What do we need to do daily to help keep our planet free from contamination? What should we be doing more?
I think stop buying bottled water, it takes hundreds of years for plastic bottles to decompose and nearly 90% of them are not recycled. Not to mention they are not healthy to re-use and in most countries there is nothing wrong with tap water.
Wouldn't ever recommend drinking tap water here in France, have had plenty of people with upset stomachs so sorry we use bottled water!
You could turn off computers at night - By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day.
Go vegetarian once a week - One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.
Use rechargable batteries - Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries.
keep on recycling plastic bottles or any piece of plastic we have at home... i think it could be quite important in the future..
Good subject, especially if we can share across borders. I think one of the key things we can do in large cities like Buenos Aires is to separate waste materials so they can be recycled. This is a simple thing to do and we have places near home where we can leave plastic, glass, paper, cardboard materials, separated from organic waste. I think once we incorporate this into our daily system it will be easier to add other habits, such as battery disposal and reduction of water, gas, petrol, etc. I think it is something that catches and we learn from examples and people close to us doing this kind of things.
Good point of you...!
Where we live in Brittany, we have yellow sacs which are free from your local Town Hall. In these all plastics, tins, paper & cardboard can be placed. There is a collection once a week. Most villages/ communes also have bins for bottles, glass & aluminum. Ours also has one for clothes! Know its not the same all over France but locally we are doing our best :)
Great topic - we had this locally on our AI site recently, and I think it's a great idea to go global!
I think most of us could do with a run down from our electricity company on what costs in our homes and how to save on energy. There are these new gadgets (does anyone have info on these??) we can use to see what consumption is and then make sure we are turning off the greedy consumers in our homes - like the computer as someone has already said, the tv and cable box as well. Put heaters on timers if they are electric.
Insulation is another one - maybe not a daily activity but if we all spent some money up front improving our insulation we wouldn't need to spend the daily huge sums of money on heating!
Collect rain water for gardening and other uses.
Mend/fix things. Yes, there comes a point where we have to start again - but I really do think we could mend much more than we do. I say this as someone who hates to sew - but I do put buttons back on and mend holes! Goes with recylcing really and others have already covered that, it's so important.
Grow things - even on a balcony or a window sill.
Only buy local fresh food where possible. Interestingly, I went with a friend onto an American site a couple of days ago, to help her set up a weight loss plan - and they listed a load of foods for calorie counting that you can add into your food log. Well - none of these foods were fresh - they were all packaged and band named! You couldn't actually put in any fresh food, meat, fruit, vegetables etc. What does this tell us??
Shower rather than bath - uses so much less water and you are cleaner!
Don't put 2 things in the washing machine and run it - (I have a friend who would run one pair of knickers every night, yes, really...).
Steam clean - yes you use electricity but you really do cut down on products - it's great! And you can use it to save on dry cleaning (no more nasty dry cleaning fluid smell on your clothes).
Keep them coming everyone - the more ideas the better!
Grisel - France
Save water, shower with your partner ; )
Recycing is nearly impossible in Panama, there is hardly any govt initiative and what moves they do make are met with disappointing resutls. In one brand new, well mainainted park here they installed rows of cans for paper, plastic, organic and glass. I have seen many, many people walk over to them, glance for a second that the choices and then (seemingly on purpose) throw it in the wrong bin.
Litter here is awful and the sea is treated like a junkyard. People here on every level of society feel no responsiblity for their environment which I just can't wrap my head around. I think it starts in schools, which means it starts with public school teachers being educated. If kids in school here were taught the implications of littering maybe they would think twice, maybe tell their big brother or uncle...and the snowball rolls...but the teachers have no idea of its importance either. There needs to be a highly organized initiative from all facets of government and private industry, which will trickle down to everyone.
I have just seen (in the past 2 weeks) several large yellow street trash cans being installed on several random street corners. I realized when I saw them that I had never seen a trash can on the sidewalk before! It's at least a small step in the right direction!
Really good collection of advice and tips from you! Thanks. It makes one think of how careless we are and how much we can do with simple things. I'm thinking of food, and how much better and cleaner it is to eat natural than food in packets with all their preservatives. Also, water, plain natural water compared to bottled, artificial, again with preservatives, drinks.
You could always become "greener" and save water by peeing in the shower. This was suggested by a member of the executive council in the province of Drenthe here in the Netherlands just a couple of weeks ago. You can read the article as reported by DutchNews here:
Pee under the shower to save water, says council executive