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101 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CONSERVE RESOURCES AND
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

IN YOUR HOME

       Recycle everything you can; newspaper, cans, glass, aluminum foil and
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 chores. Crumpled
newspaper are great for washing windows. Use cloth diapers. The
plastic in disposable diapers doesn't break down in landfills. Use cloth,
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 
tubs, etc. Use reusable containers to store foods - not plastic wraps and
foil. 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.
Take unwanted, reusable items to a charitable organization or thrift 
shop. Don't leave water running needlessly. Install a water-saving 
shower head. 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.





 


IN YOUR YARD

Start a compost pile. Plant shrubs and trees that provide 
food and shelter for birds and other creatures.Feed the birds;
put up birdhouses and baths.Pull weeds instead of using 
herbicides.Learn about natural insect controls as alternatives
to pesticides.Landscape with plants that aren't prone to insect 
and fungus problems.Ignore caterpillars and most native
leaf-chewing insects.Let birds and insect predators take care
of them.Use salts for slugs instead of baiting with poisons.
Use organic fertilizers...manure  helps condition your soil and 
fertilize at the same time.If you use pesticides, herbicides, or
fungicides, don't throw leftovers in the trash, down your drain,
or into a storm sewer. Dispose of them on a hazardous-waste 
collection day.Compost your leaves and yard debris or take 
them to a yard debris recycler. Burning them creates air 
pollution and putting them out with the trash is a waste of landfill space.Use mulch to conserve water in your garden.Plant
things that don't require a lot of water.Take extra plastic and
rubber pots back to the nursery.Large expanses of lawn are 
not good habitat for other creatures, plus they usually must be 
maintained with chemicals and extensive watering.Dig up some 
of your grass and plant native shrubs and trees instead.
Plant short, dense shrubs close to your home's foundation to 
help insulate against the cold.










ON VACATION

Turn down the heat and turn off the water heater before you go.
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 pets...leave animals 
and plants where you find them.
Don't buy souvenirs made from wild animals.
Watch out for wildlife...give consideration to all living things
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.
Carpool.
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.
Don't litter.





 
 

AT YOUR BUSINESS

Start an office recycling program for office and computer paper, cardboard,etc. Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others. Print things on recycled paper. Print or copy on both sides 
of the paper. Use smaller paper for smaller memos. Reuse 
manila envelopes and file folders.Hide the throw-away cups and
train people to bring their mugs to meetings.Route things around 
the office or put non-urgent communications on a bulletin
board rather than making multiple copies. Use the stairs instead 
of the elevator.Office building landscape doesn't have to be sterile 
lawns and bedding plants.Plant trees and shrubs the birds will like.
Put a bird feeder outside your office window.



 

WHEN YOU'RE SHOPPING

Don't buy food or household products in plastic or styrofoam containers if there is 
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 extravagant
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 the energy
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 
cellophane, etc).Buy 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 
when possible.Don't buy products that come from endangered animals.
Don't keep exotic pets.





 

PERSONAL EFFORTS

Join a conservation organization.
Volunteer your time to conservation projects.
Give money to worthy conservation/environmental 
causes. Check your lifestyle...think about effects
of your daily actions on the environment.
Take advantage of the non-game wildlife check off 
on your Oregon tax form.  Vote for candidates 
who share your sentiments. Read books and 
articles on wildlife and environmental issues.
Watch nature programs on TV.  Subscribe to
conservation or environmental publications.
Purchase them as gifts for others.



 

SPREAD THE WORD!

Convert by example...encourage other people to save resources too.
Tease, cajole, persuade, or shame your family, friends, and neighbours for not recyling, not being energy conscious, etc.
Complain to merchants about excess packaging, use of plastics, etc. Write letters to companies.
Patronize merchants who are environmentally conscious.
Write your legislators when you have an opinion about pending legislation on environmental, land use, or other issues.
Teach 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.
Tell others about the importance of conserving the world in the perspective of Islam and our responsibilities to it make it a better place to live


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