What Can You Do?
There are many ways individuals can help the environment, and if we all do our part then together we can make a difference.
Save Trees and Paper
One way to help the environment is to use less paper by recycling the paper we use, re-using paper when we can (like using old one-sided paper again later) and reducing the amount of paper we use (like by always printing double-sided and printing hard copies only when we have to). Also important is using 100% post-consumer content recycled paper instead of virgin paper, which helps save trees and reduce environmental pollution.
Another way to help is to encourage other people, businesses, non-profits and other organizations to recycle, re-use, and reduce too, which is exactly what the Paper-Newt program is all about.
Other Ways to Help the Environment
There are many other beneficial ways to help the environment, above and beyond just saving paper. Here are some examples:
- Recycle everything you can
- Eat local
- Buy local
- Eat organic
- Support environmentally and socially responsible businesses
- Use environmentally-friendly products
- Turn down the heat (and put on a sweater instead)
- Dry your clothes on a drying rack instead of the dryer
- Have short showers, not long ones
- Walk to work
- Ride your bike (or take public transit and leave your car at home)
- Sell your car and join a car coop instead
- Trade your gas-guzzling vehicle in for a hybrid (or other energy-efficient vehicle)
- Use energy efficient fixtures
- Buy green energy
- Use cloth shopping bags
- Support non-profits that do good environmental work
- Etc. Etc. (the list goes on)
Some people do all of this, and kudos to them. If we all did, then just think of the difference we all could make. Every bit counts, so start by choosing what you’ll do today.
Facts about Recycling
Do you have questions about recycling things other than paper? How about things like appliances, automotive materials, batteries, electronic waste and other stuff? Then check out the Recycling FAQs page on the BC Recycling Council’s website. This is a great resource (especially if you live in British Columbia). Another good resource is the Recycling Guide which provides information on recycling in the UK. And if you live in the United States, then check out the info on the EPA’s webiste.