Get involved! Get informed about upcoming programs, contact us and learn about environmental matters. Attend local public meetings, write letters to the local newspapers or contact your representatives. Be a good neighbor by educating people in your community on ways they can protect the environment in their day-to-day life. Believe you can make a difference! If you need some inspiration please watch this video that Fred McEwee (one of HBW environmental club members) sent us:
Over 90% of all products shipped inside the United States are shipped in cardboard boxes. Cardboard is made from pulp and pulp is made from trees. And when recycled corrugated is used the manufacturing emissions are reduced by half. That's reason enough, don't you agree?
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Paint thinners and solvents, pesticides, herbicides , rechargeable batteries and fluorescent light bulbs are some of the many household products containing hazardous components. NJ law prohibits improper disposal of any amount of “household hazardous waste” (HHW).
The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of HHW and Verona residents can conveniently dispose of their HHW for free at the Essex County Collection Program in Cedar Grove.
Have a healthy yard without the use of dangerous chemicals. Scientific studies associate exposure to pesticides with asthma, cancer, birth defects, developmental, learning disabilities and other ailments. Lawn chemicals can also poison animals and pollute local streams, lakes and drinking water sources.
It is easy to manage a landscape without harmful chemicals. For example, to prevent weeds and crabgrass from sprouting, apply natural corn gluten. For weeds that already have come up, a clove oil-based product could be used. Local garden centers are fully stocked with effective and safe organic lawn products, visit them or request your lawn care professional to keep your family safe with the latest organic and natural lawn technology.
Perhaps the best way to lengthen the time between fill-ups at the pump is simply to drive less. Warm summer weather brings more opportunities for walking and biking. Use mass transportation or tour buses to get around the cities you visit and consider car pooling.
New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection publishes a “Clean Vehicle List” on its web site to help car buyers make informed decisions. For more visit the US EPA web site . A list of ways to enjoy a more sustainable life, at home and in the community is available on ANJEC
Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) have been thorns in the sides of home
owners for quite a while. Nearly 75% of them are leaking; and cleanup costs
can climb very quickly often leaving the unsuspecting home owner with bills
in excess of $10,000. The last thing you need is an unscrupulous
contractor! The following points are offered to help you make a sound
decision when it comes to getting your tank removed:
Halloween doesn't have to be scary for the environment. Here are some green tips for a terrific Halloween:
Trick or Treat with Reusable Bags, cloth or canvas shopping bags make great eco-friendly alternatives to paper or plastic bags, or to the molded plastic jack-o-lanterns. Reuse costumes or make your own from items you already have. Choose eco-friendly candy made with organic or natural ingredients and useful treats that use little or no packaging. Walk instead of driving. Use recycled and recyclable materials to create your Halloween decorations. And once Halloween is over, add your jack-o-lanterns to your compost bin or start one!
Here are some Eco-friendly ideas to put in practice during the festivities:
On February 14th have an eco-friendly Valentine's Day by making or choosing useful, thoughtful, and sustainable gifts. Here are some green ideas:
There is a lot you can do to live a more Eco-friendly life, start today!
1-Which uses less water, washing a full load of dishes by hand or in the dishwasher?
A dishwasher can save up to 5,000 gallons of water per year compared to hand washing. Look for current models with Energy Star rating and use phosphate-free detergent brands. Also, skip “heat-dry” or “rinse-hold” settings.
2-What supermarket bag is “greener”, paper or plastic?
Neither, bring your own reusable canvas bags instead.
3-Are my appliances using energy while turned off?
Yes, many appliances still use energy when they are turned off. According to the Department of Energy $750 million are wasted each year in the U.S.A. by televisions turned off but still plugged.
4-Are books more Eco-friendly than E-readers?
No, once you read 23 books the environmental impact is the same as a Kindle. Downloading a new book is “greener” than driving to a book store or having it shipped to you. Or walk to the local library instead!
5-What light bulb is more efficient, CFL or LED bulbs?
CFL are up to five times more efficient than incandescents, but contain mercury which is illegal to trash and hard to recycle. In the other hand, LEDs last up to three times longer than CFLs and they are mercury-free. Remember to choose motion sensing LEDs models for outdoor light fixtures.
6-Car wash or DIY, what uses more water?
About 100 gallons are used for a 10 minutes car wash at home while only 45 gallons total are used for a mechanical pro car wash. Car washes must follow wastewater regulations while at home the motor oil, gasoline and other chemicals can run off into the waterways.
7-How much of global electricity output is produced from renewable sources?
Only about 8%, the remaining 92% still comes from non-renewable sources such as natural gas, coal and oil.
8-Does fast driving saves you fuel in long trips?
No, the EPA estimates that you will save about 15% on fuel driving at 55 miles per hour rather than at 65 miles per hour.
9-What is the greener way for storing leftovers, plastic wrap or aluminum foil?
Neither. While foil can be washed, reused, and even recycled, plastic wrap is made from fossil fuels and usually thrown away. However aluminum has a heavy manufacturing footprint. It takes a whole lot of energy to mine bauxite ore from the earth and then process it. Choose reusable food containers instead.
10-How much can I save by dropping the thermostat from 70 to 68°F?
Each degree you drop the thermostat during winter saves you about 5% on your heating bill.