30 Green Tips on World Environment Day!

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UN World Environment Day 2009
This year’s theme for World Environment Day (WED) is

Your Planet Needs

You!

UNite to Combat Climate Change


.

But too often we are presented with environmental problems without being given the tools to act.

WED is about taking action

to be a part of the solution. And the

30


Daily do something Tips below

are a great start.

Green Tip of the week
We can all do our part to protect the planet by using less and acting more. Going green is not as difficult as you might think. Here we walk you through

30 easy ways to green your daily routine

, from the moment you hit snooze on your solar-powered alarm clock to the point when you crawl into your eco-washed, organic cotton sheets.

Bike Man
Make your WED commitment today. But don’t stop at today and don’t stop here. Try to incorporate all of these into your life as a matter of routine. Get others to do so the same. And get involved!

Environment Day Thought:

Only when the last tree has died

Only when the last river has been poisoned

Only when the last fish been caught

Only then will mankind realize that we cannot eat money.

IN GENERAL:

  • Plant a tree! Help achieve UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign target of planting seven billion trees – one for every person on the planet – by the end of this year! Three billion are planted. Five billion are pledged.

    On every continent in the world trees can be planted in June

    , so start your efforts on WED.

  • Find needy homes or charitable organizations for things that you no longer need or want rather than throwing it away.

    Delhi Freecycle Network it!

DAILY ROUTINE:

AT HOME…

  • It would seem to go without saying, but many of us forget that we can

    save water in simple ways

    like not letting the tap run while shaving, washing your face, or brushing your teeth.

  • Insulating your water heater

    will help save valuable energy, and you can go the extra mile by installing showerheads with a low flow in your bathrooms for bathing purposes to help save water. You can also put a timer on your heaters to save power.

  • Using an electric razor or hand razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors goes a long way to cutting back on waste. And plant a tree.
  • Use towels for drying your face and hands

    instead of tissues that are used and thrown away. Also, hang your towels to dry so that they can be reused several times. You are after all clean when you use them!

  • Juice or yoghurt lovers can do their bit by buying juice in concentrates and yoghurt in reusable containers instead of single serving packages.
  • Many of us like to leaf through the paper as we munch on breakfast, but consider reading the dailies in communal spaces like the office or coffee shops. However, if you prefer to have your own copy, make sure you recycle!
  • When packing your lunch, opt for reusable containers for food storage instead of wrapping the food with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • As you leave the house,

    don’t forget to switch off all the lights and appliances

    at the wall unit (if you have this feature) and unplug chargers as they continue to consume even if they are not charging; saving energy helps reduce air pollution.

GETTING TO WORK:

  • Don’t go anywhere without your cloth bag

    so you can just say no to plastic whenever you shop. Remember

    plastic bags are banned in Delhi

    .

  • Radical as it may seem, in today’s “the easier the better” society, the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is by avoiding driving altogether. Power down and Instead try biking, walking, carpooling, public transport or an occasional telecommute.
  • If you have no other choice than to drive to work, look for the most fuel- efficient car model for your next purchase and

    keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure

    .

  • If you’re one of the lucky few blessed with clear stretches of road on your way to work, drive at uniform speed, as it saves fuel.
  • If you’re among the majority of drivers who spend their mornings stuck in traffic,

    consider turning your engine off if you will be idling

    for long periods of time. And plant a tree.

  • For those who suffer from road rage

    , remember that aggressive driving lowers your mileage, so if you want to save on fuel and save the planet while you’re at it, accelerate gradually– something to keep that in mind the next time that bad driver cuts you off!

    Just count to 10 and say the planet needs me!

AT WORK:

  • Do you have a morning hot drink routine?

    Using a washable mug

    is an environmentally-friendly alternative to non-biodegradable styrofoam or plastic cups.

  • Leave a cup and reusable bottle for water at work to eliminate buying drinks, which get served in plastic cups, or bottled water. 80% of plastic bottles are recyclable but only 20% are actually recycled.
  • When you need a pad for lists and messages, turn over an old document and write on the back of that instead.
  • If there isn’t an office recycling system, start one yourself

    ! Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.

  • When you must have a paper copy,

    make sure you default your printer option to use both sides

    . This is an easy tree-saver!

