Don’t hit Print too quickly

The average American uses more than 700 pounds of paper a year in today’s modern office and at home from the numbers of copies of documents which are made needlessly.  Too often office workers are quick to make printouts of documents, especially each and every time a small change is made, despite the fact that the change may only be a minor one.  Here are a few tips to help you save the amount of paper that you produce on a daily basis in your office or at home.

Use a Refillable Mug

The EPA estimates that nearly 25 billion one use paper and Styrofoam cups are thrown away by Americans for drinks purchased at commercial establishments or drunk in the office.  The sad truth is that nearly every one of these temporary vessels ends up in landfills or clogging our waterways.  It’s a very troubling statistic because polystyrene literally takes hundreds of years to break down, and is made of petroleum, which is nonrenewable.  Scientists have also recently discovered that carcinogenic (cancer causing) compounds leach out of polystyrene, right into your hot drink.

Organic Ways to Get Rid of Cockroaches

While cockroaches really are not all that ‘evil,’ their presence is not exactly welcome.  No one wants to see their home or dwelling overrun with cockroaches which is why it is necessary to take the proper steps required to get rid of them.  However, the common ways of ‘evicting’ cockroaches are not exactly friendly from the environment.  They are also not exactly safe for humans.  No, spraying roaches with pest poisons would probably be a plan well worth avoiding.  Of course, this does raise questions regarding how to actually get rid of the roaches.  For those with such concerns, here is some helpful info: there are environmentally green friendly ways to remove those pesky roaches from your home.

Ditch your Answering Machine and Switch to Voice Mail

Although not an idea that jumps right to mind, experts are showing in study after study that by using voice mail, less energy is consumed and results in less hazardous waste than the use of answering machines.

In the same way that power plants are responsible for producing considerably less pollution than if everyone ran their own fossil fuel-based generators (or by using electric cars in place of the commercially common gas-powered ones), centralizing voice mail into large servers requires far less electricity than by everyone using their own dedicated machines.  These machines must be on and active 24hours a day, seven days a week.  Such electronics are responsible for 25% of home energy use, according to Energy Star, the corporation responsible for rating electronics and appliances based on the energy that can be saved by their use, and these electronics directly contribute 2% of the U.S.’s output of overall global warming gases.

Plastic Containers Helpful Buyers Guide

There are lots of different types of plastics on the market, each with their own properties.  Some plastics are a lot healthier and more environmentally friendly than others.  They’re more stable and easier to recycle.  How do you tell the difference?  Each piece of plastic should come with a resin identification code.  That’s the one on the bottom of most containers – a number from one to seven located inside the recycling symbol.  Here’s a look at the types of plastic, and which ones are best from a green perspective.

Type one is polyethylene terephtalate, also known as PETE or PET.  This is what most disposable soda and water bottles are made of, and is usually clear.  Plastic type two is high density polyethylene, or HDPE.  Many milk jugs, detergent bottles, and toiletries bottles are made of this.  It is often opaque.