Look at this picture of George Washington crossing the
Delaware River in 1776.
Notice the huge blocks of ice that must be pushed out of the
way for the boat to cross. A man who fell out of that boat
died quickly in the icy water.
In my lifetime, the Delaware River has not frozen this way
because in NJ and PA (that this river runs through) we now
have had winters like those in sunny FL (much farther South).
What Can You Do to Help: Reduce,
Reuse, Recycle, and Go Green
If everyone does their part, together we can help to stop global
warming from destroying our precious and irreplaceable environment.
Here is how...
What Can You Do to Help: Reduce
Consider the durability of a product before
you buy it. Less durable items often wear out quickly, creating waste,
and costing more money.
Use cloth bags to carry groceries to cut
out the need for plastic or paper shopping bags. Be sure to recycle
used plastic or paper bags.
When you can, buy products in concentrated,
bulk, multi-packs, and/or in refillable reduced packaging to reduce
To reduce bulk, use two-sided printing
and copying. Go from paper to online storage to save space. Print
drafts on the backs of waste paper.
Buy in Bulk:
When you buy in bulk, you save money and reduce
packaging waste. Look for items with packaging that can be reused or
What Can You Do to Help: Reuse
When buying products, check the labels to
determine if it is made from recycled materials and/or if it can be
recycled. Buying recycled products encourages manufacturers to make
even more recycled products.
When purchasing new items, especially
electronics, consider buying from companies with programs that includes
Before buying something new, look around at
what you have to see if it can be reused for a different purpose.
Reuse items around your house such as rags and
wipes, empty jars and mugs, party decorations, and gift wrap.
What Can You Do to Help: Recycle
Recycling items used daily like paper,
newspapers, beverage containers, batteries, etc really makes a difference.
Recycling big and bulky items is easier than
you think: just check with your local recycling facility to see what big
items they will accept (and even haul away for you!). For businesses,
there may be federal and/or state regulations on the disposal of electronics
and other office equipment.
Donate your unused non-perishable and unspoiled
perishable foods as well as your whole, untouched leftovers from parties
to local food banks, soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters.
Put leftovers in recyclable containers to enjoy
again. Be sure to use or give away your food while it is
fresh so that nothing goes to waste!
What Can You Do to Help: Go Green
When buying cleaning products, use safer, natural
alternatives to hazardous, harsh chemical products. Not only do green
cleaners work, they reduce toxic particles in your home and inside your lungs.
Energy Efficient Items:
When buying electronics, such as computers,
look for the ENERGY STAR® logo or items that are EPEAT-registered.
Before replacing your computer, consider enhancing
its capacity by installing a hard disk drive, chip, or memory-expansion
card. Such modifications can be made cost effectively and this helps
you to get more out of your equipment.
Return products to retailers or wholesalers
that recycle them, especially cars, car parts (like tires), and computer
items (like toner cartridges) that can be refurbished and have new life.
If you know of any other ways to help out
email me, and
I will add your suggestion to this page!