Here are some actions you can take to help curve the toll of resource over­ex­ploita­tion.

  • Use reusable prod­ucts instead of sin­gle use items.
  • A num­ber of every­day sin­gle use items come in reusable forms that save time and effort while also help­ing to reduce plas­tic pol­lu­tion.
  • These include but are not lim­it­ed to reusable water bot­tles, cof­fee mugs, straws, uten­sils, lunch bags, and gro­cery bags.
  • Check out goingzerowaste.com’s ulti­mate list of zero waste swaps to get an idea of how you can start replac­ing your sin­gle use prod­ucts with reusable alter­na­tives: https://www.goingzerowaste.com/blog/the-ultimate-list-of-zero-waste-swaps
  • Get informed on which every­day items can and can’t be recy­cled with waste man­age­ment guide to recy­cling:  http://www.wm.com/recycling-services/home.jsp#section-recycling-rules
  • Lim­it your depen­dence on ener­gy cost­ly ser­vices.
  • Replace your light bulbs with ener­gy sav­ing bulbs and con­sid­er invest­ing in solar ener­gy as pow­er source.
  • Unplug idle elec­tron­ics like tele­vi­sions, microwaves, scan­ners, and print­ers while not using them. Use pow­er strips to reduce your plug load and eas­i­ly cut off pow­er to mul­ti­ple devices.
  • Take a look at how your dai­ly habits con­tribute to your car­bon foot­print using the fol­low­ing site: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/
  • Spend less time on the road.
  • Deliv­ery ser­vices are opti­mized to pro­vide you instant access to prod­ucts, but the envi­ron­men­tal costs of the result­ing fos­sil fuel use isn’t worth the con­ve­nience.
  • When order­ing online, select slow­er ship­ping options to ensure com­pa­nies do not par­tial­ly fill their tucks just for expe­dit­ed deliv­ery.
  • Reduce your use of uber and oth­er ride ser­vices. High num­bers of short uber and lyft rides are start­ing to have a seri­ous impact on the envi­ron­ment as seen this UCLA arti­cle: https://dailybruin.com/2019/01/29/popularity-of-brief-uber-lyft-rides-on-campus-raises-environmental-concerns/
  • Take action to con­serve water in your home.
  • Fill your sink basin with water to wash dish­es instead of let­ting the water run.
  • Avoid let­ting the water run when brush­ing teeth or apply­ing soap on our skins when tak­ing a bath.
  • Install water-sav­ing fix­tures and appli­ances.
  • Install low-flow­ing show­er heads in your show­ers.
  • Use a broom to clean side­walks instead of water hoses.
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