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Simple ways to reduce your family carbon-footprint

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1. Plan your meals

Planning meals ahead of time not only helps you save money on groceries, but it will prevent leftovers from going bad. Plan for a week or for as far out as a month.

2. Shower less frequently

Don’t wrinkle your nose. Often, people shower (or bathe their kids) every day whether they need to or not. Before hopping in out of habit, think about whether it’s really necessary.

3. Wear clothes more than once

This goes along with the showering thing. Just like your jeans see days of wear before they hit the washer. (When they’re clean of course.) Wash clothes only when they’re dirty to lower water and electricity usage.

4. Hang your clothes to dry

Try to avoid drying clothes in the dryer, rather hang them in balcony or veranda, it helps reduce electricity consumption and save you money. And it also helps clothes last longer.

5. Bring home less waste

Avoid food and other products with lots of packaging. Buying in bulk helps a lot since you won’t have individually wrapped things coming into your home (It’s great for your budget, too!) If eating out, take along a reusable container for leftovers so you don’t have to bring home a wasteful container from the restaurant.

6. Grow your own veggies

Many veggies are shipped long distances, using lots of fuel just to get to your grocery store. Start a simple garden to reduce dependency on grocery-store produce.

7. Make a windowsill herb garden

Most of the herbs for sale in our area come packaged in plastic boxes. Grow some of your favorite herbs in a sunny windowsill so you can add flavor to your food without extra waste.

8. Give it away to Recycler/s

You know how when you’re done de-cluttering, you have a ton of stuff lying around your house that you need to get rid of? Rather than throwing it away (some people do that!), give it away to recycler/s to spare a landfill and make some money from your excess stuff.

9. Use your car less

Make an effort to stay at home more and drive less. Walk, bike or use public transit if possible to reduce your contribution to air pollution.

10. Invest in reusable bags

Or make them from scrap fabric. Countless plastic bags end up in landfills each year and don’t need to be there. Either buy or make bags in different sizes and take them with you to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Make small ones to use with bulk bins and produce. (Find shopping bags online here or produce bags online here.)

Smart-way to keep our environment clean and green, use of re-usable bags while grocery shopping.

Grocery Bag

Keep the environment neat and clean is the hot topic that is under consideration today. The world is trying to take necessary measures to keep the environment friendly. The UN started a United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) for the whole world as there are a lot of problems being faced. Member countries are conducting conferences and meetings to create awareness in public. UNEP was observed first time in 1972 and 5th June is celebrated as the World Environment Day. Mongolia is going to host this event in the year 2013.There are so many challenges associated with these problems and member countries are trying to manage these challenges. Global warming, unavailability of clean water, diseases caused by pollution and noise are some of them.. They have taken bold steps to keep the environment friendly even that resulted in a high cost to the stakeholders. The most amazing thing is that people are also taking interest in these activities and are well aware about the importance of keeping the environment neat and clean.

Plastic shopping bags have been the most notorious product in the last few years. Environment conscious analyses are available which shows these bags as the basic cause of numerous problems. These are responsible for choking sewer, open drain system, spoiling sanitation and creating an overall unenthusiastic view of the environment. A decision was made to burn these plastic bags but this step causes damage to the environment. They produce dioxins and furans in the process of burning which is excessively and extensively inhaled by human beings. Dioxins and furans are the root causes of different problems just because of their high toxicity. International environment standards recommend these two elements should be absent from the air. Polythene is the raw-material which is non-degradable in nature, the plastic bags continue to be present in the environment and delivers their undesirable effects for a very long period. They are mostly visible in the urban areas due to their excessive use in cities.

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Effective research and development resulted in a solution to this issue with the help of reusable grocery bags. Government institutes and enterprises are encouraging the use of these bags. Leading departmental stores have stopped providing traditional plastic bags. There are a large number of grocery bags, produced in different styles, sizes and stuffs. Users can take these bags for a long time and helpful for carrying heavy items as well. Users can fold these bags without occupying additional space. These are marked as environment friendly. This is the responsibility of government, NGOs and enterprises  to promote them in true spirit. It is a smart way to keep our environment clean and green.