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 Green Team Eco-tips

( Mar 1) – Fast from single use plastics.  Avoid using single use, disposable plastics such as water bottles, grocery bags, straws and packaging.  A plastic bag takes 10-20 years to break down.  Plastic bottles never totally disappear.  They just break down into smaller particles that end up in our soils, air and waters.  Use alternatives such as refillable beverage containers, compostable baggies, reusable containers for leftovers and sack lunches.  Recycle your plastic bags and plastic film wrapping in barrels at local grocery stores.  Support efforts to ban the use of single use plastics.

(Mar 8) – Try some meat-free meals.  The production of meat contributes to greenhouse emissions by using more land, energy, chemicals and water than the growing of grains, vegetables and fruits. Enjoy plant based foods purchased from local sources. For the times you do eat meat, choose those that are sustainably and organically raised.  There ae many appetizing meatless meal ideas on the internet.

(Mar 15) – Plant a tree.  Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.  Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are key ingredients in 25% of all medicines.  If the time isn’t right to plant a tree in your own backyard, consider making a donation to plant trees in areas needing restoration.  Go to websites like www.one.treeplanted.org  or www.shoparborday.org.

(Mar 22) –Walk, or bike. Drive less! One third of all traffic is commuters.  You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive.  If you drive 20 miles less each week in Lent you will have fasted from 120 pounds of carbon emissions.  You’ll save on gas costs and enjoy watching nature show its magnificence around you as you exercise.

(Mar 29) – Recycle and Reuse. Choose reusable options for disposable items – cloth napkins, reusable water bottles, cloths for cleaning, washable plates and utensils, non-disposable straws, lunch packed in reusable containers. Donate unused clothing, toys, books, household items to others who might need them. Start gathering old, non-functioning electronics and plan to bring them to the First Plymouth E-waste recycling event which hopefully will be rescheduled in the fall.