Save Wood and Paper
- Return unwanted mail and ask for your name to be removed from the mailing list.
- Always use both sides of a sheet of paper.
- Use e-mail to stay in touch, including cards, rather than faxing or writing.
- Re-use envelopes.
- Always recycle paper after use.
- Share magazines with friends and pass them on to the doctor, dentist or local hospital for their waiting rooms.
- Use recyclable paper to make invitation cards, envelops, letter pads etc.
In your Home
- Turn off equipment like televisions and stereos when you’re not using them.
Choose energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
- Save water: some simple steps can go a long way in saving water like for e.g: you should always turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth. And try to collect the water used to wash vegetables and salad to water your houseplants.
- Let clothes dry naturally.
- Keep lids on pans when cooking to prevent your cooker having to work extra hard. Prefer to use gas ovens, Geysers etc in place of the electric ones.
- Recycle your paper, glass, plastics and other waste.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Send e-greetings instead of paper cards.
Reuse and Recycle
- Use washable nappies instead of disposables if you can.
- Recycle as much as you can.
- Give unwanted clothes, toys and books to charity shops or jumble sales.
- Use mains electricity rather than batteries if possible. If not, use rechargeable batteries.
- Use a solar-powered calculator instead of one with a battery.
- Instead of a plastic ballpoint, use a fountain pen with bottled ink, not plastic cartridges.
- Store food and other products in ceramic containers rather than foil and plastic wrap
- Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season to help reduce enormous transport costs resulting from importing produce and, where possible, choose locally produced food.
- When buying fish look out for a variety of non-endangered species and buy local fish if possible.
- Prefer vegetarian options for your meals.
- Go on holiday during the off-peak period to prevent over straining resources – you’ll also avoid the crowds.
- Find out about your destination before you go on holiday – it may be an environmentally sensitive area. Doing this will also ensure you are informed of what to see and any local customs.
- Find out about places before you visit. You may be visiting a environmentally sensitive area, in which case you must take extra care to stay on footpaths and follow signs.
- Don’t travel by air if you can avoid it because air travel uses up large amounts of fossil fuels and creates greenhouse gases.
- Avoid taking things on holiday that you will throw away.
- Dispose of any rubbish responsibly – it can be hazardous to wildlife.
- Ask your travel agent or tour operator what they are doing to be environmentally responsible.
- Use public transport, cycle or walk instead of using a car.
- Use facilities and trips run by local people whenever possible.
- Don’t be tempted to touch wildlife and disturb habitats whether on land, at the coast or under water.
- Be careful what you choose to bring home as a holiday souvenir. Many species from coral and conch shells to elephants and alligators are endangered because they are killed for curios or souvenirs.
- Don’t leave any rubbish at the beach – turtles are often killed by plastic bags they’ve mistaken for jellyfish and many items take years to degrade as well as being dangerous.
- Boats and jet-skis create noise and chemical pollution which is disturbing to wildlife – don’t keep the engine running unnecessarily.