1. Cut down on meat
- You don't have to become vegan to make a difference. Simply participating in meatless mondays or intermittent vegetarianism can help reduce the massive amounts of land, food, energy, water, and immense animal suffering that results from animal agriculture. The United States Environmental Protection Agency also notes that ~20% of greenhouse gas emission result from agricultural practices, including livestock, soils, and the intensive farming of animals.
2. Divert your trash from landfills
- It's finally the time to become the recycling expert and never second guess the blue bin again. Additionally, composting food waste/scraps, compostable food containers, and soiled paper towels or products can help divert trash from landfills. Never have a nervous breakdown at the four bins again!
3. Eliminate phantom power.
- Most electronic devices actually still use electricity, even when they're powered down or in standby mode. By unplugging laptop chargers, toasters, blenders, and other small household electronics during the year when you're not using them, you'll not only save on your PGE bill, but reduce your carbon footprint!
4. Unsubscribe from junk mail
- Is there a pile of mile somewhere in your house or apartment currently? Will you ever read any of it before it ends up in the trash? According to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), over 11.9 billion catalogs were mailed out in 2013. Save yourself and the trees by banishing junk mail from your mailbox.