"Green Jenine's" son Justin (my grandson), a fifth grader, obviously has learned a lot from living with an environmentally concerned mom. He recently wrote the following for his school newspaper and since this is definitely information that is important for everyone to be aware of if we are concerned about passing on a cleaner environment to those who come after us, I decided to give him audience -- and, yes, I am a proud Grandma!
1. Unplug your video game chargers when they’re not in use. If you leave the charger in
the wall, it still uses electricity.
2. Use refillable water bottles. It takes a lot of oil and water to make each disposable water bottle. Even if you recycle it, you are still wasting those natural resources.
3. Use reusable lunch boxes. This saves paper used in making brown bags and reduces the amount of garbage you create.
4. Use reusable food containers for lunch and snack. This reduces the amount of garbage you make with little bags and foil.
5. Don't idle at the bus stop. If you drive to the bus stop, do not leave your car on while you wait for the bus. It’s against the law to idle for more than 3 minutes in New Jersey because it pollutes the air.
6. Carpool with your friends. Carpooling saves gas and reduces air pollution.
7. Keep a recycling bin in your bedroom. In Manalapan, you can recycle paper and having a recycling bin in your room will make it easier to collect your waste paper so you don’t throw it in the garbage.
8. Dry your hands with a cloth towel. Do not use paper towels to dry your hand at home, which wastes resources and creates garbage.
9. Always turn off the light and the TV when you leave a room. Leaving them on wastes electricity.
10. Buy paper products made from recycled material. Using things made of recycled material saves resources. For example, your family can buy printer paper and napkins made of recycled paper.
11. Take shorter showers. Taking shorter showers reduces the amount of water you use while showering.
12. Don’t leave the water on while brushing your teeth. If you do leave the water on, you waste water for 2 minutes while you brush.
13. Only use the dishwasher when it’s full. By doing this, you do fewer dishwasher loads, and every wash uses a lot of water.
14. Don’t use the lights if there’s enough light from the window. By doing this, you save electricity but still have enough light.
15. Use both sides of a piece of paper. This helps save paper. You don’t have to do it for everything, but when you can, it helps a lot.