  • Most computer accessories like ink cartridges and CDs and DVDs are made of materials that could be reused. Computer cords and speakers are fairly standardized, meaning they can be used for a variety of computer models and makes.
  • Lower your office’s carbon footprint by seeing computers, monitors, printers, copiers, speakers and other business equipment to their energy saving feature and turning them off at the end of the day. And plant a tree!
  • Turning off all unnecessary lights, especially in unused offices and conference rooms is an easy way to save energy.
  • If you’re in search of something to personalize your workspace, look no further than the humble houseplant. Houseplants are good for the environment because they remove quantities of pollutants present in the air.

AFTER A LONG DAY:

  • In the summer/warmer months,

    consider using an interior fan

    in conjunction with your window air-conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home. While you’re at it, in winter, lower your thermostat and put on a jumper. In summer, increase it and wear lighter clothes, you will also save money!

  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat as it senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air-conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • When cooking dinner, match the size of the pan to the size of the heating element to lower energy wastage.
  • When you are feeling at your laziest, don’t throw clean clothes in the hamper to avoid hanging them up! Wear jeans more than once…
  • When you wash, use only eco-friendly products in your home

    . It’s best for you and the environment! And did we mention plant a tree!

Adapted from

unep.org

30 Green Tips on World Environment Day!

30 Green Tips on World Environment Day!


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This year’s theme for World Environment Day (WED) is Your Planet Needs You! UNite to Combat Climate Change.
But too often we are presented with environmental problems without being given the tools to act. WED is about taking action to be a part of the solution. And the 30 Daily…

<img class=”size-full wp-image-1611 alignright” title=”un-world-environment-day-2009″ src=”http://delhigreens.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/un-world-environment-day-2009.jpg” alt=”UN World Environment Day 2009″ width=”279″ height=”187″ />This year’s theme for World Environment Day (WED) is <strong><span style=”color: #99cc00;”><span style=”color: #000000;”>Your Planet Needs </span><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>You!</span></span> <span style=”color: #0000ff;”>UNite to Combat Climate Change</span></strong>.
But too often we are presented with environmental problems without being given the tools to act. <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>WED is about taking action</span> to be a part of the solution. And the <strong>30</strong> <strong>Daily do something Tips below</strong> are a great start.

<img class=”size-full wp-image-1613 alignleft” title=”tip_mill” src=”http://delhigreens.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/tip_mill.jpg” alt=”Green Tip of the week” width=”91″ height=”63″ />We can all do our part to protect the planet by using less and acting more. Going green is not as difficult as you might think. Here we walk you through <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>30 easy ways to green your daily routine</span>, from the moment you hit snooze on your solar-powered alarm clock to the point when you crawl into your eco-washed, organic cotton sheets.

<img class=”size-full wp-image-1612 alignright” title=”bike_man” src=”http://delhigreens.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/bike_man.jpg” alt=”Bike Man” width=”91″ height=”63″ />Make your WED commitment today. But don’t stop at today and don’t stop here. Try to incorporate all of these into your life as a matter of routine. Get others to do so the same. And get involved!

Environment Day Thought:
<blockquote>Only when the last tree has died
Only when the last river has been poisoned
Only when the last fish been caught
Only then will mankind realize that we cannot eat money.</blockquote>
IN GENERAL:
<ul>
<li>Plant a tree! Help achieve UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign target of planting seven billion trees – one for every person on the planet – by the end of this year! Three billion are planted. Five billion are pledged. <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>On every continent in the world trees can be planted in June</span>, so start your efforts on WED.</li>
<li>Find needy homes or charitable organizations for things that you no longer need or want rather than throwing it away.  <a href=”http://delhigreens.com/2008/04/22/dont-just-recycle-freecycle/” target=”_blank”>Delhi Freecycle Network it!
</a></li>
</ul>
DAILY ROUTINE:

