I really need to come up with a new title for this. I’ll probably just revert back to the original, short version. Anyhoo, you can find part 1 of this ‘next generation’ here or get the original 100 Ways eBook for free here. If you’ve read all them and are ready for more, here are another ten:
111. Don’t use deodorant. Well of course you can, but have a look at the ingredients as some things aren’t great for you or for the planet if they’re derived from petroleum. Anti-perspirants are the worst offenders so try a more natural alternative or go without, you never know, people might not notice!
112. Send e-cards instead of real ones. It’s much better for the environment, although you may not be the most popular person in the world. But if you don’t feel comfortable with that, request that when it’s your birthday/anniversary/wedding/Christmas/Easter etc you only get e-cards. Your friends might think it’s a good idea and it’s cheaper for them too.
113. Buy used nappies for your baby. Clean, reusable ones anyway. www.usednappies.co.uk is an auction site that specialises in, you’ve guessed it, nappies. Buying previously used nappies is better for the environment and I would have thought, cheaper too.
114. Quickly save a tonne of CO2. Well quickly find out how as www.saveatonne.com is a simple but informative one page website with ten easy steps for individuals to save a tonne of CO2 and advising people that you don’t have to dramatically change your routine to make dramatic changes to our environment. It’s got some great links on there to help too.
115. It’s a fact that heating and air conditioning aren’t going away. So if you are using one of the two (hopefully not both at the same time!) then try to do it in as efficient way as possible. A lady called Jessica Renda at www.cwheatcool.com sent in three tips for heating and cooling:
• Get an electric heat pump instead of oil or gas furnace.
• For air conditioning – make sure you are using the right type of freon (R410A) this is the new environmentally friendly freon – at least as friendly as it can get for now.
• Change your air filters – the more frequently you change your air filter the better the air flow to your system, which helps it to operate better. Think about it, how do you feel with a stuffed up nose? You get the point.
We certainly do Jessica.
116. Don’t buy new toys. And this isn’t just for kids either but for adults who like to collect figures or even someone who likes ornaments. They come with a huge amount of packaging. A lot of times just so you can see them on the shelf but are still secure. The plastic, cardboard, wire ties, polystyrene etc all add up and at Christmas the bin doesn’t stand a chance of coping. So buy toys from charity shops or second-hand. Or ask friends if you can have ones they’ve finished with.
117. Recycle your old CDs. I have loads sitting around at home, and at work even though I prefer photos being emailed, I’m always being sent them on CD. Luckily at work we can send them to a printer who recycles them and makes them into car headlight covers (the cases anyway). However what can you do at home? In the UK, Polymer Recycling recycle the cases, inserts and also the discs and have a handy diagram to tell you how they do it – click on the picture to visit the large version on the site.
In the US there’s a company called GreenDisk which picks up from recycling centres and businesses. But if you can’t find anywhere, be creative and use them as coasters or as decorations until you can find somewhere to get them recycled. And if you’ve only got CDs for music, do as number 63 in the list said – bypass the whole process and download your music.
119. Pick up litter. All these ways are aimed at making the world a better place to live and litter can turn a nice area into a dump very quickly. And I don’t mean you have to roam the streets, look in the local newspaper and you’ll see events organised by local groups – such as scouring the shore for trash or at your local park. Not only is litter unsightly, it can be dangerous for wildlife too.
120. Buy a real Christmas tree. Seems strange but it’s actually better for the environment than plastic ones. The production of PVC creatures by-products such as lead and after use will just be left in a landfill. Real trees are mostly grown in the country they’re bought from, while artificial trees are imported. The Soil Association has a list of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) producers. Or why not grow your own tree?