Ways to Go Green & Save Green

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Ways to Go Green & Save Green by Mind Map: Ways to Go Green & Save Green

1. Eat Smart

1.1. Add one meatless meal a week

1.1.1. Cost of meat at store is high

1.2. Buy organic, locally raised meat/eggs/dairy whenever possible

1.2.1. Purchashing from farmers keeps money in local economy

1.3. Watch videos about why local food and sustainable seafood are so great

2. Save water to save money

2.1. Take shorter showers

2.2. Install low-flow showerhead

2.3. These plants need minimal watering

2.4. Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden

3. Borrow instead of buying

3.1. Borrow library books instead of buying books

3.1.1. Saves money & ink and paper that goes into printing new books

3.2. Share power tools and appliances

3.2.1. Cut down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage

4. Keep electronics out of the trash.

4.1. Keep cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible

4.2. Donate or recycle electronics when time comes

4.2.1. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics

4.2.1.1. Becoming a growing environmental problem

4.3. Ask local government to set up electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event

5. Less gas = more money & better health

5.1. Walk or bike to work

5.1.1. Improves your cardiovascular health

5.1.2. Reduces risk of obesity

5.1.3. Saves parking costs

5.1.4. Saves gas

5.2. Lobby local government to reduce traffic

5.2.1. Increase spending on sidewalks

5.2.1.1. Betters your health & reduces traffic

5.2.2. Increase spending on bike lanes

5.2.2.1. Betters your health & reduces traffic

6. Save Energy to Save Money

6.1. Set thermostat a few degrees higher in summer in summer to save on heating and cooling cost

6.2. Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in winter

6.3. Unplug appliances when you're not using them

6.3.1. Use "smart" power strip that senses when appliences are off and cuts engery use

6.4. wash clothes in cold water

6.5. Use drying rack or clothesline

7. Buy Smart

7.1. Buy in bulk

7.1.1. Food in bulk saves money and packaging

7.2. Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned

7.2.1. Saves money

7.2.2. Cuts down on toxic chemical use

7.3. Invest in high-quality products

7.3.1. Longer lasting

7.3.2. Won't need to replace as frequently

7.3.2.1. This means less waste