Friday, May 8, 2009

Pollution Reduction Tips

Limit Chemical Use

1. Try using a plunger or boiling water to unclog drains before using a chemical drain opener.

2. Pull weeds by hand instead of using a chemical herbicide. Good topsoil will help your plants to grow and will decrease the number of weeds in your garden or yard.

Preventing Automobile Pollution

1. Carpool, use public transportation, walk or ride your bike to work instead of driving.

2. Run errands on your way to or from work or organize them so that you are not driving unnecessary miles.

3. Make sure your car is running well to avoid costly repairs, reduce pollution, and improve the mileage of your vehicle.

4. Stop filling your gas tank after the first “click” to reduce vapors. Do not “topoff” your tank.

5. If you are buying a car, consider buying the most fuel-efficient model. The new gas/electric Hybrid car can get more than 50 miles per gallon.

6. Clean out your trunk! You get 4% less gas mileage for every 100 pounds of extra cargo, and less gas mileage means your car releases more emissions that pollute the environment.

Shop Smart

1. Buy products with less packaging or packaging that can be reused or recycled.

2. Buy quality products that will last for a long time.

3. Buy only what you need, and use all of a product before purchasing more – especially when purchasing items that are toxic such as pesticides, some paints and cleaning products.

4. Look for the least toxic products to meet your needs. Many environmentally friendly alternative items, such as household cleaners and degreasers, can be found on the shelves of most grocery and hardware stores.

5. Reuse shopping bags or ask that your purchases be put into as few bags as possible.

6. Borrow or rent items you do not use often instead of buying them.

Other Pollution Reduction Tips

. Talk to your kids about what they can do to improve air quality.

2. Restrict the use of gasoline-powered equipment. Leave lawn mowing for another day.

3. Use electric-powered or manual tools, which don't produce any pollution.

4. Delay using oil-based paints, solvents and cleaners.

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