I'm watching the Earth Day episode of Oprah (4/22/08 ) and that inspired me to visit her site, where I found this list of easy steps people can take to be more green. Take it or leave it, it's here if you want it.
Make saving our planet a part of your daily life with easy changes. Start today with help from these resources.
The average person is responsible for emitting 94 pounds of carbon dioxide every day. It takes four trees, which act as natural air filters, to offset the carbon dioxide each person generates in a month. For each dollar donated, American Forests plants a tree. For more information and to plant trees, visit American Forests.
Find information about environmental services and events in your community, visit www.earth911 . org.
Lynn Romanek from Glencoe, Illinois, has organized parents at her childrens' school to turn off their cars instead of idling in the parking lot. Idling 10 minutes less per day can keep 550 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air every year. For more information visit Home.
A group that reduces junk mail and plants trees. For more information or to sign up, visit GreenDimes: Stop Junk Mail. Save Trees and Help the Environment.
For ideas on green living, visit TreeHugger.
Simran Sethi hosts The Green on the Sundance Channel. Visit Sundance Channel : The Green for more information.
The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen
Simple things you can do to save the planet. Find more at the green book.
Shopping and Cleaning
Bringing your own bag when shopping saves plastic bags. Visit http:/www.ecobags.com .
Method offers some cleaners that are dye- and perfume-free, nontoxic, biodegradable, naturally derived and never tested on animals. For more information, visit method : home.
Mrs. Meyers cleaning supplies
All of their cleaning supplies are made with natural essential oils, are biodegradable and phosphate-free. For more, visit Mrs Meyers Clean Day Home | Mrs Meyers Clean Day.
Seventh Generation products
Seventh Generation is one of the leading brands of nontoxic household products. For more information, visit Green Cleaning Products - Diapers - Laundry Detergent - Non-toxic Cleaners.
This company has been producing natural cleaning products - everything from dryer sheets to stain removers - for 50 years. Call 800-670-6251 or visit www.shaklee.com to save 33 percent on the Shaklee Healthy Home pack and 15 percent off all other items at Shaklee.
BITS Ltd. smart power strips
Even after turning off a computer, power continues to flow to computer peripherals like printers and scanners. This power strip ($32.99) stops the energy from being wasted. For more information visit BITS Ltd Home.
Carbonfund.org and Terrapass
If your local utility company doesn't offer green power, you can reduce the environmental impact by purchasing offsets. In this system, you give money to companies like Carbonfund.org or Terrapass, which use it to develop renewable energy sources. For more on purchasing power offsets, visit Carbonfund.org | Offset your emissions, fight global warming or TerraPass | Fight Global Warming - Reduce your Carbon Footprint & Promote Clean Energy.
Duke Energy provided energy efficiency starter kits for audience members. The kits are available to their customers in Indiana and Kentucky who qualify for in-home energy audits. For additional information visit Duke Energy Corporation. Check with your local energy company for similar ways to save energy.
GE Energy Smart lightbulbs
GE Energy Smart bulbs use 70 to 75 percent less energy than incandescent lightbulbs and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. For example, by using a 26-watt compact fluorescent lightbulb - equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent lightbulb - users can save up to $59 on energy costs over the life of the bulb. Saving energy saves money and is better for the environment.
Nalgene water bottles
These water bottles are durable, inexpensive, can be used repeatedly and are widely recyclable. For more information visit Welcome to NALGENE Outdoor!.
New Wave Enviro Products
Corn-resin bottle with filter ($8.99) provides pure, clean drinking water and can be reused up to 90 times, and the bottle biodegrades in just 80 days. For more information visit Welcome to New Wave Enviro Products or call 800-592-8371.
SIGG water bottles
Using a premium reusable bottle like SIGG greatly helps reduce unnecessary environmental waste caused by plastic PET water bottles. Get more information at mysigg.com.