- Reduce your carbon footprint: Our carbon footprint is the amount of fossil fuel carbon GHG emissions that result from our daily activities. You can reduce your carbon footprint by driving less – and driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
- Carshare, don’t buy: A number of cities now have car-share programs where members book a car only when they need one. As a result members lower their GHG emissions by about a ton per year. Also if you do need to buy a vehicle make sure it is what you need don’t buy a big vehicle if you really don’t need one, make sure to really evaluate what your vehicle needs are before buying one.
- Host a clothing-swap: Gather your family and friends, telling each person to bring good clothes they don’t wear. Everyone will get a chance to grab something new for their wardrobe and any leftovers can be donated. Try this with other items as well, have crafty friends do a yarn swap or scrapbook swap.
- Plastics #2, #4, and #5: These are generally the safest kinds of plastic to reuse. Check with your local depot to see if they accept for recycling #1, #3, #6 and#7 plastics.
- Install a water-efficient shower head: If your shower fills a 4-litre bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a water-efficient model. We even put a bucket in our shower as we let the water warm us and use it for things like watering plants.
- Did you know? Energy: Canadians and Americans are the heaviest users of energy in the world on a per capita (per person) basis.
- Aim to be carbon neutral: Air travel, driving, and even turning on your computer have greenhouse gas (GHG) effects. Buying genuine carbon offsets is a great way to take responsibility for our emissions. Find out more at www.davidsuzuki.org
- Calculate your eco-footprint: The ecological footprint is a measure of all the resources you consume and waste you produce. See www.footprintnetwork.org Knowing how much of an impact you are having on the planet helps you to minimize your footprint.
- Reuse the Water: Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.