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"Green Day seminar's best eco-friendly tips," by Jaymin Proulx. Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

"Green Day seminar's best eco-friendly tips," by Jaymin Proulx. Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

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Museum London played host to Green Day this past Sunday and creatively displaye d some eco-friendly

tips on dealing with waste in the Forest City. There was plenty of helpful advice for those who struggle to better their ecolog ical footprint. For starters, buy a coffee mug, use rechargeable batteries and b uy a battery charger. You can also buy cloth bags and lug them to your closest g rocery store to stock up on staples. A vegan/vegetarian diet is environmental and healthy, but there is a solution fo r meat-eaters; meat products, fats and dairy can also be used for composting. Fruit and vegetable peelings, kitchen scraps and coffee grinds can be used, once composted, to make excellent ground soil for your garden. For those with a green thumb, gardening has ecological benefits. Native plants s ave energy because they thrive in our local climate and they donâ t require fertilize r or pesticides. Decreased demand for pesticides and fertilizers will lower ener gy requirements associated with the manufacturing and transport of these product s. Native plants also use less water and are resilient to local weather conditio ns. Green Day participants discovered that London, in comparison to 14 other municip alities, ranked ninth in terms of whose residents recycle more per household. In 2006, Londonâ s 155,000 households sent about 93,000 tonnes of garbage to landfills (thatâ s equal to a football field piled 16 metres high). We each have the power to make some small changes at home that will have an impa ct on the earthâ s sustainability. Some advice included using fluorescent light bulbs , a low-flow showerhead during showers and a programmable thermostat to reduce h eating and air conditioning bills. Other tips included using a clothesline for y our laundry and washing your clothes in cold water. Lastly, water bottles are the biggest offender among university students. Single -use drinking bottles (as opposed to plastic reusable ones) are convenient, but are not necessarily recycled. The water they contain has not been tested to the same standard as municipal drinking water systems and the cost of bottled water is substantially greater than the cost of municipal drinking water. The solution : invest in a water filter and buy your own water bottle.

Buying organic food is the next step; visiting local farmerâ s markets is a better wa y to buy your produce. â Food Milesâ is the distance that food travels from the place wh re it was growing to the place where the consumer purchased it. Often these jour neys go halfway around the world, taking detours and inefficient paths. The amou nt of energy it takes to carry billions of tonnes of fruit each year from remote farms to the city is enormous and has a major impact on the environment. As the cost of oil rises, affecting shipping costs, locally grown produce is quickly b ecoming comparable in price. Buying local is not only better for the environment, it also supports the local economy. It provides consumers with fresher and therefore tastier products.

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