Grassroots

Sam here. I started this blog as a means of spreading easy-to-do tips to protect the environment. You might have heard of some of them, but some might be completely new. I've incorporated these ideas into my own life as well. I hope you find them helpful and and maybe even fun! Even though the Earth isn't going to disappear in a cloud of our Styrofoam anytime soon, it's important that we appreciate the planet that sustains us. Come be a part of this grassroots movement!
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This tip is something that’s also pretty easy to do, but if you’re in a rush, it tends to be forgotten. Unplug your appliances whenever they’re not in use! According to the Huffington Post, 10% of energy in a household comes from unused appliances that are plugged in (“phantom energy”). It might be difficult to remember to unplug your microwave and coffee machine, but things like phone and laptop chargers are often left in the sockets unnecessarily. Taking a few extra steps can both save you money and help conserve the environment.

References: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/21/save-energy-by-unplugging_n_136625.html, http://globalstewards.org/ecotips.htm

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This is definitely a tried-and-true tip, but a lot of us tend to forget. Make good use of those reusable bags! It’s very much like riding a bike - once you get used to it, you won’t soon forget. Many businesses such as Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and others are manufacturing eco-friendly bags that are readily available for your use. A caveat, however! The environmental advantages of having these bags are dulled by the fact that they have been manufactured and brought from other places. Taking that into consideration, try using bags, backpacks, or even large purses that you have lying around in your house. Every little bit helps. You can do it! If forgetting the bags is your biggest deterrent, try leaving a few permanent ones in your car so you’ll have them at the ready whenever you go grocery shopping. :)

Reference: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111672574

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Keep up that recycling! :)

Make your own iced tea! It’s so easy you’ll harp on me for putting this up as a suggestion, but it’s easy to forget! You’ll save a ton of money (a 20-ounce 24-pack Snapple costs $22.44 on Amazon) as well as the plastic used for packaging.

Here are the steps:

1) Put water in cooking pot.
2) Put cooking pot on stove.
3) Bring water to a boil.
4) Add 3-4 tea bags or 3 tablespoons of loose tea.
5) Steep for as long as you’d like.
6) Cool down in refrigerator. Add sugar, honey, lemon, stevia, etc. to taste. Enjoy!

Reference: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004OE2Z3I

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Another laundry tip for you! Use powder detergent instead of liquid detergent for washing your clothes. The packaging is definitely more eco-friendly (cardboard > plastic container), and it’s a little cheaper than liquid detergent. Pair this with air drying your laundry, and you’ve got a winning combo. :D
References: http://shiftyourhabit.com/powder-laundry-detergent-vs-liquid-detergent/, http://home.howstuffworks.com/laundry-detergent3.htm
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Another laundry tip for you! Use powder detergent instead of liquid detergent for washing your clothes. The packaging is definitely more eco-friendly (cardboard > plastic container), and it’s a little cheaper than liquid detergent. Pair this with air drying your laundry, and you’ve got a winning combo. :D

References: http://shiftyourhabit.com/powder-laundry-detergent-vs-liquid-detergent/, http://home.howstuffworks.com/laundry-detergent3.htm

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This one requires very little extra out of you! In fact, it requires less of your time :). Take shorter showers! This saves both water and energy. According to the reference below, “by cutting a minute off your shower time, you could save about 3,300 litres of water a year, saving 200 kWh of energy - or enough to heat water for 6000 cups of coffee.” And if your shower is your personal-space time, try turning off the water when you shampoo/soap down. Every little bit helps.
Reference: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bloom/actions/shower.shtml
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wheeforgreen:

This one requires very little extra out of you! In fact, it requires less of your time :). Take shorter showers! This saves both water and energy. According to the reference below, “by cutting a minute off your shower time, you could save about 3,300 litres of water a year, saving 200 kWh of energy - or enough to heat water for 6000 cups of coffee.” And if your shower is your personal-space time, try turning off the water when you shampoo/soap down. Every little bit helps.

Reference: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bloom/actions/shower.shtml

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When you go to a fast food restaurant, go lidless! Lids are made from polystyrene, which also makes up Styrofoam, the bane of all environmentalists due to its non-biodegradable nature. Though recyclable, many recycling programs do not accept polystyrene products because they become easily contaminated and are difficult to wash. All the more reason to not use plastic lids! By being lid-free, you won’t generate as much non-biodegradable garbage. Try it out :)

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene, http://earth911.com/news/2010/06/21/recycling-to-go-plastics/

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I’m still trying to incorporate this one into my life more - using cloth napkins instead of disposable paper ones. The few times that I’ve done it, I definitely feel a lot more environmentally friendly :). Apart from the great feelings you’ll have, you’ll save a decent amount of money in the long run! However, there is a catch: the processing of cotton, which goes into making not only napkins but clothes and other materials, involves a number of chemicals which may be harmful for the environment. But most cloth napkins are made of linen, which comes from the flax plant; this is eco-friendly :D. Happy eating!
Reference: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/07/are-paper-napkins-more-environmentally-friendly.php
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wheeforgreen:

I’m still trying to incorporate this one into my life more - using cloth napkins instead of disposable paper ones. The few times that I’ve done it, I definitely feel a lot more environmentally friendly :). Apart from the great feelings you’ll have, you’ll save a decent amount of money in the long run! However, there is a catch: the processing of cotton, which goes into making not only napkins but clothes and other materials, involves a number of chemicals which may be harmful for the environment. But most cloth napkins are made of linen, which comes from the flax plant; this is eco-friendly :D. Happy eating!

Reference: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/07/are-paper-napkins-more-environmentally-friendly.php

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Increase your gas mileage by taking out unnecessary weight from the backseat and trunk of your car! You’ll save both money and the environment. According to the link below, “an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent.” Yay for lighter loads :).

Reference: http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/driveHabits.shtml

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