Run as many loads of laundry on the “cold” setting as possible.
Also on the laundry front, reuse towels, re-wear pj’s and consider cloth napkins!
Use your microwave when you can. Microwaves reduce energy use by about 2/3 over conventional cooking.
Choose showers over baths and even try to cut down the length of your shower! Reducing the length of your shower from a 10 minute shower to a five minute shower will save 20,000 gallons of water each year.
At the take out counter: limit the number of napkins and condiment packets that you toss into your bag! Even grabbing one less paper napkin can make a big difference!
Unplug small appliances while they are not in use! For me, this meant the coffee maker and the toaster!
When your ATM transaction asks if you’d like a receipt, choose “no!” It’s estimated that if every American skipped these receipts, a length of paper longer than two billion feet would be saved and one of the most common forms of litter would be eliminated!
Shop at local farm markets. For me, this is actually a pleasure, not a punishment! Fruits and vegetables from local farmers are fresher, do not require fuel to transport them to market and it’s easy to find out if chemicals or pesticides were used in the growing!
When cleaning up in the in kitchen, turn first to reusable dish towels or microfiber cloths. Microfiber cloths are especially terrific for lifting and trapping dirt and bacteria and require no additional cleaning products! If a fabric cloth just doesn’t work for your chore at hand, use recycled paper towels, like those from 7th Generation!
When packing lunches, buy one large box of snacks and divide into little plastic containers for each lunch! Skipping the individually packaged snacks will save a tremendous amount of plastic!
Tips are compliments of www.busybeelifestyle.com
Motorola and SWANCC are holding their 10th annual computer and electronics recycling event on Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Motorola campus in Schaumburg at 1301 E. Algonquin Road. Supply-Chain Services, Inc. will recycle all materials in a data-secure and environmentally responsible manner at its Lombard, IL facility. Cell phones will be collected for Motorola’s Race to Recycle Program which generates funds for K-12 schools.
ONLY RESIDENTIALLY GENERATED EQUIPMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED.
ITEMS BEING COLLECTED INCLUDE:
COMPUTERS AND PERIPHERALS
OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND PRODUCTS
ENTERTAINMENT AND VISUAL EQUIPMENT
TVs (No consoles)
Video game players
If you have questions, visit www.swancc.org or call 847-724-9205.