- Invest in your own coffee cup
If you start every morning with a steamy cup, a quick tabulation can show you that the waste is piling up. Invest in a reusable cup, which not only cuts down on waste, but keeps your beverage hot for a much longer time. Most coffee shops will happily fill your own cup, and many even offer you a discount in exchange!
- Batch errands
Feel like you spend your whole week trying to catch up with the errands? Take a few moments once a week to make a list of all the errands that need to get done, and see if you can batch them into one trip. Not only will you be saving fuel, but you might find yourself with much better time-management skills.
- Turn off lights
Always turn off incandescent bulbs when you leave a room. Fluorescent bulbs are more affected by the number of times it is switched on and off, so turn them off when you leave a room for 15 minutes or more. You’ll save energy on the bulb itself, but also on cooling costs, as lights contribute heat to a room.
- Greener lawn care
If you must water your lawn or plants, do it early in the morning before any moisture is lost to evaporation. Have a few weeds? Spot treat them with vinegar instead of using chemicals.
- Picnic with your own dishes
Dumped plastic cups and plates or other disposable utensils are a common sight at the picnic places. They litter and and do not get destroyed easily. Next time, take your own utensils and do not hesitate to tell strangers to do the same – we share the same Earth.
- Recycle old cell phones
The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes.
- Maintain your vehicle
Not only are you extending the life of your vehicle, but you are creating less pollution and saving gas. A properly maintained vehicle, clean air filters, and inflated tires can greatly improve your vehicle’s performance. And it might not hurt to clean out the trunk—all that extra weight could be costing you at the pump.
- Recycle unwanted wire hangers
Wire hangers are generally made of steel, which is often not accepted by some recycling programs. So what do you do with them? Most dry cleaners will accept them back to reuse or recycle.
- Recycle aluminium and glass
Twenty recycled aluminium cans can be made with the energy it takes to manufacture one brand new one.
Every ton of glass recycled saves the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil needed to make glass from virgin materials.
See if you can work out an arrangement with your employer that you work from home for some portion of the week and do most meetings over the phone or teleconferencing. Not only will you save money and fuel, you will save precious time as well.