AT HOME…
<ul>
<li>It would seem to go without saying, but many of us forget that we can <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>save water in simple ways</span> like not letting the tap run while shaving, washing your face, or brushing your teeth.</li>
<li><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Insulating your water heater</span> will help save valuable energy, and you can go the extra mile by installing showerheads with a low flow in your bathrooms for bathing purposes to help save water. You can also put a timer on your heaters to save power.</li>
<li>Using an electric razor or hand razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors goes a long way to cutting back on waste. And plant a tree.</li>
<li><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Use towels for drying your face and hands</span> instead of tissues that are used and thrown away. Also, hang your towels to dry so that they can be reused several times. You are after all clean when you use them!</li>
<li>Juice or yoghurt lovers can do their bit by buying juice in concentrates and yoghurt in reusable containers instead of single serving packages.</li>
</ul>
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<ul>
<li>Many of us like to leaf through the paper as we munch on breakfast, but consider reading the dailies in communal spaces like the office or coffee shops. However, if you prefer to have your own copy, make sure you recycle!</li>
<li>When packing your lunch, opt for reusable containers for food storage instead of wrapping the food with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.</li>
<li>As you leave the house, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>don’t forget to switch off all the lights and appliances</span> at the wall unit (if you have this feature) and unplug chargers as they continue to consume even if they are not charging; saving energy helps reduce air pollution.</li>
</ul>
GETTING TO WORK:
<ul>
<li><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Don’t go anywhere without your cloth bag</span> so you can just say no to plastic whenever you shop. Remember <strong>plastic bags are banned in Delhi</strong>.</li>
<li>Radical as it may seem, in today’s “the easier the better” society, the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is by avoiding driving altogether. Power down and Instead try biking, walking, carpooling, public transport or an occasional telecommute.</li>
<li>If you have no other choice than to drive to work, look for the most fuel- efficient car model for your next purchase and <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure</span>.</li>
<li>If you’re one of the lucky few blessed with clear stretches of road on your way to work, drive at uniform speed, as it saves fuel.</li>
<li>If you’re among the majority of drivers who spend their mornings stuck in traffic, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>consider turning your engine off if you will be idling</span> for long periods of time. And plant a tree.</li>
<li><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>For those who suffer from road rage</span>, remember that aggressive driving lowers your mileage, so if you want to save on fuel and save the planet while you’re at it, accelerate gradually– something to keep that in mind the next time that bad driver cuts you off! <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Just count to 10 and say the planet needs me!</span></li>
</ul>
AT WORK:
<ul>
<li>Do you have a morning hot drink routine? <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Using a washable mug</span> is an environmentally-friendly alternative to non-biodegradable styrofoam or plastic cups.</li>
<li>Leave a cup and reusable bottle for water at work to eliminate buying drinks, which get served in plastic cups, or bottled water. 80% of plastic bottles are recyclable but only 20% are actually recycled.</li>
<li>When you need a pad for lists and messages, turn over an old document and write on the back of that instead.</li>
<li><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>If there isn’t an office recycling system, start one yourself</span>! Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.</li>
<li>When you must have a paper copy, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>make sure you default your printer option to use both sides</span>. This is an easy tree-saver!</li>
<li>Most computer accessories like ink cartridges and CDs and DVDs are made of materials that could be reused. Computer cords and speakers are fairly standardized, meaning they can be used for a variety of computer models and makes.</li>
<li>Lower your office’s carbon footprint by seeing computers, monitors, printers, copiers, speakers and other business equipment to their energy saving feature and turning them off at the end of the day. And plant a tree!</li>
<li>Turning off all unnecessary lights, especially in unused offices and conference rooms is an easy way to save energy.</li>
<li>If you’re in search of something to personalize your workspace, look no further than the humble houseplant. Houseplants are good for the environment because they remove quantities of pollutants present in the air.</li>
</ul>
AFTER A LONG DAY:
<ul>
<li>In the summer/warmer months, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>consider using an interior fan</span> in conjunction with your window air-conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home. While you’re at it, in winter, lower your thermostat and put on a jumper. In summer, increase it and wear lighter clothes, you will also save money!</li>
<li>Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat as it senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air-conditioner to run longer than necessary.</li>
<li>When cooking dinner, match the size of the pan to the size of the heating element to lower energy wastage.</li>
<li>When you are feeling at your laziest, don’t throw clean clothes in the hamper to avoid hanging them up! Wear jeans more than once…</li>
<li><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>When you wash, use only eco-friendly products in your home</span>. It’s best for you and the environment! And did we mention plant a tree!</li>
</ul>
Adapted from <a href=”http://www.unep.org/wed/2009/english/” target=”_blank”>unep.org</a>

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UN World Environment Day 2009 This year’s theme for World Environment Day (WED) is Your Planet Needs You! UNite to Combat Climate Change. But too often we are presented with environmental problems without being given the tools to act. WED is about taking action to be a part of the solution. And the 30 Daily do something Tips below are a great start. Green Tip of the week We can all do our part to protect the planet by using less and acting more. Going green is not as difficult as you might think. Here we walk you through 30 easy ways to green your daily routine, from the moment you hit snooze on your solar-powered alarm clock to the point when you crawl into your eco-washed, organic cotton sheets. Bike Man Make your WED commitment today. But don’t stop at today and don’t stop here. Try to incorporate all of these into your life as a matter of routine. Get others to do so the same. And get involved! Environment Day Thought:

Only when the last tree has died Only when the last river has been poisoned Only when the last fish been caught Only then will mankind realize that we cannot eat money.

