Now that just about everyone understands the necessity of protecting our environment as much as we can, a lot of people are trying to do just that. Many of them would like to do even more than they already are, but they don’t know what else they should do. Here are some suggestions:
All this means is that you should do your best to create a tree-free home, but you can still use those wood chips in your garden:
- Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins.
- Replace all paper towels with cloth towels. Keep a small container under the kitchen sink for the used ones. When the time comes all you have to do is wash and then reuse them.
- Buy bleach-free toilet paper that is made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find (80% is the minimum).
- Reuse all paper items that you can, including wrapping paper, envelopes, etc.
- Select your books to read, magazines and newspapers from your local library or read them online.
- If you need to have a tree removed from your property, make sure that the company you hire to do the work does stump grinding and will also recycle the wood chips that are left over.
- There are many other steps you can take as well to wipe out stump grinding by saving a tree.
Replace Disposables & Buy Used
Wherever you can, if it’s practical, replace disposable items with reusable ones. This includes razors, batteries, ink cartridges, coffee filters, etc.
- Buy used products whenever you can. Visit places like thrift stores, garage sales, etc.
- Go online and check out Ebay, Craigslist and Amazon, etc.
Determine Your Impact
Your environmental impact, that is. The Eco Footprint, Greendex and Water Footprint calculators will help you to figure out how you are impacting the environment.
You might think that it doesn’t really matter because you are after all, only one person, but that’s where you’re wrong. Because if you do your part and someone else does their part, and someone else does theirs, it does make a difference after all. So give it your best shot when it comes to protecting the environment.
Chris Turner, the author of this article, lives in Sydney Australia, and is an expert on the environment. He’s written many articles about doing what we can to save the environment, and worked for a tree surgeon where he did Canopytree stump grinding in Sydney, and learned how to make the best use of Canopytree wood chips.
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