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Discussions Discussion Environmental responsibility at home
Anna Fransson, Oct. 22, 2013

Worth thinking about if you want to do something for the environment:
Plant trees, buy eco products, eat vegetarian food, local produce, recycling, sorting, second hand, better infrastructure, public transport/car-sharing, energy-smart, save electricity and energy. Think in long terms!

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  • Ryan Plourde Ryan Plourde Oct. 23, 2013
    These are all good ideas! Also,even if you don't want to go completely vegetarian, it would help just to do certain days of the week without eating meat. Another thing you can do is to grow a home garden. There is a great Facebook page called grow food not lawns with tips. Overall it's important for everyone to be conscious of there actions and the effects they have on the environment. Whether you choose to ride your bike or simply recycle everyday, anything can help.
  • Aina Milovanovic Aina Milovanovic Oct. 23, 2013
    As you mention there is so much we can do to improve the environment, and if many people work together it will definitely help us increase our CO2 emission. It is so much easier to work together with for instance a friend, since then you can help each other getting motivated. I feel like it is very hard to change if I am the only one that actually want’s to do so, so we have to be together. We really have to go inside ourselves and find the power and will to do something about our life style, and it doesn't even need to be a dramatic change, as Ryan said everything can help. If enough people carpool to work and school this would make a big difference itself, and if everybody had recyclable bags this would save the world from millions of plastic bags every year. It is all the small measures that makes the big difference.
  • angelo westmacott angelo westmacott Oct. 24, 2013
    this is a great idea and a good place to start. if everyone works together then we can do this and have a big change in the world for the better. all of these are easy and quick changes that we can do that will make a very big change in the long run. recycling is a great thing that we can do that will help the world so much by just this little thing that we are doing. This is a group effort that we all can help improve on

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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Dan C-USA, Oct. 17, 2013

Everyone should do what they can to reuse and recycle everything that they can. Recycling is good for the environment; however, it still takes energy to recycle all that stuff and a portion of the plastic that we try to recycle cant be. The best thing to do is to reuse products. It not only saves us money but it’s also better for the environment. You can also create a compost pile which is a great way to reduce the use of packaging because you don’t buy fertilizer from a store and they give your uneaten food a second use. You can also reuse old torn up clothes that can’t be donated as cleaning cloths, then you don’t have to spend money buying towels that will you will end up getting disgusting and stained. You can also reuse clothes and make quilts, bags, blankets or even new clothes.

There are a lot of things that you can reuse and don’t even know. Before you recycle an item ask yourself if you can use it again for something else.
Here are over 600 crafts you can make with recycled items! http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/659-Recycled-Crafts-Crafting-with-Recyclable-Items

Dan C-USA
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  • Caroline F-USA Caroline F-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    You're right Dan, there are a lot of really cool things that you can make out of old stuff. Once, my cousin took old plastic grocery bags and weaved them into cool tote bags. If you make an effort, there are a lot of ways that you can save materials you would otherwise throw away and get new items out of them. Sometimes, making the things are really fun, and it's just a bonus that you are also helping the environment and lowering your carbon footprint. Just be creative!

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Discussions Discussion Wants or needs?
Sara K-United States, Oct. 16, 2013

After calculating my footprint there were many things i could do to reduce my footprint.So, i came up with some easy tips that could be really helpful and easy to follow.
- Turn off computers, TV, lights when not used.
-Walk or ride a bicycle for short trips.
-Recycle things at home.
-Donate or sell reusable items.
-Don’t leave the refrigerator door open.
-Take shorter showers.
-Only use the dishwasher with a full load.
-While going to the grocery bring your own bags.
These are some tips that i am going to try so I could lower my carbon footprint.

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  • Paige W- USA Paige W- USA Oct. 17, 2013
    I totally agree those are great ways to cut down. I also tend to leave lights on when i'm not using them, which i know is a bad habit. Not only would it help my carbon footprint but it would also help the electricity bill:). It was also a great idea to take shorter showers. I tend to stand around in the shower reading the shampoo and conditioner bottles over and over again and i know i could cut down on that considering iv'e read them an innumerable amount of times. A good idea for using your own grocery bags is to buy some at the store, they don't cost much at all. Then, leave them in your trunk of the car so that next time you go grocery store they are already with you. That way you will never forget them because they are in the car with you at all times. Hope i helped!!
  • Helga Leifsdóttir Helga Leifsdóttir Feb. 12, 2014
    That is a great way to cut down the increase on carbon. I'm going to take more walks and use the bicycle more when I go to school.
  • Helga Leifsdóttir Helga Leifsdóttir Feb. 12, 2014
    That is a great way to cut down the increase on carbon. I'm going to take more walks and use the bicycle more when I go to school.
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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Marisa R- usa, Oct. 15, 2013

