How to Keep The Environment Healthy Too
Everything we do affects the environment in some level. Below are specific tips designed around the principles of sustainability.
- Turn off lights and computers when they’re not in use. Replace regular bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescents.
- Reduce your heating and cooling. Make sure your home is properly ventilated and insulated.
- If you can, walk, bike, carpool, or use public transit instead of driving. If you need to drive, practice ‘eco-driving’ which involves staying at a steady speed, acting instead of reacting, and keeping tires fully inflated.
- Drink from a reusable coffee cup or water bottle.
- Protect and conserve precious water with low flow faucets, toilets and showers, native landscaping, green roofs, rain barrels and gardens.
- Make or buy natural, non-toxic cleaning agents, dish soap, and laundry detergent.
- Reduce paper use by using cloth napkins, making two-sided copies, opting out of junk-mail lists, and bringing reusable shopping bags to the store.
- Use safe, natural pest control in your garden or yard
- Choose toys, furniture, paints, carpets and renovation materials which are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free or made from low volatile organic compounds.
- Compost yard material and food scraps.
- Donate your clothing that are no longer used.
- Decrease mined metals by recycling cans, fluorescents and electronics; using rechargeable batteries and sustainable building materials.
- Support sustainable agriculture by purchasing certified organic food and clothing.
https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu. Accessed August 2021
The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.