What do you do to take care of our planet?

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What do you do to take care of our planet? You can help reduce the Greenhouse gases and the negative impact they are having on our environment. Here are 10 easy ways to live a “greener” life and help with this cause!
1. Recycle– not only will that glass bottle become a new glass bottle, but you’ll also help to reduce pollution and create jobs!
2. Reuse– wrapping paper, unbroken bags and bows for future gifts or art projects with the kids; donate clothes and toys you aren´t using to those who need them. And we can convert something that we aren´t using into something useful; for example use a shoe box to store pencils, crayons and stickers.
3. Save on Electricity– dry clothes on clothes line when warm and sunny, turn off the lights in your home that you aren’t really using, change to energy saving lightbulbs and set a programmable thermostat.
4. Use public transportation– the excessive amounts of gas used on our planet will someday run out. Taking public transportation to get to work will make a big difference in the end.
5. Take the stairs– it’s not only good exercise and good for your heart, but it also saves electricity. If it’s only a couple flights of stairs, why take an elevator?
6. Save Water– Take short showers, and only occasional baths. Bring a water bottle from home rather than buying plastic bottles. And turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or while you’e scrubbing the pots and pans.
7. Go paperless– most banks and utility companies nowadays send bills online.
8. Choose low energy appliances– from washing machines and dishwashers to toasters and blenders it´s worth looking at how energy efficient it is before purchasing!
9. Eat less red meat– livestock consume most of the grain in most countries requiring massive amounts of water.
10. Buy local products– buying local food and produce, clothing and shoes not only helps local farmers and shop owners but also reduces the negative impact of transporting so much foreign merchandise

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