Hey guys, did you know how many different things you can make out if a simple old t-shirt? Most of what you have can be recycled and reused. It’s your choice how. Here are some creative projects you might want to try. You can help reduce your carbon footprint so much just by reusing so why not make it pretty too?

http://www.pinterest.com/manillapins/creative-diy-projects-reuse-and-recycle-in-your-ho/
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  • Tyler Brown Tyler Brown Oct. 16, 2013
    Yes theres plenty of things you can do u can cut them up and use them for rags,bracelets,market totes,scarf, knotted headbands,knotted rugs,necklaces,no-sew vests,skirts with pockets,placemats,and t-shirt yarn. Theres probaly plaenty more but thats all i knew.
  • Kathryn A-USA Kathryn A-USA Oct. 17, 2013
    Wow! what a creative way to help reduce our footprints!

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Discussions Discussion treated waste could be “gold mine”
André S-TE11, Oct. 14, 2013

I read this article and was surprised that no one have thought of doing this on a larger scale until now. with the amount of electronic waste containing valuable metal being thrown away every year there’s a huge opportunity to expand the recycling market, helping saving the planet and creating jobs.

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/10/10/un-treated-waste-could-be-gold-mine/
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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Rachel P-US, Oct. 9, 2013

I highly commend Great Britain for starting to charge people for plastic bags. Some people say that plastic bags take 500 YEARS to break down. That means that our great-grandchildren could be dead, and the plastic bag from the take-out you ate yesterday night could still be around!

Great Britain is charging people five pence to use plastic bags. While that may not seem much, that will add up over time. When this program was implemented in Wales in 2011, the use of plastic bags dropped 75%

Imagine how great this program would be all over the world! This could make a huge difference in the trash that is left behind on this planet.

If you would like to learn more about the program in Great Britain, you can click on the links below.

http://phys.org/news/2013-09-5p-plastic-bags-england.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24088523

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Discussions Discussion Plastic - the Great or the Threat?
sydney nUSA, Oct. 9, 2013

Plastic has made our lives easier and safer, but it does have a huge effect on the environment. Plastics don’t start decomposing until decades or even centuries! Plastics can be used and reused for a long period of time, and is a big part of our carbon foot print. At school, we have water fountains where we can refill our water bottles, so we won’t have to use as much plastic. I usually bring a reusable cup form home to use at school. By reusing your bottle, you can reduce the amount of plastics used and your carbon footprint! According to http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=plastic-not-so-fantastic, chemicals added to plastics are absorbed by human bodies. Sometimes it could alter hormones or have potential human health effects. You must make sure that you recycle your plastics properly.

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adrian a-usa, Oct. 6, 2013

how I can help the environment

http://I was suprised to see how much i was making an impact in the environment that i live in here in the US based on my carbon footprint. So i was thinking that i can do something about it, maybe a
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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Erin A-United States, May 14, 2013

My belief is that, often, people are unaware of what exactly can and cannot be recycled. Because of this, people will throw away items that could easily be recycled, simply because they do not know they can. On the other hand, people will also recycle certain objects they believe can be recycled when, in reality, they cannot. While it’s good people are trying to recycle, putting unsuitable objects into the recycling ends up taking up people’s time and energy to re-separate these items. All of these issues could be remedied by posting more explicitly which objects can and cannot be recycled as well as educating people about what items can and cannot be recycled.

Erin A-United States
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  • Sophie N. - USA Sophie N. - USA May 14, 2013
    I concur, Ms. A. Education is the mother of progress.
  • Kelly Gilson Kelly Gilson May 14, 2013
    I totally agree. I often see people staring blankly at a recycling bin before placing something that is definitely recyclable in the trash. More education (by posting signs with the recycling bins) would really help.

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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Mikaela C-USA, Nov. 18, 2012

This is another YouTube video from the HappyDancingTurtle channel that contains a very simple explanation on how we can follow the steps of reducing, reusing and recycling. I tend to forget these three steps, and I am a big paper waster. I love to doodle, and I really like to use printer paper. If I mess it a drawing, I throw or recycle the paper. Sometimes I crumple a sheet if I made a small picture on both sides, and I go and get another piece of paper. I realize now that I waste the resources and money of others because of that. Now, I use both sides and only use printer paper when absolutely necessary. I learned how to reduce my consumption, and I reuse sheets of used paper when I want to doodle. After using all that paper, I recycle it when I want to get rid of it. It is amazing that small actions help me to reduce my carbon footprint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWxjFLDoIDA&feature=related
Mikaela C-USA
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  • rachel p-USA rachel p-USA Nov. 25, 2012
    this is a great video if, especially to share with younger kids, to sumarize recycling. Short, sweet, but gets the point across! I too try to follow these three steps in my daily life as well!!

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