The choices you make every day either help or harm the environment. When you make sustainable choices, you directly help the planet. What are you doing in your daily life to be more sustainable? You might be a sustainability ninja if you:
1. Turn off the tap water when you brush your teeth. Through this simple practice, you can save 200 gallons of water a month.
2. Ride your bike or walk to places nearby. Motor vehicles produce more than 30 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions each year.
3. Eat vegetarian meals. If everyone in the United States skipped eating meat just one day a week, it would save as much energy as taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
4. Use a reusable water bottle. Each year, two million tons of oil-derived plastics from bottled water end up in U.S. landfills.
5. Donate your old clothes to thrift stores, and buy used clothing. Millions of tons of water are used by the textile industry each year. Donating and buying used clothing items helps to reduce this waste.
6. Receive electronic statements instead of paper ones and pay your bills online. Switching to online billing can save six pounds of paper a year.
7. Buy local fruit and veggies. Produce sold in U.S. supermarkets travels an average of 1,500 miles.
8. Unplug your gadgets when they are not in use. Electronic items continue to waste energy, even when they are turned off.
9. Wash your clothes in cold water. Almost 90 percent of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes toward heating water.
10. Read the Ecotech Institute blog to learn more about renewable energy and sustainability.
Anyone can be a sustainability ninja. Share this list with your friends, so they can learn about ways to reduce their environmental footprint and live more sustainability.