From the patrons of Hopewell Public Library and from other select resourses, this is a compilation of Green Ideas that we hope you'll pledge to try and change in your life. We encourage you to sign they "Pledge to Change" simply by commenting on this blog; forward the link to your family and friends so they can make the committment too!
Ideas from HPL Patrons
*Recycle lpaper and plastic, use compact florescent bulbs, drive a compact car with good gas milage, lower thermostat in winter, raise in summer. Judy Livingston
*Compost leaves and fruit and vegetable waste, support open space and other environmental organizations. Betty and David McGrail
*Compost yard waste for soil. Sylvia Koeses
*Drive a hybrid, keep heat tured down, well insulate your home. Doug Lansing
*Don't overbuy consumer goods. Alicia
*Recycle paper. Victoria
*Don't overfish. Jimmy
*Recycle, buy organic food, and SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT! Katie Leigh Cirianni-Jones
*Buy dry good in bulk, bring reusable containers from home to the store. Rachel Mackow
*Change light bulbs, timers and photo cells on outside lights, solar outdoor lights, rechargable batteries, recycle. Ken Perrin
*Wash laundry in cold water, use cloth napkins, do not run water while brushing teeth. Elaine Lesnever
*Using a bow saw I cut wood for the fireplace. Patricia Reilly
*Turn off lights. Ruby
*When warming up the shower/sink, collect the water in bottles and use to water your plants or to pre-rinse dishes. Alyse Greenberg
*Walk instead of driving. The Poole Family
*Take plastics of of paper envelopes and tissue boxes before recycling. Katrin Bernewitz
*Do not use paper towels, reuse boxes and wrapping paper. Recycle. Elaine Lesnever
*Recycle everything, reuse bags, use cloth napkins, take re-useable bags to the grocery store, buy organic and local. Turn off lights, hang clothes to dry; aids to moisture in the home during dry winter months, hang outdoors in the warmer weather-clothes smell great and energy/CO2 emission savings! Close curtains in the evening to keep heat in and open on sunny days to boost the warmth in the winter. Don't use chemicals on our lawn.
*lawn and mowing by planting native shrubs with edible fruits-maybe the birds and foxes will leave me some! Rachel Mackow
*We walk when we can. Elena Bernewitz
*Plant flowers and trees, conserve energy. Deb Stuhler
*Eliminate/Stop Junk Mail. Arnold Lesnever
*I never throw my garbage on the floor. Ethan Anderson
*Put solar panels on your roof. Linda Wood
*Turn your lights out when your not in the room. Hannah Lugat
*Shop second hand, it's fun and saves money too. Hopewell has great rummage sales. Linda Wood.
*Use foorescent bulbs and recycle. Charlie McMahon
*Compost. Emma Kruger
*Never buy stuff like paper, too much. Emma Waltman
*Pick up trash on the side of the road. Gianni Vecchiarelli
*Recycle Paper. Victoria
*Use both sides of paper. Ruby
*I recycle and reuse whenvery possible. Kelly
*Recycle, use green cleaning products, be a part of green ecologically sound office buildings. Martha
*Divert part of your electric usage from PSE&G to "green" electric products such as wind and small hydro companies (Green Mountain Co.) Saves lots of CO2 from going into the air! Barbara and Phillip Orr
*take cover off greeting cards and use it to make your days' list of things to do. Post cards too!
They are pretty and you won't easily loose you list.
*I use less water and have a garden.
*Turn off my lights. Michaela P.
*We water our plants, recycle, pick-up trash, Clean up the D&R Canal, research hybrid cars. The Anzano Family
*Turn off lights when not needed. Liam
*I help by not littering. Melee
*Not throwing trash on the ground. Maia
*Say something or lead by example, be obvious in the choices your making. i.e. take your own cup to the local coffee shop.
*Go to http://www.earthday.net/
Here's some interesting information...
This is how long it takes garbage to break down:
plastics take 500 years
aluminum cans take 500 years
organic materials take 6 months
cotton, rags, and paper take 6 months