Easy Ways to 'Go Green' 

'Going Green' doesn't have to be a daunting or expensive task that means sweeping life changes.  You don't have to install solar panels on your house or buy a hybrid car to help the environment.  Instead, do small things to help save the environment.

Go Green at home by...

Turn off the lights you're not usingPlugging your computer, monitor and other home appliances into a power strip and turning them off when not in use, but don't leave them in sleep mode . Sleep mode adds immensely to the electricity bill and unnecessary greenhouse gases. 

Switching off one light bulb for one hour saves up to 22,000 watts per year.  Think of what you can save when you turn off the lights you're not using! 

Brushing your teeth without running your tap dry. You'll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop.

Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every weekRecycle old newspapers

Do not dump oil, grease, antifreeze, pesticides, fertilizers, paints, cleaners, and other toxic household products down the storm drain . These drains, which are found in the gutters on the sidewalk, are not treated by the sewage treatment plant; they go straight into rivers, lakes, and maybe even the ocean!  By putting these toxic chemicals down the drain, there is a great biological threat to marine life.  

Eating one less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet . For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.

When you water your lawn, do it early in the morning before any moisture is lost to evaporation.  Spot treat weeds with vinegar and use your grass clippings and leaves as a natural fertilizer instead of raking

Go Green at the store by... 

You've heard it before, but bring a cloth bag when you shop, use string bags or don't use a bag at all if you're buying small items; this alone could save hundreds of millions of bags. Plastic bags are not biodegradable,  even if they say they are, they do not decompose fully. Also, the ink is made up of cadmium, and is highly toxic when it is released.

Reuse plastic water bottles with tap waterInstead of buying bottled water, buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water.  Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose.

Buying rechargeable batteries . Batteries contain heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium, which have become a major source of contamination in dump sites. Batteries either break apart and are released into the soil, or are incinerated, and the deadly heavy metals are released into the air.

Instead of using lighters made out of plastic and filled with butane fuel, both petroleum products, use cardboard matches .  Most cardboard matches are made from recycled paper, where as lighters are considered "disposable," so over 1.5 billion end up in landfills each year and wood matches come from trees.

Reusing gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that's environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient. Cycle or walk if you're going on a short journey

When you go on a trip...

If you're taking a short trip, choose to walk or cycle. This reduces carbon emissions considerably.

Stay within the speed limit when you drive and accelerating smoothly  can save upto 25 per cent of a vehicle's typical gasoline use.

If you're on holiday at the beach, you can help by bringing a trash bag and spend a little while picking up litter, or you can join a beach clean-up crew if you leave near a beach.  Our oceans provide the earth with most of our oxygen, moisture, and weather patterns. To keep our oceans clean we have to start with our beaches .

  PAW: Promoting environmental conservation and development in Malawi.