IN GENERAL:

  • Plant a tree! Help achieve UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign target of planting seven billion trees – one for every person on the planet – by the end of this year! Three billion are planted. Five billion are pledged. On every continent in the world trees can be planted in June, so start your efforts on WED.
  • Find needy homes or charitable organizations for things that you no longer need or want rather than throwing it away. Delhi Freecycle Network it!

DAILY ROUTINE: AT HOME…

  • It would seem to go without saying, but many of us forget that we can save water in simple ways like not letting the tap run while shaving, washing your face, or brushing your teeth.
  • Insulating your water heater will help save valuable energy, and you can go the extra mile by installing showerheads with a low flow in your bathrooms for bathing purposes to help save water. You can also put a timer on your heaters to save power.
  • Using an electric razor or hand razor with replaceable blades instead of disposable razors goes a long way to cutting back on waste. And plant a tree.
  • Use towels for drying your face and hands instead of tissues that are used and thrown away. Also, hang your towels to dry so that they can be reused several times. You are after all clean when you use them!
  • Juice or yoghurt lovers can do their bit by buying juice in concentrates and yoghurt in reusable containers instead of single serving packages.

  • Many of us like to leaf through the paper as we munch on breakfast, but consider reading the dailies in communal spaces like the office or coffee shops. However, if you prefer to have your own copy, make sure you recycle!
  • When packing your lunch, opt for reusable containers for food storage instead of wrapping the food with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • As you leave the house, don’t forget to switch off all the lights and appliances at the wall unit (if you have this feature) and unplug chargers as they continue to consume even if they are not charging; saving energy helps reduce air pollution.

GETTING TO WORK:

  • Don’t go anywhere without your cloth bag so you can just say no to plastic whenever you shop. Remember plastic bags are banned in Delhi.
  • Radical as it may seem, in today’s “the easier the better” society, the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is by avoiding driving altogether. Power down and Instead try biking, walking, carpooling, public transport or an occasional telecommute.
  • If you have no other choice than to drive to work, look for the most fuel- efficient car model for your next purchase and keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure.
  • If you’re one of the lucky few blessed with clear stretches of road on your way to work, drive at uniform speed, as it saves fuel.
  • If you’re among the majority of drivers who spend their mornings stuck in traffic, consider turning your engine off if you will be idling for long periods of time. And plant a tree.
  • For those who suffer from road rage, remember that aggressive driving lowers your mileage, so if you want to save on fuel and save the planet while you’re at it, accelerate gradually– something to keep that in mind the next time that bad driver cuts you off! Just count to 10 and say the planet needs me!

AT WORK:

  • Do you have a morning hot drink routine? Using a washable mug is an environmentally-friendly alternative to non-biodegradable styrofoam or plastic cups.
  • Leave a cup and reusable bottle for water at work to eliminate buying drinks, which get served in plastic cups, or bottled water. 80% of plastic bottles are recyclable but only 20% are actually recycled.
  • When you need a pad for lists and messages, turn over an old document and write on the back of that instead.
  • If there isn’t an office recycling system, start one yourself! Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.
  • When you must have a paper copy, make sure you default your printer option to use both sides. This is an easy tree-saver!
  • Most computer accessories like ink cartridges and CDs and DVDs are made of materials that could be reused. Computer cords and speakers are fairly standardized, meaning they can be used for a variety of computer models and makes.
  • Lower your office’s carbon footprint by seeing computers, monitors, printers, copiers, speakers and other business equipment to their energy saving feature and turning them off at the end of the day. And plant a tree!
  • Turning off all unnecessary lights, especially in unused offices and conference rooms is an easy way to save energy.
  • If you’re in search of something to personalize your workspace, look no further than the humble houseplant. Houseplants are good for the environment because they remove quantities of pollutants present in the air.

AFTER A LONG DAY:

  • In the summer/warmer months, consider using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air-conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home. While you’re at it, in winter, lower your thermostat and put on a jumper. In summer, increase it and wear lighter clothes, you will also save money!
  • Don’t place lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat as it senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air-conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • When cooking dinner, match the size of the pan to the size of the heating element to lower energy wastage.
  • When you are feeling at your laziest, don’t throw clean clothes in the hamper to avoid hanging them up! Wear jeans more than once…
  • When you wash, use only eco-friendly products in your home. It’s best for you and the environment! And did we mention plant a tree!

Adapted from unep.org

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