Week 22 – Stop using straws

In the US, 500 million straws go to landfills every day according to the Be Straw Free Campaign.  That’s enough straws to fill 127 school buses daily!  For an item that is only used for a few minutes as we sip our favorite drinks, this is an incredible amount of waste.  Starting today, I will ask…

One aluminum can

It is important to recycle, and this is especially true for aluminum which is easy to recycle.  Aluminum can be recycled again and again without any degradation in quality.   Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy than using virgin materials according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The Aluminum Association estimates…

Week 21 – Check my tire pressure regularly

Due to the number of miles that I drive, my biggest environmental impact is probably my car’s emissions.  I know the green thing to do would be to live closer to work or take public transportation.  But, knowing that I am not going to change my driving habits, I bought a hybrid car last year. …

Happy Endangered Species Day

Happy Endangered Species Day!  Today is the 40th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act.  This act helps protect animal and plant species that are in danger of going extinct.  The Act has protected about 1,400 species so far which is just a small percentage of those at risk. Some endangered/ threatened species in Wisconsin…

Week 20 – Buy more organic food

Organic foods are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation, or genetic engineering.  This means that fewer chemicals are being produced, fewer chemicals are running off into the water supply, fewer workers are suffering from health problems due to working with chemicals, and I will be eating fewer chemicals.  These are all good things!…

Week 19 – Learn about environmental issues

One important component of going green is to understand the issues and what we can do to combat them.  In order to achieve a broader knowledge of environmental issues, I will learn about 3 topics per month (in addition to any topics that I research for my weekly changes). My first topic was inspired by…

Week 18 – Unplug router and TV when not in use

Greg and I leave our router on 24/7.  But, we work all day and sleep all night so there’s only a few hours when we are actually using the internet in our home.  Our router (and that other mystery box that accompanies it) use 0.75A combined continuously.  This means that every day I unplug the router (and…