Step 4: Miscellaneous

The previous are the two main categories but there are also things that don't really fit into those categories. Here are some of them.

-Use a reusable lunch bag to reduce waste from paper bags

-Use a "pause" shower head and pause while you are soaping up to save unneeded water

-Take shorter showers

-Gollect rain for free (and green) water

-Use reusable canvas or fabric shopping bags

-Wash laundry in bigger loads to use less water

-Compost to save food from the landfill and get free mulch

-Donate your old clothes, don't waste them

-Buy organic, local food, it is better for the environment, it supports your local farmers, and
saves emissions on transport

-Buy green products because, well, they're green!

-Use eco-jewelery, and things that you can make yourself, like hemp

-Recycle batteries rather than throwing them out

-Get a green computer that uses less energy (like from this contest!)

-Set your computer to go to sleep so that it is not using energy while idle

-Set your dishwasher on energy saver and turn of the "pre-rinse" which isn't needed as long
as there is nothing big still stuck on things

-Buy stuff used, at garage sales, freecycle, Craig's List, etc.

-Save paper. Don't print things unless you must, or will use it more than one time. Try to keep
things on the computer

- Recycle

-And last but not least... make stuff from Instructibles to reuse items and recycle by yourself
Xatix4 years ago
Some of the points made in this instructable are good; but others, such as buying a hybrid and using solar panels, are not, in reality, a very effective way of cutting down of energy usage and carbon emissions as the manufacturing of these large objects is huge and overall the benefits from having them aren't as large as you may think. The main areas to target need to be those that use the greatest amounts of energy/resources. the largest users are transport, manufacturing and heating. A simple way of saving both money and the environment is to turn your heating down, and wear another jumper, cycle or walk instead of drive wherever possible and try and re-use things before recycling them as however good recycling is, it still uses a fair amount of energy.
Jacob has a good point about eating less meat, as it is a lot worse for the environment, plus it's healthier.
Anyway, thanks for posting the instructable and I hope you find this criticism constructive.
JacobAziza6 years ago
A couple of small things for the misc list: -Dry clothes on a line instead of the dryer. -Use rechargeable batteries. -Turn your computer off when you are not using them and set it to go to stand-by mode on its own after a few minutes in case you forget.
JacobAziza6 years ago
Excellent, but, you forgot one really major one: Eat less meat. The production of meat takes up to 10 times as much water, land, energy, and pollution, as the same amount of calories from plant sources. On average, most American's total impact on the environment from driving a car and diet are close to equal. You don't have to go vegan right away. Just cutting back helps.