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Tips for Sustainable Living

TIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING

From Auberge Resorts

  

  1. Turn off water while brushing. Turning off the water between rinses can save at least two gallons in one brushing session.  (The average U.S. citizen uses 2,000 gallons of water a day)
  2. Pay bills online. It’s usually free, and you’ll never miss another payment. If all U.S. households viewed and paid bills electronically, we’d save 18.5 million trees and 15.8 billion gallons of water per year. Plus, save up to $148 per year on stamps.
  3. Don’t trash your meds. When we flush meds down drains or send them to landfills, they make their way into rivers and even drinking water. Take unused meds to your next pharmacy visit.
  4. Zap phantom loads. 40% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while they’re turned off. Plug devices into power strips and switch off each night.
  5. Buy local. It’s fresher: Produce shipped from outside the country travels up to two weeks before it arrives in grocery stores. Plus it takes 4-17 times less oil to produce local food compared to nonlocal.
  6. Exercise outside. Gyms overload on A/C, and most of those training machines use electricity too.
  7. Stop junk mail. It consumes more energy than 2.8 million cars every year and uses100 million trees 28 billion gallons of water used annually. Americans waste about 8 hours per year dealing with junk mail. You can stop 75% of unsolicited mail by registering on the Mail Preference Service on the Direct Marketing Association Website (for a fee of $1). Within 90 days, most unsolicited mail will stop.
  8. Check your tire pressure. Increase your gas mileage by keeping your tires properly inflated — which also keeps 383 lbs of CO2 out of the air each year.
  9. Use cloth napkins. Americans use an average of 2,200 paper napkins per person per year. It’s actually cheaper to throw cloth napkins in the wash than to buy paper ones.
  10. Drive efficiently. At 45mph and above, save gas by rolling your windows up and cranking the AC.
  11. Fix drips.  One dripping faucet wastes more water in a day than one person can drink in a week.
  12. Buy products with refills.  This will dramatically reduce the amount of packaging that goes to waste
  13. Give away used household items. Charities or second hand shops will give these items a second life.
  14. Use Safe Bottles. Many baby and adult water bottles are made from plastic that contains the toxin bisphenol A (BPA). Opt for BPA-free bottles to avoid toxins in the body and in the environment.
  15. Buy bath products free of toxins: Your body deserves to be nourished and you should try to use products that contain natural or organic ingredients.

   

WEBSITES

LIFESTYLES OF HEALTH AND SUSTAINABIILITY www.lohas.com LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice.

THE DAILY GREEN: www.thedailygreen.com The consumer’s guide to the green revolution – includes recipes, products, travel and more.

EARTH 911: www.earth911.com Earth911 is an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products’ end-of-life for both businesses and consumers

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: www.nationalgeographic.com The well known global institution has a great resource called the “green guide” that provides interesting facts and resources.

NATURE.ORG: www.nature.org You can calculate your carbon footprint

MOBILE APPS

The GoodGuide iPhone app is the app you need when navigating store aisles. Once downloaded, you can use your iPhone or iPod Touch’s camera to scan the barcodes of more than 65,000 products

The EarthObserver app puts a worldwide interactive atlas at your fingertips and lets you explore the Earth like never before. Created at Columbia University and supported by the U.S. Science Foundation

The Get Green app sends a helpful season-based daily tip to your iPhone, ranging from green workplaces, to throwing a green Halloween party and even greening your wedding

BUSINESS REFERENCES

Green to Gold, by Daniel C. Esty; Andrew S. Winston

Forces for Good, the six practices of high-impact nonprofits by Leslie R Crutchfield; Heather McLeod Grant

Management Reset, by Edward E Lawler; Christopher G Worley; David Creelman

http://bx.businessweek.com/sustainable-business-practices/

 http://getsustainable.net/library.html

 http://www.iisd.org/business/tools/principles_sbp.aspx

 FILMS

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Planet Earth (2006)

King Corn (2007)

March of the Penguins (2005)

CATEGORIES: General, Planet Auberge

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