School is about 20 - 45 minutes away from my house, depending on traffic. My dad works at the school and my sister goes to the same school as well,l so it works really well for us. But we also carpool with two other girls. In the morning we have 5 people. Carpooling is an excellent way to lower your carbon footprint. It’s good for the environment and it also helps people save money on gas. If everyone in the United States (and other countries that emit high levels of carbon) carpooled with other people that they lived nearby, we could lower out carbon footprints a lot!
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Re-purposing items is a smart and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. According to carbonfund.org, re-purposing is a more efficient and helpful way to reduce the amount of carbon you use. In my own daily life, I reuse plastic bags from the grocery store for storage bags and small trash bags. I also reuse glass containers to make something like a vase to put flowers in. There are so many ways to re-purpose lightly used objects, and we should strive to use items that can be used again.
Looking at my carbon footprint I noticed how much of it was coming from my home. Thinking of all the energy I waste and all the trash I throw away at home, it didn’t surprise me that much. I found this website that gives awesome tips on how to reuse everyday things around the house.
They have lots of different ideas and a lot of it is probably stuff you have never heard of. For instance, one of the suggestions was to turn old light bulbs into candles by turning them upside down. I had never thought of doing this before! Another idea is to turn old picture frames into serving trays! In all there are 50 super creative ways to help do your part to save the planet!
I will definitely be trying out some of these cool ideas in my house!
So I, being one of the girliest girls to ever step foot on the planet, naturally have a tendency to go shopping…A LOT. But it turns out alright in the end because I recycle the bags I get when shopping or reuse them for other things. Here are some really easy ways to reuse these shopping bags (plastic):
1. Just recycle them
2. Use them as storage/organization solutions in my drawers
3. Use them told hold my other plastic bags
4. Use them to organize my things when sleeping over at friends’ houses or traveling. E.g. use them to separate shoes from clothes
5. Use the larger ones as garment protectors
Hopefully this is helpful to all my fellow “shopaholics” out there. :)
When my parents and I go grocery shopping we tend to get plastic bags. I’ve always felt a little bad when we do, but we keep most of them and reuse them. But I read an article that said paper bags are just as bad as plastic! Although people tend to recycle paper more then plastic, most paper grocery bags are made out of brand new paper! It makes me feel a little bit better about using plastic grocery knowing that.
Hi guys! I’m Hannah an I live in Texas! My class did a project to test our carbon footprint and try to reduce it. To my surprise my carbon footprint was much lower than the average. I think it had to do with the fact that my family hasn’t done much travel within the past year. But I do think I could lower it even more. I find that I have the tendency to take extremely long showers and leave my electronics plugged in even after they are fully charged. I’m going to start bringing a timer in the shower and limit them to a certain length. I also think that I can pay closer to the things I have plugged in and unplug them when they are fully charged.
Hey everyone! I’ve been reading everyone’s ideas on how to recycle and reuse different household items we use everyday, and y’all have some great ideas! I recycle soda cans, papers, and cardboard at home all the time. I also reuse plastic bags from the grocery store as smaller trash bags. I was surprised to read the previous post that plastic bags are better than paper ones! Everyone has always thought paper was the better choice over plastic, but now we know! I used to feel guilty about always getting plastic grocery bags instead of paper at the grocery store, but now I don’t feel so bad knowing now that plastic is actually better than paper. Thank you for sharing that!
Howdy everyone! Well I was reading some of the posts and I think most people think paper bags are better than plastic bags. I decided to research which one is really better for the environment. I found out, “If all the shoppers using plastic bags last year had used paper bags instead, they would have increased the amount of solid waste by over 100 million tons and taken up 7 times more space in landfills.” That really surprised me. I also found out that paper bags cost more, the shipping cost more, uses more diesel to transmit, and uses more air emission. So, next time you go to a grocery store you should probably pick plastic over paper.
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Hi, I’m Jean. I would say yes to recycle, but there are some things I wouldn’t reuse things. At home, we would reuse paper, like the backs of them. I sometimes reuse pens, like just buy the inks, some pens have them sold, Sheaffer does, I think Pilot and Zebra does. But I wouldn’t reuse plastic bottles. It has a bit of Bisphenol A, which affects our body’s natural hormonal messaging system and has links to uterine and breast cancer and heightens the chance of miscarriages.
Hi y’all and I’m from Texas. In my state, we have horrendous recycling statistics, only 1 in 3 people recycle. I don’t think it matters what we do with our plastic or paper when we are done with it. The real problem is we produce so many products that cannot be used again and again, using resources and polluting our world! Bottles with colored glass cannot be recycled, they almost always go into landfills. If Texas alone standardized the size and color of glass bottles, we could save 3 million tons of trash a year! We’re not there yet; every company is trying to be unique. Untill then though, check out this site: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/20-more-ways-to-reuse-old-pla provides some great tools to help us reduce our footprints in the long run.