“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” – we’re all familiar with this slogan, and it’s simple enough, right? But what exactly does “reduce” mean? “Reduce” is a rally cry to minimize the amount of natural and manufactured resources we consume in our daily lives.
Luckily for us, reducing the amount of resources we use is easy. Here’s how you can reduce your consumption of our resources every day:
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Did you know …
-Recycling an aluminum uses only 5% of the energy required to create a new can?
-Every ton of paper recycled saves 60,000 gallons of water?
-Recycling one computer monitor reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 400 pounds?
Recycling is easier than ever with curbside pickups and handy recycling center locators. Recycle aluminum cans by dropping them in curbside recycling bins or at local recycling drop-off centers.
- Use a power strip!
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Even when your appliances and electronics are turned off, they still use electricity. To cut down on wasted energy, plug your appliances into a power strip and turn the strip off when the appliances and electronics aren’t in use.
- Eat your greens!
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And less meat. Raising these little guys to produce just one pound of beef requires 2,400 gallons of water! By reducing the amount of animal products you consume, you’ll reduce the amount of resources devoted to raising cows, pigs and poultry for sale. Besides, eating more fruits and vegetables is good for your health!
- Buy local!
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It takes a lot of energy for 18-wheelers to get the goods you need to a store near you. In fact, about a third of all the fuel used for transportation in the U.S. moves commercial goods. Buying locally made products reduces the amount of energy required to transport them.
- Drink from a reusable water bottle!
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It takes 17 million barrels of oil every year to make enough plastic bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water. That much oil could produce enough electricity to power almost a quarter of a million homes. Avoid using disposable plastic water bottles by making a one-time purchase of a durable, reusable bottle.