A cleaner world. We all want it. But how do you make a difference? A real difference for not only our own generation but those who will follow. It starts with understanding the four main ways our day-to-day living is making the world dirty. And then taking some simple steps to help make things clean again.
1 PROTECT WATERIt is important for us to protect our waterways from contamination. Common household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that end up going down the drain.
In the U.S., 500,000 tons of pollutants pour into lakes and rivers daily and many chemicals are not removed even after passing through water treatment facilities.
Use cleaning products without chlorine, phosphates and other harsh chemicals to help reduce the amount of pollutants that enter our waterways.
2 SAVE ENERGY
Most countries are experiencing significant energy demand growth, which puts pressure on the resources used to generate that energy. There are easy things we can do to help conserve the energy we would otherwise waste each day.
45% of your home energy costs come from space heating.
Program or manually turn down your thermostat by two degrees in the winter and turn it up two degrees in the summer to cut back on energy costs.
3 IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
According to the EPA, vehicle emissions and other toxic air pollutants that are found in some home cleaning products can contribute to health risks such as damage to the immune system and respiratory health problems.
Vehicle exhaust alone contributes about 60% of all air pollution emissions nationwide and up to 95% in cities.
Use mass transit, ride your bike, or carpool wherever possible to help reduce the amount of exhaust in your area.
4 REDUCE WASTE
Every year, the U.S. generates approximately 230 million tons of garbage. Less than one quarter of garbage is recycled. Recycling keeps unnecessary garbage out of landfills and conserves Earth’s previous natural resources.
In the U.S., each person generates about 4.6 pounds of garbage
Recycle old newspapers, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic containers to help reduce the amount of trash.