A to Z List for Easy Ways for Everyone to Save the Environment

By Lindsay Davey, Andie Eaton, Theresa Ladao, Cassandra Starkey

Avoid Fast Food - Most fast food is over-packaged and many fast food companies contribute significantly to producing mountains of trash. You'll help reduce this needless waste.

Buy Recycled Products - Look right on the package for "made of 100 percent recycled material." If the underside is gray or dark brown, the cardboard is made of recycled material. If it's white, it is made of unrecycled material.

Change A Light Bulb - By replacing a standard bulb with a compact fouorescent one, you will get more light for less money and save a lot of energy.

Don't Buy Aerosols - Aerosols can't be recycled and some of their ingredients contribute to air pollution. Instead of aerosols, look for spray bottles, liquids, powders, and roll-ons.

Eat Organic Produce - Organic produce contains far fewer chemicals than other produce. That's better for your health, and is definitely better for the environment. So, don't eat chemicals, eat real food!

Find Out How To Dispose of Waste - Nearly every household has some kind of hazardous waste: old paint cans, used motor oil, unused pesticides and weed killers. Call your city or county office to find out the proper way to dispose of such trash in your area.

Grow A Garden - A garden provides environmental benefits and help to reduce soil erosion and may help to reduce air pollution. Using as few pesticides and chemical fertilizers as possible.

Help Clean Up a Stream Or Park - If you are at a park or a river and see cans, bags, wrappers, or bottles - pick them up. You will be helping others and living things in the environment like plants and animals.






Inspect Your Home - You may find a lot of energy being wasted right in your own home. Make a list of the things you believe should be done.

Join An Environmental Group - There are hundreds of different organizations. Try to find one that focuses on something you are particularly interested in.

Keep The Car At Home - Most driving trips are under five miles, and you'd be surprised how many are under one mile. Try Walking, biking, skateboarding, or taking the bus.

Look At Labels - You can find out about a product's ingredients - whether it contains anything that might be hazardous to your health or the environment.

Make A Donation To A Good Cause - You don't have to contribute a lot of money. Just a little can help volunteer groups in your community who contribute their time to help make the environment a safer place.

Notice Animal Cruelty - Millions of laboratory animals are burned and injected with poisonous substances to try new products. If you had a choice between a product that caused animals to be harmed and one that didn't, which one would you choose?

Observe The Three R's - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The next time you go shopping think about the Three R's every time you pull a potential purchase off the shelf.

Plant A Tree - Visit a local nursery to find out what kinds of trees will grow best in your area.

Quit Throwing Away Batteries - Batteries contain hazardous materials, which leak into landfills when they are thrown away and the chemicals affect our water supply. Use batteries that can be recharged.



Re-use A Bag - Paper and plastic bags create a lot of pollution. Instead, try using a canvas bag. If you must use a paper or plastic bag, try to use the bag over as many times as you can.

Spend Your Money Wisely - Beware of things that exploit endangered animals or wood that comes from rainforests. It helps influence companies to do things that don't harm the environment.

Turn Off The Lights - Reminding yourself and others to turn them off when they leave the room can save money and energy.

Use Recycled Paper - It will help keep forests from being cut down and can save money and energy. You can buy paper towels, napkins, writing paper, books, newspapers, and many other things made of recycled paper.

Visit A Recycling Center - Look at the different things being recycled - glass, paper, cans and household appliances. Think how wasteful it would be if all of that was being thrown away instead.

Work For The Environment - Most environmental organizations need lots of help. If you decide to get a summer job, see if there's a job available in which you can help the environment.

X-ercise Your Rights - You have the right to clean air and water, and a safe environment. Speak against people and companies who threaten to take those rights away by polluting or by making decisions that encourage polluting or other wasteful behavior.

Yell At A Litterer - You don't have to yell, but if you do see someone littering, you should say something. Be polite, but explain that littering is bad for the environment.

Zero In On Specifics - You can be most effective by choosing one or two specific problems to focus on. Pick a problem and learn about it.