Studies show that organic produce actually tastes better, but there are other reasons for it as well. If all Americans would buy just 10% organic foods, 98 million daily servings of drinking water would be free of pesticides, 20 million daily servings of milk would be produced without antibiotics and growth hormones, 53 million servings of fruits and vegetables would be free of synthetic pesticide resides (that’s enough for 10 million kids to get their five-a-day) and it would eliminate the need for almost 3 billion barrels of imported oil annually (that’s equal to 406,000 Olympic swimming pools). Start by buying even just 2% organic and work your way up from there.

Choose Organics
Studies show that organic produce actually tastes better, but there are other reasons for it as well. If all Americans would buy just 10% organic foods, 98 million daily servings of drinking water would be free of pesticides, 20 million daily servings of milk would be produced without antibiotics and growth hormones, 53 million servings of fruits and vegetables would be free of synthetic pesticide resides (that’s enough for 10 million kids to get their five-a-day) and it would eliminate the need for almost 3 billion barrels of imported oil annually (that’s equal to 406,000 Olympic swimming pools).

Start by buying even just 2% organic and work your way up from there.

Eat Locally
Here’s some food for thought – the average American meal travels about 1500 miles to get to your plate. That means when you sit down to a dinner of chicken, potatoes and peas, those are foods with a passport. And all of that travel – by boat, truck or plane – means a lot of wasted petroleum, freshness and nutrients. To cut back, look for foods grown locally at your grocery store or farmers’ market.
No More Paper or Plastic
Any time you hit the grocery store, meat market, even mall, take your own reusable shopping bag. Paper bags require a lot of energy to create and plastic bags are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, and they aren’t going anywhere. Considering that Americans use close to 85 billion a year, think about how many are just sitting in our dumps.
Avoid the Phantom Draw
This is an easy one. You can reduce your consumption of electrical energy by simply unplugging electronics when they’re not in use. Phone chargers draw energy all day long when they’re left plugged into the wall, and electronics can use 40% of their regular running energy when plugged in on standby.
Embrace the Green Triangle
Americans generate 13 million tons of glass waste each year and enough aluminum to rebuild an entire commercial airline fleet every three months. Get in the habit of recycling your glass, plastics, aluminum and paper. Most curbside recycling programs collect these and there are accessible drop locations for them in nearly every city.
Conserve Water, So It’s Not H2O-No
Here’s permission to skip the pre-rinse when loading your dishwasher. It can waste 20 gallons per load and according to Consumer Reports, it doesn’t help. And given that the typical American household uses 350 gallons of water a day, every little bit helps. Take quick showers, fix leaky faucets and shut off the water while you brush your teeth. That alone can save almost 2000 gallons a year.
Reach for the Stars
Energy Star appliances use less energy, save you money and help protect the environment. Available products range from programmable thermostats to cordless phones. To give an example, Energy Star washing machines use 50% less energy and could reduce your utility bills by over $100 a year.
Turn the Heat Down
Turning down your thermostat one degree in the winter, and up a degree in the summer could save you 3% in home energy costs. And when you’re expecting a crowd, turn it down even further. Each person is like having a 100-watt heater on board.
Green Your Ride
Even if you’re not ready to buy a hybrid, there are ways you can conserve fuel. Keep your tire pressure at the recommended level for greater fuel efficiency. Keep the AC on low, running it on high decreases your car’s fuel efficiency up to 25%. Check your air filter, because a clean one can make your car 10% more fuel efficient. And drive a little less. Cars release about a pound of CO2 for every mile driven, so avoid driving 20 miles a week and you’ll spare the environment 1000 pounds of CO2 emissions in a year.

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