101 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CONSERVE RESOURCES AND
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
IN YOUR HOME
Recycle everything you can; newspaper, cans, glass, aluminum
pans, motor oil, crap metal, etc.
Investigate local recycling centers that
take items your garbage hauler doesn't (scrap paper, plastics, appliances).
Save your kitchen scraps for the compost pile.
Avoid the use of
household pesticides. Fly swatters work very well.
Clean your windows
with vinegar and water instead of chemical products.
Use cold water
in the washer unless it's necessary to use warm or hot.
Use washable rags,
not paper towels, for cleaning spills and other household
newspaper are great for washing windows.
Use cloth diapers. The
plastic in disposable diapers doesn't break down in landfills.
not paper napkins.
Don't put hazardous substances down your drain or
in your trash (paint thinner furniture polish, etc).
Dispose of them on
designated hazardous-waste collection days.
Don't use electrical
appliances for things you can easily do by hand.
Reuse brown paper bags
to line your trash can instead of plastic liners. Reuse
bread bags, butter
Use reusable containers to store foods - not plastic wraps and
Write to companies that send unwanted junk mail...ask them to take
you off their list.
Save your coat hangers and return them to the cleaners.
unwanted, reusable items to a charitable organization or thrift
Don't leave water running needlessly.
Install a water-saving
Set your water heater at 130 degrees.
Have your water
heater insulated free of charge by your utility
company. Turn the
heat down and wear a sweater.
Lower your house temperature by
one degree per hour every hour you'll be away or asleep.
Turn the lights
off when you're out of the room. Ditto with the TV.
Get a free energy
audit from your utility company.
Burn only seasoned wood in your
wood stove or fireplace.
Turn down the heat and turn off the water heater before
Carry reusable cups, dishes, and flatware.
Make sure your plastic trash doesn't end up in the ocean.
Don't pick flowers or collect wild creatures for
and plants where you find them.
Don't buy souvenirs made from wild animals.
Watch out for wildlife...give consideration to all living
you see crossing the road.
Build smaller campfires.
Stay on the trail.
IN YOUR CAR
Drive sensibly...don't waste gas.
Keep your car tuned up.
Use public transit.
Ride your bike or walk instead of driving.
Buy a more gas-efficient car.
Recycle your engine oil.
Keep your tires properly inflated to save gas.
Recycle your old tires.
Keep your wheels in alignment to save your tires.
WHEN YOU'RE SHOPPING
food or household products in plastic or styrofoam containers if there
an alternate (milk and egg cartons, vegetable oils, butter tubs, etc.)
They can't or
are difficult to be recycled and they don't break down in the environment Don't
buy "disposable" anything. Paper plates and towels and foam cups are
wastes of the world's resources.
If you must buy disposables, buy paper
products rather than plastics or styrofoam. The manufacture of styrofoam
the ozone layer.
Buy durable products and keep them a little longer. Cheap
furniture, clothes, and appliances often have short life spans. Check
rating on major appliances you buy.Read
labels and buy the least toxic product available for cleaning, pest control,
and other jobs.Put
your parcels into one big sack
instead of collecting several small ones.Don't
buy things with excess packaging (individually wrapped cheese slices, apples
on a paper tray wrapped with
in bulk; reduce pollution that comes from the manufacture
and disposal of many small packages.Ask
questions...don't buy products that are hazardous to the environment or
that were manufactured at the expense of
important animal habitat.Buy
locally grown food and locally made products
buy products that come from endangered animals.
SPREAD THE WORD!
by example...encourage other people to save resources too.
cajole, persuade, or shame your family, friends, and neighbours for not
recyling, not being energy conscious, etc.
to merchants about excess packaging, use of plastics, etc. Write letters
merchants who are environmentally conscious.
your legislators when you have an opinion about pending legislation on
environmental, land use, or other issues.
children to respect nature and the environment. Take them on a hike, help
them plant a tree or build a bird house, buy them a nature book or subscription
to a wildlife magazine.
about the importance of conserving the world in the perspective of Islam
and our responsibilities to it make it a better place to live