What Can I Do to Help Save the Environment?

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Eliminate paper. Easing up on the use of paper and paper products will help with one of the biggest landfill culprits. Good places to start include replacing paper gift wrapping with fabric or used grocery bags, using glassware instead of paper plates, bringing reusable shopping bags for use at the store, and replacing paper towels with washable hand towels.

Following are some other tips to go green and help the environment:

Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent. They last eight times longer, using far less energy for the same amount of light.

Join a library or get e-books in place of hard-copy books.

Bike instead of driving.

Consider burial in a biodegradable cardboard coffin instead of a wooden one.

Start a garden. Both energy and water are saved though local production of produce.

Ditch the air-conditioner and buy an indoor plant. Plants cool a room and cut carbon.

Live with a partner or roommates. It is more energy-efficient to share a home than to live alone.

Give a co-worker a ride to work or join a car-share program to find other passengers going to the same geographic area.

Cook instead of going out to eat. Preparing food at home uses less energy and eliminates single-use take-away containers.