Conservation at Your Work

  • Start an office recycling program for office and computer paper, cardboard, etc.
  • Use scrap paper for informal notes to yourself and others
  • Print things on recycled paper
  • Print or copy on both sides of the paper
  • Use smaller paper for smaller memos
  • Re-use manila envelopes and file folders
  • Use mugs rather than paper cups.
  • Route things around the office or post non-urgent communications rather than making multiple copies
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Put a bird feeder outside your office window.

When You're Shopping

  • Don't buy food or household products in plastic or Styrofoam containers if there's an alternative (milk and egg cartons, vegetable oils, butter tubs, etc.) They can't be recycled and they don't break down in the environment.
  • Don't buy "disposable" anything. Paper plates and towels, Styrofoam cups, etc. are extravagant wastes of the world's resources.
  • If you must buy disposables, buy paper products rather than plastics or Styrofoam.
  • Check the energy rating on major appliances you buy.
  • Read labels and buy the least toxic product available (if absolutely necessary) for cleaning, pest control and other jobs.
  • Put your parcels into one big sack instead of collecting several small ones.
  • Don't buy things with excess packaging (individually wrapped cheese slices, apples on a paper tray wrapped with cellophane, etc.)
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions about products. Don't buy products that are hazardous to the environment or that were manufactured at the expense of important animal habitat.
  • Buy locally grown food and locally made products when possible.
  • Don't buy products that come from endangered animals.
  • Don't buy or keep "exotic pets".