- Don’t use the dishwasher until it is completely full.
- Say no to plastic and paper bags—use bags made of cloth or biodegradable plant-based materials.
- Compost your leftover food. You can use the compost to fertilize your garden.
- Purchase energy efficient appliances; look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing a new refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher.
- Avoid paper and plastic throwaway plates, utensils, and glasses.
- Microwave ovens reduce energy by two-thirds compared to conventional ovens. Crock pots and pressure cookers are also efficient.
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- Buy locally produced goods whenever possible.
- Opt for organic options if they are available.
- Look for Rainforest Alliance-certified products when shopping for packaged goods.
- Reduce your consumption of animal products, including meat and dairy, as they create more pollution than all other sources.
- If buying animal products, do not buy items produced on factory farms.
- Search for sustainably produced food.
- Encourage your favorite restaurants to buy local, organic, and sustainably produced ingredients.