You don’t have to be a superhero to save the planet, you just have to make a few adjustments to your daily routine. Here are some easy ones, courtesy of the researchers at Condé Nast Publications.
- First: Shop online. By some estimates, every minute spent driving to a store uses 10 times the energy than doing that same shopping on the web. And since you can buy just about everything online anymore, all you need to know how to do is click!
- Next: Order the good kind of fish. During the past decade, the global demand for fish has led to more than 70% of the world’s species being depleted! So, which types do you want to eat? Pacific halibut, Alaskan salmon and mahi-mahi. They haven’t been over-fished. You can go to Seafood Watch dot org to download a handy pocket guide.
- Another tip to help save the planet: Fix that broken thing. Next time your camera, TV or iPod quits on you, consider repairing it instead of tossing it. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates as much as 40% of the lead in landfills comes from old electronics.
- And finally: Just say NO to plastic and paper bags. Plastic never decomposes and it hogs landfills. In fact, there are so many bags littering the South African countryside that they’re jokingly called “The national flower.” And although paper might seem like a better choice, it actually uses MORE resources to produce. Your solution? Take a tote bag with you when you hit the grocery store.