The Environment in Peril
Can We Make a Difference?
As a Consumer
► When buying new appliances, use the The EnerGuide Appliance Directory to choose the most energy–efficient model. Better yet, choose an Energy Star® model. If each household in the U.S. replaced its existing appliances with the most efficient models available, we’d eliminate 175 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year!
► Look for the EcoLogo™. This label is used to identify a wide range of environmentally friendly products and services.
► Buy food and other products with reusable, recyclable and reduced packaging. Avoid heavily packaged products. You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.
► Choose recycled products. It takes 70 to 90% less energy to make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide.
► Choose products that are reusable.
► Choose products that are well made and durable; that way you’ll reduce waste while saving yourself time, money and aggravation.
► Use cloth bags for your trips to the store.
► Repair, refinish, or donate items that are en route to the trash?
► Buy used items
► Join a Recycling group. Freecycle™ Changing the World One Gift at a Time