Yard and Garden: To help make your garden and landscaping sustainable, please check out these ideas. The Missouri Prairie Foundation runs the Grow Native program in Missouri, check it out at http://grownative.org/ The National Wildlife Federation has tips on environmentally-sound gardening .
- Use this Habitat Inventory from the Audubon Society to get started.
- Use a rain barrel to collect water your garden and prevent runoff pollution.
- Plant the appropriate tree for your space in Missouri; and lots more about trees.
- Compost your food waste for fertilizer.
- Consider healthy alternatives to toxic pesticides, check out the Pesticide Action Network or Beyond Pesticides.
Make Our Schools Healthier: Here are ways to reduce impact and teach children about environmental awareness through action.
- The Earth Day Network reminds us not let the car idle while waiting to pick up children from school.
- The Earth Day Network also provides ideas for teachers and students to green their schools.
Find videos and safe cleaning training at http://www.cleaningforhealthyschools.org/