Green Tips

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
  • Recycle more: www.earth911.org
  • Choose reusable products instead of disposable items
  • Choose items made from recycled materials
  • Reduce junk mail! Get off the lists at www.mass.gov/consumer
  • Reuse bags, containers, envelopes & packaging -- be creative!
  • Compost! Recycle leaves, grass, food scraps and paper towels into great soil for your garden!
  • Reduce your use of paper -- e-mail, text messages, or visit your friends & family
  • Donate your old clothes, computers, toys and other items to charities or have a yard sale

Save Energy at Home
  • Ride your bike or walk to school
  • Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Turn off the lights (and TV) when you leave the room
  • Wear a sweater instead of turning up the heat
  • Read a book instead of watching TV or chatting on-line!
  • Open a window for cool air instead of the air conditioner
  • Help your family choose Energy Star® appliances for your home
  • Turn off your computer when you’re at school or when you go to bed
  • Unplug your cellphone charger when you’re not using it

Save Water
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth
  • If you take a bath, fill it half-way with bubbles to use less water!
  • Take shorter showers, but sing loud
  • Use low-flow toilets and faucet aerators, and water efficient shower heads.
  • Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when full, or set the right water level for your load
  • Make sure leaky pipes get fixed!
  • Don’t flush the toilet needlessly
What About Fuel?
  • Walk or ride your bike to school at least one day a week, and to visit your friends and have fun
  • Help your family choose a fuel-efficient car
  • Do all your errands in one trip to save gas
  • Spend a day without driving!
  • Help mow the grass with a reel lawn mower, not a power mower
  • Shop on-line instead of going to the mall!

Shopping Green
  • Choose clothing and items made from organic (or recycled) materials, that can be reused
  • Shop local: food, products and clothing
  • Organic food: tastes good - good for you!
  • Take your own reusable shopping bags, not paper or plastic

Send us your Green Tips: greentips@greendecade.org