Back to school: Green supplies

If your kids are on their way back to school, help make the endeavor as green as possible. Buy notebooks and paper supplies made from recycled paper, refillable pens and water- based paints. Go to www.ecomall.com for recommendations on what to buy and what to avoid.

Secure the gas cap after refueling

Gasoline vapors are harmful to both you and the environment. They are toxic to breathe and contribute to ozone formation in the atmosphere. According to the EPA, you should secure the gas cap after refueling and avoid refueling on “ozone action days”, and if that isn’t possible, do so early in the morning or late in the evening.

Use recycled & rechargeable batteries

Use recycled & rechargeable batteries – disposable ones contain toxic chemicals. And, manufacturing them can take as much as 50 times the energy as the batteries produce!

Recycle aluminum cans

Don’t throw those aluminum soda or beer cans in the trash. Recycling aluminum cans significantly reduces energy consumption – 92% of the energy needed to produce new cans can come from recycling old ones. Aluminum is a special material that can be recycled over and over again. Used cans can be recycled into new cans in just 60 days!

Install a mulching blade on your mower

Instead of sending all those grass clipping to your local landfill, install a mulching blade on your mower (or ask your yard service to do so) and leave the clippings on the lawn. As they decompose, they add valuable organic matter to the soil. And, contrary to popular belief, it won’t cause a buildup of thatch – thatch is primarily caused by over fertilizing.