Think you don’t have the time to get green? You do! Here are 10 easy eco-friendly steps you can try that won’t take more than 30 seconds.
- Recycle your old phone book: According to Waste-Free Mail There are enough phone books created each year to measure 106,700 miles when lined up end to end; enough to circle around the earth about 4.28 times! It takes just seconds to toss your old yellow pages in the recycling bin. The entire phone book is 100% recyclable and can be used to make new phone books.
- Hang it up: After a shower, you’re clean (or so I presume), so hang your towel instead of tossing it in the laundry bin. Washing towels after one use is so overrated.
- Wipe out your microwave: A dirty microwave has to work harder to heat food AND it’s totally gross! If it takes you longer than 30 seconds to do this, you’ve already waited too long.
- Buy a recycled role: It takes less than 10 seconds to pick up a recycled package of toilet paper at the store vs. new toilet paper, yet this choice makes a big difference. Recycled toilet paper helps save water, trees, oil and landfill space. NRDC notes that if all households in the U.S. alone bought one 4 pack of recycled TP vs. new, it would save a million trees and eliminate 60,600 pounds of pollution.
- Turn on the tap: It’ll take you about 30 seconds to fill up a reusable water bottle with good ol’ tap water vs. the 30 minutes it would take to drive to the store for a new case of bottled water.
- Hit a button: Most computers uses 90% less energy while in sleep mode and it takes mere seconds to hit that button and save some energy.
- Clean some rubber: When that long rubber seal on your fridge door gets all crusty and gross, the door doesn’t form a tight seal, won’t close properly and energy is wasted. It takes mere seconds to wipe this down with a cloth.
- Cancel your catalogs: Amazingly, the average person in the U.S. use 700 pounds of paper products a year. Paper catalogs in the mail help contribute to this issue. Luckily, it’ll take you just 12 seconds per title to opt-out of mail order catalogs using Catalog Choice.
- Pull the cord: During daylight hours pull up your blinds vs. flipping on the lights. I can’t tell you how many homes I’ve been in where the lights are on, the shades are down and it’s flipping daytime! Crazy? Yeah, I thought so too.
- Turn off the shower: Not for good! Smelling nice is a good thing. However, if you turn the shower off just while you scrub the shampoo into your hair, you can save up to 50 gallons of water per year.
In the comments – add your idea – one easy green step for the rest of us.