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Turn off the lights.
Two-thirds of all the electricity used in the residential sector of the United States powers lights and appliances. Considering that electricity production generates more than 1.9 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, a simple flick of the switch is a good start. Eat more veggies.
While a meat-centered diet deepens our ecological footprint and contributes to pollution, a plant-centered diet requires fewer resources and supports long-term health. But you don’t have to go completely veggie to reap the benefits; try gradually shifting the emphasis of your meals from animal-based proteins to plant-based ones, such as soy foods and beans. Use greener cleaners. As many as a third of Americans have an adverse reaction to common household chemicals. Safer products can save you money, too. While furniture polish will set you back about $4, cleaning with 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar and a few drops of olive oil costs mere cents. Spend more time outdoors. Environmental stewardship is grounded in love rather than anger, says John Passacantando, executive director of Greenpeace USA and nature’s ultimate ambassador. Once you find the place that motivates you, spend time there regularly. Let it remind you of what’s at stake. Buy products made from recycled materials. These days, it’s easy to find affordable green products and adopt creative, sustainable practices -- and doing so will bolster the bottom line by cutting energy and material needs. Choose reusable instead of disposable products. Saving the Earth starts early. Show even your littlest child that you always think green by selecting reusable instead of disposable products. Turn off your computer. Whenever you leave work, remember to turn off your computer. Especially on Fridays -- or any other occasion when you’re going to be away from the office for long periods of time. source: wholeliving.com.